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2008

NSW Fire Brigades - allegations of corruption concerning capital works and maintenance projects (Operation Mirna)

The ICAC investigated whether project managers and others engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to the awarding and management of NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) capital works and maintenance projects.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 18 December 2008, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against six individuals and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of four of those individuals and one of their wives for various criminal offences. A total of 14 corruption prevention recommendations were made to the NSWFB to support and complement its existing initiatives.

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RailCorp - allegations of fraud and bribery in relation to procurement (Operation Monto)

The ICAC investigated allegations that RailCorp employees and contractors acted fraudulently and/or engaged in bribery in relation to the procurement of goods and services.

The ICAC's first and second reports were made public in August 2008, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth reports in September 2008, the seventh report in November 2008 and the eighth report, which addressed corruption prevention issues, was made public in December 2008.

The ICAC made 96 findings of corrupt conduct against 31 people in relation to all segments of this investigation, and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 33 individuals for a total of 663 criminal offences.

The final report made 40 corruption prevention recommendations about changes to RailCorp’s structure, practices and procedures aimed at reducing opportunities for similar corrupt conduct to occur, or continue to occur.

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Wollongong City Council - allegations of corrupt conduct in relation to development applications, approvals and other matters (Operation Atlas)

The ICAC investigated allegations that former and current officials of Wollongong City Council and developers engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to the assessment of development applications and a range of other matters.

Part 1 of the Commission’s report on this investigation, made public on 4 March 2008, made a recommendation under section 74C(1) of the ICAC Act that consideration be given to the making of a proclamation under the Local Government Act 1993 that all civic offices in relation to Wollongong City Council be declared vacant.

Part 2 of the report, made public on 28 May 2008, made a recommendation under section 74C(3B) of the ICAC Act that consideration be given to the suspension of the development consent granted by the Council on 18 August 2005 for a proposed $100 million development known as “Quattro” with a view to its revocation because of serious corrupt conduct in connection with the grant of the consent.

Part 3 of the report, made public on 8 October 2008, made corrupt conduct findings against a former member of Council staff; two property developers; three of the formner staff member's superiors at Council, the former general manager and two former senior managers, and four former councillors.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 11 persons for specified criminal offences and made a total of 27 corruption prevention recommendations – two to the Minister for Planning, four to the Department of Planning, one to all NSW local councils and 20 to Wollongong City Council.

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Department of Housing - allegations of corrupt conduct in allocation of public housing (Operation Greenway)

The ICAC investigated whether a Department of Housing Senior Client Services Officer corruptly solicited and received cash payments from prospective tenants to fast-track their applications as part of a scheme in which he collaborated with two tenants.

In its investigation report, made public on 31 January 2008, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the three individuals, and six other persons who were involved in paying money to the officer in return for receiving public housing allocations.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the three individuals and two others for various offences. The ICAC made a total of 18 corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Housing.

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2007

Wollongong City Council - allegations of bribery (Operation Berna)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that a developer attempted to bribe Wollongong City Council’s manager commercial projects and property by offering the manager $30,000 to favourably treat the developer’s proposal to purchase and develop a Council property known as the Thomas Street car park.

The Commission also examined a counter-allegation by the developer that the manager had attempted to solicit a bribe, and the reasons for the delay by the Council’s former general manager in reporting the alleged bribe to the ICAC in accordance with their obligation under section 11 of the ICAC Act.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 20 December 2007, the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against the developer and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for specified criminal offences.

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Bankstown and Strathfield councils - corrupt manipulation of contract procurement (Operation Torrens)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a former council officer at Bankstown and Strathfield councils, and a contractor.

The investigation focused on a scheme where the council officer favoured a contractor by forging quotes and arranging for the contractor to submit dummy quotes to falsely demonstrate that they had followed council procurement procedures.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 15 November 2007, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against both individuals. Due to the lack of available admissible evidence, the Commission was not of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for any criminal offence. Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to Bankstown and Strathfield councils.

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Roads and Traffic Authority - corrupt conduct in issuing of driver licences (Operation Sirona)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) officer, and others, engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to the issuing of driver licences.

In its investigation report, made public on 20 September 2007, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the officer, two others who facilitated the scheme and 22 other persons. The ICAC was of the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the officer, and the two individuals who facilitated the scheme, for specified criminal offences. The Commission also recommended that the RTA consider disciplinary action against the officer. A total of 22 corruption prevention recommendations were made to the RTA.

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Parramatta City Council - corrupt conduct associated with regulation of brothels (Operation Pelion)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a compliance officer at Parramatta City Council solicited and received corrupt rewards in connection with the exercise of their official functions.

In its investigation report, made public on 22 August 2007, the ICAC found that that the officer and 10 brothel operators and prostitutes engaged in corrupt conduct. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the officer and 10 other persons for criminal offences.

Thirteen corruption prevention recommendations were made – 10 to Parramatta City Council and three to the NSW Minister for Planning and the NSW Attorney General.

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RailCorp - corrupt conduct associated with air-conditioning contracts (Operation Persis)

The ICAC investigated whether a RailCorp employee received corrupt rewards from two RailCorp contractors in return for the awarding of RailCorp air-conditioning maintenance and other work to them.

In its investigation report, made public on 18 June 2007, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the employee and the contractors. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution, and also that of another individual, for specified criminal offences.

A total of 27 corruption prevention recommendations were made to RailCorp.

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Board of Studies NSW & Department of Education and Training - HSC take-home assessment tasks (Operation Bligh)

The ICAC conducted an investigation and systems review of corruption risks associated with HSC take-home assessment tasks. The ICAC's investigation focused on the provision of tutoring services by a private tutoring business, Acclaim Education, and on the review and analysis of the applicable regulatory frameworks and organisational policies, procedures and practices.  

No finding of corrupt conduct was made. However, the ICAC’s investigation made it apparent that there were several corruption risk areas which needed to be addressed by the relevant public authorities.

In its investigation report, released on 1 March 2007, the ICAC made a total of 20 corruption prevention recommendations, 14 directed to the Board of Studies NSW, five to the Department of Education and Training and one to the Minister for Education and Training. 

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2006

Roads and Traffic Authority & RailCorp - investigation into defrauding the RTA and RailCorp in relation to provision of traffic management services (Operation Quilla)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) officer and a contractor had defrauded the RTA in relation to payments for provision of traffic "tidal flow" services and RailCorp in relation to payments for traffic management services during rail shutdowns.

In its investigation report, made public on 21 December 2006, the Commission made findings of corrupt conduct against the officer and the contractor. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of both individuals for specified criminal offences.

A total of 30 corruption prevention recommendations were made - 16 to the RTA and 14 to RailCorp.

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Department of Housing - sale of surplus properties (Operation Aztec)

The ICAC investigated suspected corrupt conduct by a former public official, two real estate agents and possibly others in relation to the sale of surplus properties by the former Home Purchase Assistance Authority and the NSW Department of Housing.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 26 October 2006, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the former officer of the Home Purchase Assistance Authority and the NSW Department of Housing, and the two real estate agents. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for various offences. The ICAC also made four corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Housing.

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Department of Corrective Services - community service orders (Operation Cadmus)

The ICAC investigated allegations that an employee of the Department of Corrective Services and others engaged in corrupt conduct in connection with the case management of community service orders (CSO).

In its investigation report, made public on 20 September 2006, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against a CSO organiser at the Bankstown office of the Probation and Parole Service, four CSO offenders and four community service work supervisors.

The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the DPP should be obtained with respect to the prosecution of seven of the individuals for specified offences, and made 24 corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Corrective Services to address deficiencies in the CSO scheme.

