Australian businesses operating in international markets need to be aware of their obligations under Australian and foreign law with respect to dealing with foreign public officials.
Bribery of foreign public officials is a serious crime under Australian law, punishable by fines and imprisonment. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. In addition, most foreign countries have laws that prohibit offering or giving a benefit to government officials to improperly influence their actions.
Australian businesses operating offshore should:
For more information, including in relation to facilitation payments, go to the Attorney General's Department webpage on foreign bribery.
The Australian Government has a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption.
It is Austrade policy that:
We ensure our practices comply with the anti-bribery provisions contained in section 70 of the Australian Criminal Code. This includes mandatory training for all our staff on complying with anti-bribery laws.
We have updated our policies and client documentation. We make it clear in service proposals, for example, that we cannot assist businesses to pay bribes or make facilitation payments.