About two-fifths of suppliers to NSW state and local government perceive corruption in public sector procurement to be a moderate problem or worse. Such perceptions may lead to suppliers pricing corruption into their bids or not bidding at all, and almost one-third of suppliers indicated that they had declined to bid on a government contract because of corruption concerns.
Perceptions that certain corruption-prone behaviours occur frequently have the potential to distort procurement processes. A supplier, for instance, may not bid if it is concerned its confidential information may be leaked. Many suppliers believe that specific corruption-prone behaviours occur at least typically in NSW government procurement.