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Burwood Council - conduct of two Burwood councillors (Operation Odin)

The ICAC investigated a number of allegations of corrupt conduct involving bribery relating to Burwood Council.

It was alleged that the mayor and former mayor were bribed to approve development applications.

It was also alleged that they received these bribes whilst travelling to Lebanon on a Council-funded trip with developers in August and September 2004, that they deceived Burwood Council about key aspects of the trip to Lebanon and that the reimbursement of their flight costs was inappropriate.

The ICAC also investigated complaints that  the mayor had failed to properly disclose pecuniary interests relating to Council business.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 7 August 2006, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person. The report made five corruption prevention recommendations - two to Burwood Council in relation to its overseas travel policy and the disclosure of non-pecuniary conflicts of interest, and three to the Department of Local Government in relation to the disclosure and management of pecuniary interests.

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Department of Corrective Services - alleged cover-up of an assault on an inmate at Parramatta Correctional Centre (Operation Inca)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of correctional officers employed by the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) in relation to an alleged cover-up of the assault of an inmate at Parramatta Correctional Centre (PCC) on 4 August 2005.

In its investigation report, made public on 8 June 2006, the ICAC found that the acting Deputy Governor of the PCC engaged in corrupt conduct and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the acting Deputy Governor and another DCS officer.

The ICAC also made 16 corruption prevention recommendations to the DCS to minimise the risk of such conduct reoccurring.

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Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Roads and Traffic Authority - alleged leaking of a draft Cabinet minute (Operation Derwent)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that confidential information in a draft Cabinet minute, prepared by the Roads and Traffic Authority, about costs associated with the proposed relocation of the Sydney Cross City Motorway tunnel ventilation stack, was provided to a motorway consortium by a contractor employed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 19 April 2006, made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person. One corruption prevention recommendation was made, that the NSW Cabinet Office provides guidelines for public sector agencies about the security required for draft Cabinet material.

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Attorney General's Department - corrupt offers of assistance to defendants by an officer of the Local Court Registry, Penrith (Operation Hunter)

The ICAC investigated whether an officer of the Local Court Registry at Penrith had sought money from defendants in proceedings before the Local Court and other persons in return for purported assistance in relation to those proceedings.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 28 February 2006, made findings of corrupt conduct against the officer and stated the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the officer, and an associate, and that the Attorney-General's Department should consider disciplinary action against  the officer. Twelve corruption prevention recommendations were made to the Attorney-General's Department to address weaknesses in information security policies and systems.

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2005

Office of Fair Trading and TAFE - schemes to fraudulently obtain building licences (Operation Ambrosia)

The ICAC investigated a number of schemes which exploited weaknesses in the licensing system in order to fraudulently obtain contractor licences for residential building and building trade work.

In its investigation report, made public on 20 December 2005, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against 36 persons and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of each of these persons. The report made a total of 24 corruption prevention recommendations to the Office of Fair Trading, the Building Industry Skills Centre, the Department of Education and Training in relation to TAFE and TAFE Plus, the Minister for Education and Training and the Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board.

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WorkCover NSW - issuing of competency certificates (Operation Cassowary)

The ICAC investigated the issuing of thousands of false certificates of competency through the Certification Unit of the WorkCover Authority of NSW (WorkCover). The investigation established that certificates were issued without the applicants having undergone any assessment process and that false certificates were sold and disseminated through a network of distributors.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 14 December 2005, made findings of corrupt conduct against 23 persons, including three former WorkCover employees, 16 distributors of the certificates and four applicants for the false certificates.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 18 of these individuals for specified offences, and made 19 corruption prevention recommendations to WorkCover NSW.

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South Western Sydney Area Health Service - investigation into various allegations (Operation Jardine)

The ICAC investigated alleged misconduct within the South Western Sydney Area Health Service (SWSAHS), alleged mistreatment of persons who complained about such conduct and associated circumstances.

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation.

The first report, made public on 13 April 2005, dealt with allegations that a former NSW Minister for Health mistreated nurses who brought complaints to him. The second report, made public on 22 September 2005, dealt with a large number of separate allegations made by three nurses and a number of other persons, most of whom were employees of the SWSAHS. None of the allegations investigated by the ICAC were ultimately substantiated.

No findings of corrupt conduct or related recommendations were made in either report.

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Liverpool City Council / NSW Parliament - Orange Grove Centre (Operation Sirius)

The ICAC investigated the original development consent granted by Liverpool City Council for the Orange Grove warehouse clearance outlet, and the circumstances surrounding the refusal by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (Planning Administration) to approve an amendment to the draft Liverpool Local Environmental Plan relating to the Orange Grove centre.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 11 August 2005, the ICAC made no corrupt conduct findings against any person.

Three corruption prevention recommendations were made in the report, two to the NSW Government and one to the then Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.

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University of Newcastle - handling of allegations of plagiarism (Operation Orion)

The ICAC investigated the handling by the University of Newcastle of allegations of plagiarism by students at an offshore campus of the University’s Graduate School of Business.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 30 June 2005, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the then head of the Graduate School and his then Deputy.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of any individual for specified criminal offences and stated its opinion that the Vice-Chancellor of the University should give consideration to the taking of disciplinary action (but not dismissal) against the University's Deputy Vice-Chencellor.

The report also made five corruption prevention recommendations to the University of Newcastle, relating to assessment policy, policy compliance, administrative capacity, internal investigative capacity and risk management.

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Strathfield Municipal Council - allegations of bribery (Operation Cordoba)

The ICAC investigated circumstances surrounding the payment of money to the then Mayor of Strathfield, including the relationships between certain councillors, developers and others in relation to property developments.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 23 June 2005, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the Mayor, a Strathfield councillor, a then-serving NSW police officer and another individual. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of those four persons, and two other additional persons, for specified offences. No corruption prevention recommendations were made.

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Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council - property dealings (Operation Unicorn)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of certain officers of the Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council (KLALC) in relation to certain property dealings, which took place between approximately 1997 and 2002.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 1 April 2005, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings in relation to the former chairperson of KLALC; a director of Sanpine Pty Ltd; a consultant and project manager; a chartered accountant and director of Sanpine; the former co-ordinator of KLALC; the former treasurer of  KLALC; the former development manager with Villa World Limited; and a native title and land rights consultant.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of six individuals for specified offences.

The ICAC also made seven corruption prevention recommendations to the State Government to reduce the risk of corrupt conduct in relation to the holding of land by Aboriginal land councils in NSW.

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2004

NSW Parliament - alleged misuse of allowances and resources by a Member of the Legislative Council (Operation Triton)

The ICAC investigated the alleged misuse of Parliamentary allowances and resources by a Member of the NSW Legislative Council.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 17 December 2004, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person. Ten corruption prevention recommendations were made to the NSW Parliament to prevent any misuse of the parliamentary entitlements system.

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University of Sydney and UNSW - fraudulent student applications

The ICAC investigated fraudulent applications for the enrolment of 24 overseas full-fee paying students at the University of Sydney in 2003.

All of these applications involved forged documents showing students had graduated from the Foundation Studies course at the University of NSW (UNSW) when they had not, or that students had attained a higher mark in the Foundation Studies course than they actually achieved.

The ICAC was unable to identify the core offenders, its investigation hindered by a delay by University of Sydney staff in promptly reporting the fraud. It has recommended the University ensure all staff are familiar with procedures to promptly report suspected corrupt conduct.

In its report on this investigation, provided to the NSW Minister for Education and Training under section 14(2) of the ICAC Act on 15 October 2004 and subsequently made public, the ICAC did not make findings of corrupt conduct against any person and did not state an opinion that consideration should be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

The report examined the relevant policies and procedures at the University of Sydney and at UNSW, and made 10 corruption prevention recommendations to these two universities to address corruption risks associated with overseas students programs, the use of agents and enrolment procedures, and to improve understanding of and compliance with reporting requirements.

