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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

Probity - Overview

The purpose of this page is to outline the current Probity Policy and processes to be applied within Capital Facilities and Infrastructure.

This policy will enable Project staff to:

  • Understand what Probity is and why it is important in the procurement process;
  • Understand the differences between Probity and Legal Advice;
  • Identify when to use internal Probity advice;
  • Identify when to engage external Probity Advisors from the Defence Infrastructure Panel; and
  • Understand the services available from a Probity Advisor.

In Capital Facilities and Infrastructure, it is mandatory to engage an external Probity Advisor for all projects with a value greater than $6 million, including GST.

For all other projects, the relevant Project Director and Project Officers must consult with the Directorate of Program Assurance (DPA), who will provide internal Probity advice.

When DPA are used as internal probity advisors, the project team must maintain a register of all probity issues that arise during the course of the procurement.

An external probity advisor may be engaged where a project has a value under $6 million but where there are significant risks present in the procurement.