Supplier conduct and Code of Practice

Suppliers to government are expected to conduct their business relationships in accordance with the law and accepted standards of behaviour at all times.

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Supplier conduct

The government relies on the support of commercial partners and suppliers to assist in delivering public value and government services.

The conduct of government's commercial partners and suppliers reflects on the integrity of government's decision-making, service delivery and the integrity of the procurement system. 

Government employees are required to behave ethically and in accordance with the core values for the government sector: Integrity, Trust, Service and Accountability.

The Procurement Board expects similarly high standards of behaviour from the firms and individuals that do business with government.

Commercial partners and suppliers are expected to conduct their business relationships in accordance with the law and accepted standards of behaviour at all times.

Findings of dishonest, unfair, unconscionable, corrupt or illegal conduct, regardless of whether such conduct occurs in the context of a relationship with NSW Government, can adversely affect the government's reputation. Such findings can have a range of consequences for individual suppliers, up to and including being excluded from contracting opportunities with government.

Tenderers and suppliers are required to comply where relevant with the:

Procurement Board Direction 2017-07 Conduct by Suppliers details agency obligations to ensure tenderers and suppliers comply with these requirements.

Code of Practice for Procurement

The Code of Practice for Procurement (PDF, 108 KB) applies to construction procurement.

The code outlines the philosophy, obligations and standards of behaviour expected of all parties in the supply chain during the procurement process.

NSW Industrial Relations Guidelines: Building and Construction Procurement

The NSW Industrial Relations Guidelines: Building and Construction Procurement apply to building and construction companies that bid or tender for NSW Government infrastructure work.

The guidelines reflect the NSW Government’s commitment to greater productivity within the state’s building and construction industry, and are designed to ensure that the NSW Government maximises value for money on its spending on infrastructure projects. In particular, the guidelines are directed to supporting outcomes associated with compliance with the law, productivity, safety and freedom of association.

The guidelines have been in force since 1 July 2013 and were originally referred to as the Implementation Guidelines to the NSW Code of Practice for Procurement: Building and Construction 2013

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