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Department of Corrective Services - smuggling of contraband into Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre, Silverwater (Operation Montessa)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a corrections officer was taking contraband into the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre at Silverwater Correctional Complex.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 2 September 2004, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct in relation to the officer. On 21 June 2004, the officer pleaded guilty to offences under the Summary Offences Act 1988 and the Crimes Act 1900 and was convicted. In its report the ICAC stated its opinion that consideration need not be given to his prosecution for any other specified offences.

The ICAC made five corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Corrective Services to assist it to minimise the entry of contraband into correctional centres.

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WorkCover NSW - safety certification and training in the construction industry (Operation Cassandra)

The ICAC investigated the activities of assessors accredited to WorkCover NSW to conduct competency assessments and OH&S training for operators of heavy plant and equipment.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 30 June 2004, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against six persons formerly employed by WorkCover NSW as accredited assessors, and also against a former WorkCover NSW accredited trainer.

The ICAC stated that consideration should be given to the prosecution of these seven persons, and also against, the Managing Director of Whyco Crane Services Pty Ltd for specified offences.

In its report the ICAC also made 14 corruption prevention recommendations to WorkCover NSW to addressed identified corruption risks.

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NSW Parliament - misuse of entitlements by a NSW MP and former minister (Operation Wingate)

The ICAC investigated possible misuse of parliamentary entitlements in 2003 by a member of the NSW Parliament and former Minister, and statements made by him concerning that conduct (Operation Wingate).

In its report on this investigation, made public on 16 June 2004, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the MP and former minister in relation to his misuse of parliamentary resources and making a false and misleading statement to the ICAC. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to his prosecution for specified offences. In its report the ICAC also made 10 corruption prevention recommendations to the NSW Parliament.

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Department of Corrective Services - introduction of contraband into Goulburn Correctional Centre (Operation Centaur)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a corrections officer in relation to the introduction of contraband into the High Risk Management Unit at Goulburn Correctional Centre.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 26 February 2004, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the corrections officer and stated that consideration should be given to his prosecution for specified offences. The ICAC also made six corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Corrective Services to address the entry into and control of contraband in correctional centres and to enhance corruption resistance across the correctional centre system.

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NSW Health - alleged misreporting of hospital waiting list data

The ICAC investigated whether any person deliberately misreported or dishonestly manipulated hospital waiting list data at Prince of Wales, St George, St Vincents, Sydney/Sydney Eye and Bankstown Hospitals and the two area health services responsible for those hospitals - South Eastern Sydney and South Western Sydney Area Health Services.

In its report on this investigation, made to the NSW Department of Health on 13 February 2004 under section 14(2) of the ICAC Act and subsequently made public, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person. The ICAC made nine corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Health to address identified deficiencies in waiting list guidelines.

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2003

NSW public sector - use of fraudulent qualifications (Operation Bosco)

The ICAC investigated the circumstances in which an individual falsely claimed to have certain academic qualifications when applying for various public and private sector positions between 1987 and 2002.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 3 December 2003, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the individual and stated its opinion that consideration be given to prosecution of the individual for specified offences. The report also made four corruption prevention recommendations relating to NSW public sector recruitment policies and procedures.

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Department of Fair Trading - applications for building and trade licences (Operation Squirrel)

The ICAC investigated the authenticity of qualifications and related documents submitted as part of certain applications to the Department of Fair Trading (DFT) for building and trade licences.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 6 November 2003, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against an individual who fraudulently submitted applications to DFT for building and trade licences on behalf of a number of applicants. The Commission stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the individual for specified offences and that the Attorney-General consider removing them from the position of justice of the peace. In its report the ICAC also made five corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Fair Trading to address identified risks in licence application processes.

This report is no longer available online. Request the report on Department of Fair Trading - applications for building and trade licences (Operation Squirrel).

 

Integral Energy - award of contracts and tenders (Operation Grenache)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officers of Integral Energy in relation to the award of contracts and tenders for the disposal of goods and services, including decommissioned transformers.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 29 September 2003, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against a former Integral Energy employee and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the former employee for specified offences. Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to Integral Energy.

This report is no longer available online. Request the report on investigation into the conduct of an officer of Integral Energy (Operation Grenache).

 

Rail Infrastructure Corporation - Menangle Bridge safety issues (Operation Grendal)

The ICAC investigated whether any person engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to actions arising from reports submitted to the Rail Infrastructure Corporation (RIC) recommending closure of Menangle Bridge to rail traffic.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 4 September 2003, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person and stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person. Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to the RIC to improve reporting and accountability procedures and systems, and enhance the RIC's ability to effectively demonstrate rail infrastructure is safe for public use.

This report is no longer available online. Requestthe report on investigation into conduct of the Rail InfrastructureCorporation and others in relation to Menangle Bridge.

 

NSW Grains Board - cover-up of losses and profiteering (Operation Agnelli)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of certain officers of the NSW Grains Board in relation to the cover-up of losses by senior managers, currency speculation and profiteering by the former Queensland regional manager.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 28 August 2003, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against four persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of three of those persons for specified offences.

The ICAC's investigation identified five integrity risks of particular relevance to public sector boards operating in a commercial environment.

This report is no longer available online. Request the report on investigation into the conduct of certain officers of the NSW Grains Board.

 

NSW Parliament - misuse of entitlements by an MLC (Operation Athens)

The ICAC investigated whether a member of the Legislative Council (MLC) had misused parliamentary entitlements and allowances.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 10 July 2003, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the MLC and stated its opinion that consideration be given to their prosecution for specified offences and to their expulsion from the Legislative Council.

Three corruption prevention recommendations were made to the NSW Parliamentary administration to improve the administration and auditing of parliamentary entitlements.

This report is no longer available online. Request the report on an investigation into the conduct of the Hon. Malcolm Jones MLC.

 

Department of Housing - conflicts of interest

The ICAC investigated the conduct of an employee of Resitech, a service agency of the Department of Housing (DOH), and his dealings with the construction firm Australian Colour Enterprises Pty Ltd.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 29 May 2003, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person, but found that the employee had failed to manage a conflict of interest in compliance with the Department of Housing's Code of Conduct, and stated its opinion that the Department of Housing should give consideration to taking disciplinary action against the employee.

In its report the ICAC made five corruption prevention recommendations to Resitech to improve its tendering policies and procedures.

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Department of Housing - handling of applications for priority public housing

The ICAC investigated the conduct of an officer of the Department of Housing (DOH) in handling and processing applications for priority public housing.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 15 May 2003, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the DOH officer and a DOH tenant. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of both individuals for specified offences and that the DOH give consideration to taking disciplinary action against the DOH officer.

In its report the ICAC also made 13 corruption prevention recommendations to the DOH.

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Liverpool City Council - proposed development at Woodward Park

The ICAC investigated whether any person engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to a proposed development of a club and hotel facility for the Bulldogs Leagues Club at Woodward Park, Liverpool.

The investigation focused on two main issues:

  • whether any person solicited or offered to make a financial contribution to the Australian Labor Party in return for obtaining Government support for any aspect of the development, and
  • the involvement of Liverpool City Council staff in the development, and in particular whether any Council officer or other person acted corruptly in relation to that involvement.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 27 February 2003, the ICAC made no findings that any person engaged in corrupt conduct, and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of one of the witnesses who gave evidence for an offence under section 87 of the ICAC Act of giving false or misleading evidence to the ICAC.

This report is no longer available online. Request the report on investigation into conduct concerning the Woodward Park project.

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2002

University of Technology, Sydney - fraudulent alteration of student records

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officers of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and other persons in relation to the unauthorised alteration of academic records, appropriateness of granting subject exemptions and alterations to computerised student records.

