Procurement is a major risk area for corruption in the NSW public sector. Its impact can include financial loss, reputational costs, a negative impact on safety, and poor quality goods, services and infrastructure. Recent ICAC investigations into the NSW Fire Brigades, Housing NSW, Roads and Traffic Authority, RailCorp, and TransGrid exposed the costs of procurement-related corruption to these agencies.
Between 1989 and 2010, 26 of the Commission’s investigations involving public inquiries made findings of corrupt conduct related to procurement, including disposal of goods and services. These investigations represent 30% of the 87 investigations involving public inquiries that made findings of corrupt conduct during that period.