Maritime Services Board - tendering for helicopter services

This report concerned an investigation into the Maritime Services Board’s (MSB) tendering process for helicopter services in 1987-88 and the association between the then MSB officer and the successful tenderer, a company with no prior experience with helicopters, that won the tender, but performed the contract unsatisfactorily. When the contract expired, helicopter services were provided on an ad hoc basis by the company operating under another name.

In its report on this investigation, made public in July 1991, the ICAC made findings that the conduct of the then MSB officer was corrupt in relation to the tendering process, and stated its opinion that consideration be given to his dismissal but that consideration not be given to his prosecution. The report also recommended that consideration be given to the creation of a new offence forbidding public servants from entering into contracts with government.

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