In its report on this investigation, made public in August 2002, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against a former student liaison officer and nine students. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the student liaison officer for specified offences and the prosecution of one of the students for an offence under section 87 of the ICAC Act.

The ICAC made a number of corruption prevention recommendations to UTS, grouped under eight headings: specific e-corruption strategies, leadership, code of conduct, complaint handling, gifts and benefits, training and development, external environment and risk management.

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Rockdale City Council - corrupt conduct associated with development proposals

The ICAC investigated the conduct of two Rockdale City Council councillors and their dealings with property developers and two intermediaries. The investigation also examined whether donations to a political organisation were sought or made for the purpose of currying favour for a particular development with councillors aligned with the ALP.

In its investigation report, made public on 9 July 2002, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against six persons. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of these six persons for specified offences and that consideration be given to the suspension of a councillor from civic office, with a view to their dismissal, for serious corrupt conduct.

The report canvasses the need for further reform of development control systems, and controls on political donations and influence at the local government level.

This report is no longer available online. Request the report on corrupt conduct associated with development proposals at Rockdale City Council (Operation Trophy).

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2001

National Parks and Wildlife Service and ICAC - allegations of corrupt conduct

The ICAC investigated matters arising from a memorandum that a former employee of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), claimed to have discovered on his NPWS personnel file in the presence of another NPWS employee. The memorandum indicated that NPWS officers had engaged in corrupt and criminal conduct and also contained an inference that an ICAC officer was prepared to act inappropriately at the request of NPWS officers.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 19 December 2001, the ICAC made findings that the former employee had been responsible for creating the memorandum and placing it on his NPWS personnel file and made findings of corrupt conduct against him and the other employee. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of both individuals for specified offences and that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against the other employee.

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Department of Education and ministerial staff - matters arising from a ministerial statement to the Legislative Assembly

The ICAC investigated whether public officials acted improperly in relation to circumstances arising from a statement by the then Minister for Education and Training in the Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament on 10 April 2001. The Minister's statement concerned entries in a high school student’s diary, including descriptions of suicide and doing a ‘replica’ of the Columbine High School massacre. The ICAC's investigation focused on two specific matters:

  • whether public officials improperly ordered the NSW Police Media Unit to withdraw a media statement that contradicted the Minister's statement that police had been contacted about the incident, and
  • whether public officials falsified advice to the media that the student had access to a gun.

In the report on its investigation, made public on 10 August 2001, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person and stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

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Liverpool City Council - conduct of garbage contractors

The ICAC investigated the activities of two Liverpool City Council (LCC) contractors. The investigation into the first contractor concerned alleged irregularities in the disposal of LCC waste. The investigation into the other contractor examined allegations that it had deliberately failed to meet contract specifications or, in some instances, did not actually carry out work for which it was paid.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 31 July 2001, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person and stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

The ICAC identified a number of deficiencies in the LCC's administration of the relevant contracts and listed eight key points to manage corruption risks associated with contracting by the public sector.

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State Rail Authority - conduct of a technical specialist

The ICAC investigated the conduct of an information technology specialist who was formerly employed by the State Rail Authority (SRA) in a division called the Data Network Management Group (DNMG). The ICAC examined the specialist’s conduct in: selling his own equipment, on his own advice, to the SRA at an inflated price and disguising the conflict of interest this created; having in his personal possession a substantial amount of SRA computer equipment; and engaging in outside employment.
During the investigation the conduct of an employee of another firm was also examined in relation to the first matter.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 27 April 2001, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against both individuals, and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the information technology specialist for specified offences. The report also made observations about a number of corruption risks identified in the course of this investigation and the implications for NSW public sector agencies.

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2000

NSW Parliament - allegations of cover-up regarding alleged indecent assault

The ICAC investigated whether there had been an attempted cover-up with regard to an alleged indecent assault by a Member of Parliament on a woman at the NSW Parliament House in September 2000.

In the report on its investigation, made public on 20 December 2000, the ICAC made findings that no person had acted to falsely concoct or withhold evidence, or attempted to improperly persuade anyone not to report or otherwise seek investigation of the alleged indecent assault, that is, to cover-up what had occurred on that evening, and that no person had engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to the matters investigated.

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Roads and Traffic Authority - rebirthing of motor vehicles

The ICAC investigated allegations that former and serving officers of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and others were involved in the registration of stolen motor vehicles – ‘rebirthing’. The investigation also examined the activities of Authorised Unregistered Vehicle Inspection Station (AUVIS) in providing blue slips for fraudulent registrations.

In its investigation report, made public in November 2000, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 31 individuals and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of 29 persons for specified offences. The report also identified a number of corruption prevention issues to be addressed by the RTA.

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NSW Parliament - use of parliamentary travel entitlements by a Member of Parliament

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a Member of Parliament (MP) in relation to his use of air travel warrants and the entitlements of various members of Parliament towards payment for air charters organised by him on 6 and 7 May 1993, 25-29 July 1994, 28 September 1994 and 10 October 1994.

In its report on this investigation, made public in October 2000, the ICAC found that the Member and his electorate officer acted without due care, attention, and diligence. No findings of corrupt conduct were made against any person and the ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person. A recommendation was made that the MP repay to Parliament the sum of $7,507.32 for air charters using warrants or entitlements that should not have been utilised.

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South Sydney Council - administration and auditing of cleaning contracts

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officers of South Sydney Council and others in relation to Council cleaning contracts. An audit report on Council cleaning contracts by the Council's Corporate Audit Group had found 13 instances of order splitting involving the Council's Cleaning Coordinator and a contractor, and 17 instances where work undertaken by a contractor was certified by the Council Cleaning Coordinator as being satisfactorily performed prior to the date the work was actually undertaken.

The ICAC's investigation focused on the Council's engagement and use of cleaning contractors, its recruitment and employment of new staff, whether the Council's Mayor or others had intervened in relation to the 1999 audit of cleaning contracts and the role of the Mayor and others in the decision to disband the Council's Corporate Audit Group.

In its report on this investigation, made public in October 2000, the ICAC found that there was no evidence that any officer of South Sydney Council or anyone else had engaged in corrupt conduct.

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Greyhound Racing Authority - bribery and secret commissions

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officials of the Greyhound Racing Authority (NSW) (GRA) in relation to their dealings with the owners and trainers of racing greyhounds. In particular, the investigation focused on the relationships of the Chief Steward of the GRA with certain trainers and owners of greyhounds.

In its report on this investigation, made public in August 2000, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the Chief Steward and five other people. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of these six persons for specified offences.

In its report the ICAC also made 16 corruption resistance recommendations including in relation to review of the role of the steward’s powers, record-keeping, training and drug testing.

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Department of Corrective Services - fifth report - allegations of corruption in two inmate escapes

The ICAC conducted a major investigation into the conduct of officers of the NSW Department of Corrective Services and other persons in relation to the operation of that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with a separate aspect of this investigation were produced and made public between February 1998 and April 2000.

The fifth and final report on this investigation, made public in April 2000, concerned allegations of high-level corruption in the Department of Corrective Services in relation to two separate escape attempts by prison inmates in 1993 and 1996. The ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person in this report, stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of any person and stated its opinion that the Commissioner of the Department of Corrective Services should give consideration to taking disciplinary action against an acting Policy and Project Officer with the Department, in relation to his failure to provide accurate information to another DCS officer.

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1999

Liverpool City Council - conduct of former purchasing officer

The ICAC investigated purchasing activities of Liverpool City Council and how that system was abused by its Purchasing Manager in his dealings with several contractors who were awarded contracts for Council work.

