Recommendations for corruption prevention

The Commission has made 15 corruption prevention recommendations to all councils in NSW, as follows:

Recommendation 1

That councils communicate to suppliers a clear set of supplier behaviour expectations and the associated consequences for non-compliance.

Recommendation 2

That councils develop a proactive and comprehensive supplier engagement framework.

Recommendation 3

That councils review their codes and policies on gifts and benefits to ensure they effectively communicate expected behaviour in a way that the intended audience can easily grasp.

Recommendation 4

That councils ensure that their policy provides that all staff who hold financial delegations are prohibited from receiving gifts of any kind.

Recommendation 5

That councils ensure that staff training on gifts has a focus on the disciplinary consequences of accepting gifts.

Recommendation 6

That councils assess which of their staff members operate in an environment where relational selling is commonplace, and equip these staff members to recognise and respond to these sales tactics, including the offer of gifts.

Recommendation 7

That councils, if they have not already done so, analyse their procurement processes to identify points of corruption risk and take steps to improve the design of their procurement processes.

Recommendation 8

That councils, if they have not already done so, consider introducing e-procurement as an efficient method of controlling possible vulnerabilities in their system.

Recommendation 9

That councils, if they have not already done so, review which reports are available to the managers of stores and ensure they (councils) can generate a report showing the orders placed by any individual across all cost centres.

Recommendation 10

That councils, if they have not already done so, analyse inventory management systems with a view to improving controls and reducing waste.

Recommendation 11

That councils examine options for control of their pull-based inventory and implement an option that is suitable for their operations.

Recommendation 12

That councils, if they have not already done so, organise their stores so that all items are labelled clearly, stock is securely stored and movement of all goods in or out of the store is recorded on an integrated inventory management system.

Recommendation 13

That councils ensure stocktakes are conducted independently of store officers and by staff knowledgeable about the principles of stocktaking.

Recommendation 14

That council management assesses the residual risk in its store and, if appropriate for the organisation, conducts random spot checks or cycle counts of select aspects of inventory management.

Recommendation 15

That councils, if they have not already done so, consider the risks highlighted by this report, namely,

  • relational selling and gift giving
  • procurement processes
  • inventory management,

and, where they consider the council is at risk, add these topics to their internal audit programs.

Implementation Plans

The implementation plans posted below have been provided by various councils in response to the ICAC's corruption prevention recommendations. Their appearance here is for information only and does not constitute the approval or endorsement of the plan by the Commission.

Progress reports

The progress reports posted below have been provided by various councils in response to the ICAC's corruption prevention recommendations. Their appearance here is for information only and does not constitute the approval or endorsement of the reports by the Commission. Please note that the Waverley Council 12 month report was the final report for that agency.

Final reports

The final reports posted below have been provided by various councils in response to the ICAC's corruption prevention recommendations. Their appearance here is for information only and does not constitute the approval or endorsement of the reports by the Commission.