Guiding principles for avoiding liability for corruption


The primary principle:

To minimise the risk of incurring criminal liability for corruption offences, the primary principle is:  Always act honestly. 


The subsidiary principles:

In order to assist you to understand the implications of the primary principle, the following are some subsidiary guiding principles:

  • Ensure that you are aware of the different types of corruption and possible corrupt situations.
  • Do not become involved in any activity which you believe will, or is likely to, involve corruption.
  • Do not comply with any instruction to act corruptly, or which may require you to act corruptly.
  • Do not instruct any other person to act corruptly.
  • Do not make any oral or written statement which you believe is, or might be, untrue or misleading. Only make the statement if you believe it is true.  If you are not sure of the facts, explain to the relevant other party that you are not sure.
  • If you discover that a previous statement you have made is untrue, correct the inaccuracy as soon as possible.
  • Do not provide, conceal, or approve work, materials, equipment or services which you know or suspect are not of the quality and quantity required under contract.
  • Do not give or receive payments, gifts, hospitality or other benefits unless you are reasonably certain that there is no risk of these benefits having, or being perceived to have, a corrupt purpose.
  • If you are a manager, take reasonable steps to prevent any corrupt conduct within the function or department you are managing.

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1st February 2024
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