In its report on this investigation, made public in November 1999, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the purchasing manager and seven contractors. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of two persons for specified offences and recommended that the General Manager of Liverpool City Council finalise current disciplinary action against another Council officer in relation to conflict of interest matters. In its report the ICAC also examines what actions could have been taken by Council to prevent the purchasing manager's subversion of purchasing procedures.

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Environment Protection Authority - employees' dealings with approvals and licence-holders

The ICAC investigated the conduct of employees of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in their dealings with a number of companies and individuals holding approvals and licences issued by the EPA.

In its report on this investigation, made public in November 1999, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against eight people and two companies and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of one person for specified offences. Information gathered as a result of this investigation was referred to the Australian Taxation Office.

The report also analysed corruption risks in regulatory functions and made a recommendation to the EPA that it assess the effectiveness of its various strategies to improve ethical standards and provide a report to the ICAC on its progress and achievements within the first 12 months of operation.

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Department of Corrective Services - fourth report - abuse of official power and authority

The ICAC conducted a major investigation into  the conduct of officers of the NSW Department of Corrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operation of that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with a separate aspect of this investigation were produced and made public between February 1998 and April 2000.

The fourth report on this investigation, made public in November 1999, dealt with the conduct of Leslie John Kelly, a DCS correctional officer, while he was Acting Governor of the Wollongong Periodic Detention Centre (WPDC), in particular his handling of complaints against other correctional officers, his attitude towards certain detainees and the maintenance of discipline within the WPDC. In this report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against Mr Kelly and stated its opinion that consideration be given to his prosecution for specified offences and to the taking of disciplinary action against him with a view to his dismissal.

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Department of State and Regional Development - disposition of Illawarra Development Board funds

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officers of the Illawarra Development Board (IDB) in relation to its financial affairs, the disposition of Board assets and the audit, control, management, supervision and other systems and procedures in place in relation to the IDB to 30 June 1990 and thereafter in relation to the dissolution of the IDB and the disposition of its remaining assets.

In its report on this investigation, made public in October 1999, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the former Executive Officer of the IDB and Regional Development Manager of the Department of State and Regional Development. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to:

  • his prosecution for specified criminal offences,
  • the taking of action against him with a view to terminating his employment,
  • the taking of action against him for specified disciplinary offences, and
  • instituting civil proceedings against him for the recovery of unlawfully appropriated public monies.

In its report the ICAC also made seven corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of State and Regional Development in particular and to all public sector agencies in general.

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Sydney Ferries - fraudulent creation and use of tickets at Manly Wharf

The ICAC investigated the conduct of ticket sellers at Manly Wharf. The investigation disclosed that a number of employees manipulated the ticket selling machines at Manly Wharf to produce tickets that could be sold but which were not recorded by the ticketing system as sold tickets.

In its report on this investigation, made public in October 1999, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against five former Sydney Ferries employees and stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

The ICAC established that the corrupt conduct had occurred because no one in the revenue department of Sydney Ferries or supervisors of the relevant staff were aware of how the ticket machines operated or understood the system’s internal checks to detect fraud. An analysis of the shortcomings that permitted the ticket sellers’ misconduct to go undetected for so long and the changes made by Sydney Ferries in response were detailed in the report.

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Department of Corrective Services - third report - activities of two correctional officers

The ICAC conducted a major investigation into the conduct of officers of the NSW Department of Corrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operation of that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with a separate aspect of this investigation were produced and made public between February 1998 and April 2000.

The ICAC's third report on this investigation, made public in June 1999, dealt with the activities of two former correctional officers in terms of inappropriate relationships and dealings with serving and former inmates. This segment of the investigation also examined aspects of the DCS Work Release Program and testing of inmates by urinalysis for prohibited substances.

This segment of the investigation established that one of the former correctional officers had smuggled drugs to a prison inmate and removed adverse documents from an inmate’s official file in return for cash payments, and that the other former correctional officer had developed improper associations with serving and former inmates, told a work release inmate of staff shortages and movements, and warned an inmate of impending drug testing.  

In its report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the two former correctional officers and three other persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of one of the former correctional officers and two other persons for specified offences.

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Sydney City Council - bribery in relation to the use of weighbridges at St Peters and elsewhere

The ICAC investigated allegations that Sydney City Council employees working as weighbridge operators at the St Peters waste depot were accepting bribes from the operators of commercial waste disposal businesses to understate the quantity of waste tipped at the depot by those businesses.

In its report on this investigation, made public in June 1999. the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against two former Sydney City Council weighbridge operators, two operators of a commercial waste disposal company, and against their company. The ICAC recommended that consideration be given to the prosecution of these four inviduals and of the company for specified offences.

In the course of its investigation into this matter the ICAC received and investigated allegations of similar conduct at other waste disposal depots operated by NSW councils, including allegations that weighbridge operators at Gosford City Council's South Woy Woy waste depot were accepting bribes in return for allowing commercial waste disposal businesses to tip waste at that depot without charge. The ICAC urged all NSW councils to refer to the 10 corruption prevention recommendations made by the ICAC  and implemented by Sydney City Council.

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Aboriginal land councils - second report - conflicts of interest, theft, misuse of resources and recruitment issues

The ICAC investigated the practices and procedures of Aboriginal land councils in NSW and produced three reports on this investigation between April 1998 and October 1999.

The second report on this investigation, made public in June 1999, deals with the ICAC's investigation of a number of complaints made against individuals in the Aboriginal land council system at or prior to the investigation, which commenced in late 1994. The complaints alleged misuse of land council money and assets, maladministration, lack of proper record-keeping, nepotism, cronyism, other favouritism and conflicts of interest.

In its report on this phase of the investigation the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 11 persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of five of these persons for specified offences, to the removal of two of these persons from their positions as chairpersons of Local Aboriginal Land Councils and to the removal of one of these persons as a councillor of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.  

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1998

NSW Parliament - Parliamentary and electorate travel entitlements and other parliamentary allowances(first and second reports)

The ICAC investigated the use of parliamentary and electorate travel entitlements and other parliamentary allowances and produced two investigation reports. 

The ICAC's first report on this investigation, made public in April 1998, deals with the conduct of seven members of the NSW Parliament in relation to five air charters organised by one of the MPs when he was Shadow Minister for Transport and Roads. In this report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against one member of Parliament and recommended that consideration be given to his prosecution for specified offences and that consideration should be given by the NSW Legislative Assembly to the taking of action against him in respect of his membership of the Legislative Assembly.

The ICAC's second report on this investigation, made public in December 1998, deals with the ICAC's analysis of the use of the entitlements and allowances allocated to members of the NSW Parliament and the relevant administrative systems operating within the NSW Parliament. Sixty-three recommendations were made in the report for the reform of parliamentary administrative systems.

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NSW Parliament - allegations of corrupt benefits and payments to a member of Parliament

The ICAC investigated allegations made by a convicted criminal that he had corruptly provided money and other benefits to a member of the NSW Parliament.

In its report in this investigation, made public in December 1998, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person.

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Department of Corrective Services - second report - inappropriate relationships with inmates

The ICAC conducted a major investigation into  the conduct of officers of the NSW Department of Corrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operation of that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with a separate aspect of this investigation were produced and made public between February 1998 and April 2000.

The second report on this investigation, made public in November 1998, dealt with the conduct of a former DCS employee and a nurse formerly employed by the Corrections Health Service (CHS) and their relationships with inmates. Findings of corrupt conduct were made against the former DCS employee, the former CHS employee and an inmate

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the former CHS employee for specified offences and to the taking of action against her for professional misconduct and/or unsatisfactory conduct pursuant to the provisions contained in Part 5 of the Nurses Act 1991.

The report identifies a number of relevant corruption prevention issues and notes actions taken by DCS and CHS to address these.

