What safety measures are in place for refusing to conduct any procurement activity that is in contravention of the Act for persons that perform the duties of a Procurement Officer but is not the ‘Named’ Procurement Officer?
Section 40(a) provides that a person shall not be dismissed, suspended, demoted, disciplined, harassed, denied a benefit or otherwise negatively affected because –
(a) he, acting in good faith and on the basis of a reasonable belief, has –
(i) notified the DPP, the Police, the Integrity Commission or the Office that his employer or any other person has contravened or is about to contravene this Act;
(ii) done or stated the intention of doing anything that is required to be done in order to avoid having any person contravene this Act; or
(iii) refused to do or stated the intention of refusing to do anything that is in contravention of this Act; or
(b) his employer or any other person believes that he will do something described in paragraph (a)”.
Victimisation – Offences and Penalties (Schedule 1) – carries a fine of Five Hundred Thousand ($500,000) dollars and one (1) year imprisonment on summary conviction.