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Probity in your Procurement – Confidence for a Fixed Cost

The Crime and Corruption Commission has recently identified low value procurement as one of the areas of greatest risk for the Queensland public sector. They note, “corruption and integrity risks can be higher for goods and services that are relatively low in financial value because low-value items may be subject to a lower level of scrutiny, even though they are purchased more frequently.”

For Queensland Local Governments it has historically been cost prohibitive to ensure third-party probity oversight of low value procurement processes. To address this gap, Local Buy has now put together a tiered probity offering which offers a fixed fee service for lower value purchasing along with our standard hourly rate service for more complex processes.

Local Buy – Your Procurement Organisation
Local Buy has worked closely with councils for over 20 years and understands that they are under scrutiny now more than ever before. The need for due process and transparency in all procurement is high and can lead to an increase in probity risks. As one of Queensland’s leading providers of probity services, Local Buy understands probity and the long-term reputational damage that probity breaches can bring to councils and to individuals. 

Probity Team – Local Government Expertise
Adam Ozdowski (IAMA accredited Probity Services provider) is Local Buy’s Director & Chief Legal Officer. Adam was one of the first seven probity services providers accredited in Australia by the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (now Resolution Institute). Adam is a qualified Solicitor in both Australia and England and specialises in procurement law.
Michael Byrne is one of Local Buy’s senior Probity specialists. He is an accomplished Probity and Procurement Executive with over 40 years’ experience in the private and public sectors.  Michael was formally Chief Internal Auditor and Chief Procurement Officer at Brisbane City Council (BCC).  
John Lee is a senior commercial, contracts and procurement professional and logistician. His previous roles have included Manager Procurement Governance at BCC and Senior Director of Procurement and Contract Management at Queensland Health.
Owen West has extensive senior procurement experience, having been Chief Procurement Officer of MIM Holdings, a large global mining group, plus Chief Procurement Officer of Powerlink Queensland, the electricity transmission organization in Queensland. Owen also worked within the Strategic Procurement Office at BCC.

Probity Experience – Ensuring Integrity and Compliance
Some of Local Buy’s most recent probity engagements include:

  • Health Services Queensland – Probity Audit (2019)
  • Metro North Hospital and Health Service – Probity Advisory Services (2019)
  • Griffith University – Probity Advisory Services (2019)
  • Ipswich City Council – Probity Advisory Services (2019)
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council – Probity Advisory Services (2019)
  • Brisbane City Council – Probity Advisory Services (2019)
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council – Probity Advisory Services (2018)
  • Whitsunday Regional Council – Probity Advisory Services (2018)

If you would like to discuss how Local Buy Probity can work with you, please contact Adam Ozdowski directly on 0407 804 663 or aozdowski@localbuy.net.au.