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Fairfield City Council - conduct of an Alderman in relation to development applications

The ICAC investigated the exercise by an Alderman of Fairfield City Council of his official duties in respect of two development applications considered by the Council.

In its report on this investigation, made public in November 1998, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the former Alderman and five other persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the former Alderman and four other persons for specified offences.

The ICAC's report also recommended that consideration be given to amending the definition of "agent" in section 249A of the Crimes Act 1900 so as to expressly include a local government councillor and proposed to refer matters relating to certain cash payments to the Australian Taxation Office.

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Department of Gaming and Racing - inspection and regulation of licensed premises

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a senior inspector with the Department of Gaming and Racing, specifically his dealings with the owner of a licensed hotel and his financial and business relationships with a number of other persons associated with other licensed premises.

In its report on this investigation, made public in September 1998, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct in respect of the former inspector and an associate. No recommendations in relation to prosecution or disciplinary action were made in the report. The report also identifies corruption risks associated with inspectorial and licensing functions and reports on action taken by the Department of Gaming and Racing to address these risks.

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State Rail Authority of NSW - four investigations into serious corruption

The ICAC investigated four separate occurrences of serious corruption in the former State Rail Authority (SRA). The first investigation concerned the theft and sale of SRA property, laundering of the proceeds and tendering processes. The second investigation concerned overtime abuse, bribery and favouritism in allocation of maintenance work. The third investigation concerned conflict of interest and dishonesty in allocation of carriage cleaning contracts and the fourth investigation concerned bribery in relation to certification of carriage cleaning work.

In its report on these investigations, made public in June 1998, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 16 persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 15 people for specified offences.

The report also details the corruption prevention strategies formulated by the rail organisations into which the former SRA was divided: FreightCorp, the Rail Access Corporation, the Railway Services Authority and the State Rail Authority.

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TransGrid, Pacific Power and Integral Energy - disposal of waste and surplus assets

The ICAC investigated the disposal of specific waste and surplus assets by TransGrid, the NSW public authority responsible for the high-voltage transmission system in NSW; Pacific Power, one of three State owned corporations responsible for electricity generation in NSW and Integral Energy, one of six State owned corporations responsible for the distribution of electricity in NSW.  

In its report on this investigation, made public in June 1998, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against seven persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of four of these persons for specified offences.

The report also analyses the corruption risks associated with the disposal of assets and details action taken by TransGrid, Pacific Power and Integral Energy to address these risks.

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Institute of Forensic Medicine - receipt of benefits from funeral directors and theft from bodies by staff at Glebe Morgue

The ICAC investigated the conduct of staff of the Glebe Morgue and their dealings with certain funeral directors. The investigation focused on benefits received by Morgue staff (Forensic Assistants) for the referral of funerals to funeral directors and the management of the personal effects of deceased persons.

In its report on this investigation, made public in March 1998, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 15 persons - 13 current or former Glebe Morgue staff and two directors of a private funeral director business - and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of eight of these persons for specified offences.

The report also identifies corruption issues relevant to this investigation and details fraud and corruption control actions taken by the authorities responsible for the Glebe Morgue: the Department of Health and the Central Sydney Area Health Service.

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Department of Corrective Services - first report - conduct of a prison officer and related matters

The ICAC conducted a major investigation into the conduct of officers of the NSW Department of Corrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operation of that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with a separate aspect of this investigation were produced and made public between February 1998 and April 2000.

The ICAC's first report on this investigation, made public in February 1998, dealt with allegations relating to the conduct of one Prison Officer. The ICAC's investigation established that the Prison Officer was responsible for instigating an assault by one or more prisoners on another prisoner. The investigation also disclosed improper associations by the Prison Officer with two persons, one of whom was a known drug trafficker and the other of whom was a well-known Sydney crime figure.

In this report the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the Prison Officer, the known drug trafficker and the crime figure. It was also recommended that consideration be given to the prosecution of the drug trafficker for offences under section 87 of the ICAC Act.

The report also detailed inadequacies in the then current DCS policy in relation to the entry to and exit from correctional centres by prison officers, and the searching of items carried by them into prisons. The ICAC recommended that the DCS develop a new policy to govern prison officers' entry into and exit from correctional officers and to search prison officers for contraband items they may be smuggling in for prisoners.

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1997

Lane Cove Council, Holroyd City Council and Fairfield City Council - conduct of council officers and others in relation to property developments

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a building inspector formerly employed by Lane Cove Council in relation to property developments; the conduct of one person, a local business owner, in relation to certain councillors of Holroyd City Council; and the conduct of two persons in their dealings with Fairfield City Council in relation to a property development.

In its report on this investigation, made public in November 1997, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against each of the above four persons and stated its opinion that consideration should be given by the Director of Public Prosecutions to the prosecution of the first two of these persons, also noting that the last-mentioned two persons had already been prosecuted in relation to the conduct investigated.

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Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions - circumstances surrounding the offering of no evidence by the NSW DPP on an all grounds appeal at Lismore District Court

The ICAC investigated the circumstances surrounding the offering of no evidence on an All Grounds Appeal at Lismore District Court on 25 May 1995 relating to a charge of goods in custody; and the relationship between certain officers of the Lismore Office of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and members of the New South Wales legal profession, and the effect of those relationships upon the administration of justice.

In its report on this investigation, made public in June 1997, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person. In its report the ICAC noted the absence or inadequacy of, and departures from, proper systems and procedures in the Lismore Office of the DPP and made recommendations to the DPP to address these deficiencies.  

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Byron Shire Council - circumstances surrounding the adoption of the 1993 Byron Residential Development Strategy and other matters

The ICAC investigated the circumstances surrounding the formulation and adoption of Byron Shire Council’s Residential Development Strategy and certain events arising within this context; and the Council's conduct in relation to land known locally as the Conference Centre site. 

The ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against a former employee of the Council and two other persons in relation to allegations made concerning the Council's conduct and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to their prosecution for specified offences, including the common law offence of conspiracy to commit a public mischief.

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1996

Public Employment Office - evaluation of the position of Director-General, Department of Community Services

The ICAC investigated the evaluation conducted by the Public Employment Office (PEO) of the position of Director-General, Department of Community Services. The ICAC also investigated the recommendation and decision relating to the removal and unattachment of the incumbent Director-General from that position and the subsequent decision to revoke his removal.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public in November 1996, made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person. Recommendations were made in the report that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against two PEO officers.

The ICAC’s investigation identified serious flaws in practices and procedures of the PEO in relation to the administration of the job evaluation process and made six corruption recommendations - four to the Premier's Department and two to all NSW public sector organisations. 

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NSW Police - charter of aircraft by the Police Air Wing

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a former Police Air Wing officer in relation to the allocation of all Police Air Wing charter work for fixed-wing aircraft to one private charter company.

In its report on this investigation, made public in October 1996, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the former Police Air Wing Officer and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to his prosecution for a specified offence and to the taking of disciplinary action against him.

The ICAC also made findings of corrupt conduct against the proprietor of the private charter company to which Police Air Wing charter work had been allocated, and stated that it proposed to refer the general issue of the proprietor's and his company's non-compliance with Commonwealth legislation dealing with aircraft safety and maintenance to the appropriate Commonwealth authority.

In its report, the ICAC identified issues related to secondary employment and procurement that allowed corruption to occur and continue, and resulted in one private company obtaining an effective monopoly over Polic Air Wing charter work, at considerable cost to taxpayers.  

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Harness Racing Authority of NSW - allegations against the Chairman of Stewards

The ICAC investigated allegations concerning the conduct of the Chairman of Stewards of the Harness Racing Authority of NSW.

