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First debarment and suspension regime introduced in Australia: what you need to know

The state of Western Australia (WA) has introduced Australia’s first debarment and suspension regime. It establishes grounds and processes through which the WA government can work with suppliers to improve their business practices, and in the worst cases of wrongdoing exclude a supplier from doing business with the WA government.

The regime will have effect from 1 January 2022. It further increases the complexity of the regulatory environment for companies by opening up a new potential form of government scrutiny and investigation while adding to the potential collateral consequences for companies found breaching the law. Click the button below to download the full article where we describe the new WA regime and consider what practical steps companies might take to reduce the risks stemming from the operation of this regime.