In its report on this investigation, made public in August 1996, the ICAC stated that it had found no direct credible evidence to support the allegations made against the Chairman of Stewards, nor any other evidence from which the truth of the allegations could legitimately be inferred. No findings of corrupt conduct or recommendations with respect to the prosecution or taking of disciplinary action against any person were made in the report. The ICAC made a recommendation that the Code of Conduct with regard to harness racing stewards be revised to better regulate relationships between stewards and others involved in harness racing operations.

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Southern Mitchell Electricity - purported termination of employment of two senior officers

The ICAC investigated the purported termination of the employment agreements of the then two most senior officers of Southern Mitchell Electricity (SME), the General Manager and Assistant General Manager, and the decision of the SME Board to pay them a total amount of $1.4 million as a consequence of such termination.

In its report on this investigation, made public in January 1996, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the former General Manager and Assistant General Manager. No recommendations were made that consideration be given to the prosecution of any person for a criminal offence. A recommendation was made that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against a solicitor who had been engaged to provide legal advice regarding the General Manager and Assistant General Managers' contractual situation.  

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1995

NSW Parliament - payment of a parliamentary pension to a former MP convicted of criminal offences

The ICAC investigated the circumstances surrounding the payment of a parliamentary pension to a former member of the NSW Parliament who had been convicted of taxation offences. 

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation.

In its first report, made public in February 1995, the ICAC stated that it had found no evidence of corrupt conduct on the part of any public official or former public official, but had found that the law and practice concerning the effects of a conviction of a member of Parliament are unclear and in need of clarification.

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In its second report, made public in April 1996, the ICAC addressed matters including the criteria for vacating a seat in Parliament, the concept of "infamous crime" in the Constitution Act 1902, the process for calling a by-election in the event of the vacation of a seat and its relationship to the relevant legislation. The ICAC made five recommendations to address these issues, including that relevant sections of the NSW Constitution and Parliamentary Electorates and Election Act 1912 be amended.

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Randwick City Council - development control decisions and relationships between councillors, council officers and developers

The ICAC investigated the conduct of councillors and officers of Randwick City Council in the processing of development and building applications and the relationships between councillors, council officers and developers.

In its report on this investigation, made public in February 1995, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against six persons. The ICAC recommended that the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions consider the prosecution of four persons for specified offences, and that the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions consider the prosecution of one of these persons for taxation offences.

In the course of this investigation the ICAC released an issues paper dealing with discretion in development control processes and took submissions received into account in preparing its report. The ICAC made nine corruption prevention recommendations to address the issues identified, including for changes to council staff employment contracts and conditions and changes to development control legislation and processes.

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Roads and Traffic Authority - an RTA officer's dealings with real estate agents and others regarding the sale of RTA property

The ICAC investigated dealings between a sales administrator employed by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), and a number of real estate agents retained by the RTA to sell land.

In its report on this investigation, made public in February 1995, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the sales administrator and four real estate agents, and recommended that consideration should be given to the prosecution of the sales administrator for specified offences and to the taking of disciplinary action against him with a view to dismissing him from the RTA, dispensing with or otherwise terminating his services.

In its report the ICAC also analysed the findings of an RTA review of property disposal policies and procedures, summarised remedial action proposed by the RTA, and made six corruption prevention recommendations to the RTA.

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1994

NSW Police Service and other agencies - alleged police protection of paedophiles

The ICAC investigated allegations that members of the NSW Police Service protected paedophiles from criminal investigation or prosecution. The ICAC also investigated whether the procedures of or relationships between the NSW Police Service and other public authorities adversely affected police investigations and the prosecution of paedophiles and the conduct of public officials related to these matters.

The investigation arose from a referral from both Houses of the NSW Parliament. In its report on this investigation, which was made public as an interim report in September 1994, the ICAC outlined the findings from its review of the structures, functions, policies, procedures and practices on NSW government agencies with a role in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and made suggestions for improving the system for reporting and investigating child sexual abuse.

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NSW Police Service - matters relating to police and confidential information

This investigation concerned the discovery of confidential NSW Police Service documents, a police badge and other items in the possession of criminals. The ICAC's investigation focused mainly on the discovery that several criminals possessed copies of the SIG's Major Active Criminals (MAC) List, which included details of known criminals, their associates, types of activity for which the person was known or suspected, and the identity of police interested in the individual.

In its report on this investigation, made public in June 1994, the ICAC stated it would refer information that suggested that a serving member of the NSW Police Service may have accepted a bribe from a known criminal in exchange for the "fixing" of a prosecution to the Director of Public Prosecutions for his consideration of charges of bribery. The report also analysed relevant policies and procedures relating to the protection of confidential information and made seven corruption prevention recommendations to the NSW Police Service.

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NSW Police Service - first and second reports - relationship between police and criminals

The ICAC investigated the relationship between police (especially detectives) and criminals after January 1975, with particular reference to defined areas of criminality, including armed robberies and illegal gambling. The ICAC also examined the practices and procedures of the NSW Police Service in handling complaints made by police officers against police officers.

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation.

In its first report, made public in February 1994, the ICAC examined the dealings between police and criminals in several sets of circumstances, including criminals paying money to police to avoid prosecution or conviction. Findings of corrupt conduct were made against 11 persons and recommendations were made that consideration be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, 13 persons.

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The ICAC's second report, made public in April 1994, focused on the administrative systems and management issues identified in the course of the investigation: management of informers; conduct of criminal investigations; record-keeping; police and prosecutions; and misconduct and complaints. Sixteen corruption prevention recommendations were made in this report.  

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Department of Health - procedures relating to a defamation case and its settlement

The ICAC was requested by resolution of both Houses of the NSW Parliament to investigate whether procedures relating to a defamation case brought by a member of the NSW Parliament and its settlement were acceptable having regard, amongst other things, to practices and procedures in the public sector and whether any improper influence was exercised by any person or persons in this process.

In 1988 the then Deputy Leader of the Opposition sued an individual and two newspaper companies for defamation. The plaintiff lost the case and was ordered to pay costs. The Department of Health paid the defendant's costs.

The plaintiff appealed and the appeal was settled on terms that abandoned the order for costs. The Department of Health approved the settlement. The investigation by the ICAC sought to identify reasons, opportunities, ways or means whereby pressure or influence might have been brought to bear and, if so, by whom.

In its report on this investigation, made public in January 1994, the ICAC made findings that  that there had been no improper influence exercised by any person, and that the correct procedures had been followed by the Department of Health.

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1993

Coffs Harbour City Council - dealings of an Alderman with developers

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a former Alderman of Coffs Harbour City Council, in relation to his dealings with developers in the Coffs Harbour district between September 1987 and September 1991.

In its report on this investigation, made public in November 1993, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct  against the former Alderman and against a local property developer.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the former Alderman for bribery and the prosecution of the property developer for bribery and secret commission offences.

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Office of the NSW Ombudsman - handling of complaints by a private individual

The ICAC investigated the professional relationship between the NSW Ombudsman and a private individual, who owned companies manufacturing gaming machines ("the company owner") and for whom the Ombudsman had acted as a solicitor prior to his appointment as NSW Ombudsman in February 1988.

The company owner had made complaints prior to that date to the Office of the NSW Ombudsman against certain police officers, which were still under consideration at the time of the Ombudsman's appointment in February 1988.

The ICAC's investigation sought to establish whether the NSW Ombudsman had affected, or attempted to affect, the honest and impartial performance of the functions of the Deputy Ombudsman or any other officer of the Ombudsman in relation to their investigation or inquiry into, or reporting on, the complaints made by the company owner.

In its report on this investigation, made public in June 1999, the ICAC found no evidence of impropriety of any sort and made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person.

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State Rail Authority, Northern Region – dealings with earthmoving and plant hire contractors

The ICAC conducted an investigation into (1) the operation and management of Trackfast between April 1989 and December 1991 and (2) the methods of allocating work to and making payments to contractors in the Northern Region of the State Rail Authority (SRA) between June 1989 and December 1991 and produced two reports, each dealing with one segment of the investigation.

The ICAC's second report, made public in March 1993, was principally concerned with dealings between the SRA and certain contractors, relating to the hire of plant and equipment for use on geotechnical sites in the Northern Region of NSW. The ICAC's investigation established that certain contractors and SRA officers had colluded in the presentation of invoices to the SRA supported by dockets falsely recording the equipment hired or the work carried out on site. 

In this report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 10 persons, three of whom were or had been SRA employees, and two private companies, and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to the prosecution of 10 persons for specified offences and the taking of disciplinary action against one person. The report also details action taken by the SRA to remedy the deficiencies revealed in the course of the ICAC's investigation.

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Department of Corrective Services and NSW Police Service - the use of informers

The ICAC investigated the conduct of public officials, including prison officers and police, in relation to the use of informers, prisoners and indemnified persons to assist in the investigation and prosecution process; whether any such persons had been encouraged or discouraged to act in a particular way by any public official; and the operations of the Internal Investigation Unit and the Special Operations Division of the Department of Corrective Services in relation to these matters.

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation, both of which were made public in January 1993.

The ICAC's first report dealt with the issues rather than individuals and contained recommendations for change to systems.

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The second report dealt with eight of the nine prosecutions investigated in the course of this investigation. In this report the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against a senior DCS officer and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against him. The officer sought review by the Supreme Court of the ICAC's findings. The Supreme Court made declaration that the ICAC's finding that the officer had engaged in corrupt conduct was made without or in excess of jurisdiction and was a nullity. In its report the ICAC also stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of another DCS officer for specified offences. 

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1992

State Rail Authority - operation and management of the Trackfast Division

The ICAC conducted an investigation into (1) the operation and management of Trackfast between April 1989 and December 1991 and (2) the methods of allocating work to and making payments to contractors in the Northern Region of the State Rail Authority (SRA) between June 1989 and December 1991. The ICAC produced two reports, each dealing with one segment of the investigation.

The ICAC's first report, made public in September 1992, was concerned with the awarding and renegotiation of an interim contract for door-to-door delivery within the Sydney Metropolitan area, the awarding of a contract for small freight delivery and payments under that contract.

In its report the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against the then Fleet Resources Manager of Trackfast and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to the taking of disciplinary action against him.

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Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW Police Service and other NSW public sector agencies - unauthorised release of Government information

The ICAC investigated the unauthorised release of Government information and the trade of such information. The investigation disclosed a massive illicit trade in government information and identified more than 250 people who had participated over many years in the widespread improper sale and exchange of information from a variety of State and Commonwealth government sources and the private sector.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, in three volumes, was made public in August 1992. In its report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 155 persons and findings of conduct liable to allow, encourage or cause the occurrence of corrupt conduct against 101 persons. Thirty-seven of those found to have engaged in corrupt conduct in connection with the trade in confidential government information were police officers at the time. Another 18 found to have engaged in corrupt conduct in connection with that trade, were Department of Main Roads or Roads and Traffic Authority officials at the time.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of 106 persons, and that consideration be given to the taking of discipinary action against or dismissal of 30 persons.

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Maitland City Council - former Council member's dealings with a property developer

The ICAC investigated the conduct of a former member of Maitland City Council in relation to his alleged association and dealings with a property developer and associated companies or businesses.  

In its report on this investigation, made public in July 1992, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person.

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NSW Parliament - resignation of a member of Parliament and his appointment to a public sector position

The ICAC investigated matters in relation to the resignation of a member of the NSW Parliament, and his subsequent appointment to a position in the NSW Senior Executive Service.

In its first report on this investigation, made public in June 1992, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct in relation to the then Premier of NSW and the then Minister for the Environment, and stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of or the taking of disciplinary action against any person, nor to the dismissal of any public official.

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The ICAC's findings that the then Premier of NSW and the then Minister for the Environment, had engaged in corrupt conduct within the meaning of the ICAC Act, were the subject of litigation in the NSW Court of Appeal. The Court declared that the findings were a nullity. Accordingly, the ICAC produced a second report, made public in September 1992, to correct the record, state the effect of the Court of Appeal decision and to raise issues concerning the ICAC Act and desirable changes to it.

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The ICAC's third report on this investigation, made public in March 1993, made 12 recommendations with respect to integrity in public sector recruitment.

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Sydney Water Board - sludge disposal tender management

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officers of the Sydney Water Board and others in relation to the Water Board's management of sludge disposal, and the Water Board's sludge management tender processes between 1 January 1988 and 30 June 1991.

In its report on this investigation, made public in May 1992, the ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to taking disciplinary action against the then Chief Economist with the Board, for misconduct, and to taking action against him with a view to terminating his services, for his failure to perform his duties impartially.

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NSW Film Corporation - dealings with Pepper Distribution Inc

The ICAC investigated the terms and conditions of marketing agreements entered into between the New South Wales Film Corporation and an American distribution company, Pepper Distribution Inc.

Issues canvassed in the investigation included the Corporation's failure to consult those who made the films about the terms on which they were licensed to Pepper and the employment of a former public official with a company with which that person had considerable dealings in his former role.

In its report on this investigation, made public in March 1992, the ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person, nor to the dismissal of any public official.

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NSW local and state government - conflicts between public duty and private interest

The ICAC investigated the nature of conflicts between public duty and private interest which arose in the period 1 January 1985 and 30 March 1991, and the manner in which they were dealt with, within local government, involving both state and local government and involving both local government and the private sector.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public in March 1992, made recommendations for change, particularly the establishing of a Local Government Tribunal empowered to inquire into allegations of, or circumstances suggesting any such breach, with power to disqualify, suspend, reprimand, or counsel the individual concerned, or dismiss the allegation. The report also made recommendations, particularly to changes in laws, practices and procedures, in local government.

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Report on investigation into road works in the Shire of Kyogle

This report concerned an investigation into the conduct of persons involved in or connected with the awarding and performance of contracts for the haulage of gravel and sandstone, the hire of road plant and equipment (particularly in relation to the Wiangaree Deviation), road works generally, and in particular practices followed in charging the Roads and Traffic Authority in relation to works in the Shire of Kyogle since December 1987.

A range of recommendations on the consideration of the dismissal and prosecution of persons were made in the report, made public on 1 January 1992.

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1991

South Sydney Council - development and building applications, referrals and work for private clients

The ICAC investigated the conduct of officers of South Sydney Council, in particular those in its Planning and Building Department, in relation to the preparation and processing of development and building applications, the performance of work for private clients, and referrals to architects and others from 1 January 1989 to 1991.

The investigation concentrated firstly on the relationship between the Council's Deputy Manager - Strategic and his brother's architectural firm, and the way in which development and building applications prepared by the firm were dealt with by Council officers and, secondly, on private work performed by Council employees.

The Council's Deputy Manager - Strategic was found to have engaged in corrupt conduct. The report, made public in December 1991, stated the opinion that the Council should give consideration to his dismissal from the Council. No findings of corrupt conduct were made against any other individual.

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Department of Administrative Services - tendering for vinyl floor products

The ICAC investigated the conduct of persons connected with or involved in the tendering for, or letting of Department of Administrative Services performance contract for, the supply and laying of vinyl floor coverings from August 1987 to 1991. The vinyl products component of the contract was worth about $750,000 each year. 

The tender process was controlled by an Administrative Services officer and during his tenure in that position a floor covering supply company had benefitted from the award of work. It was revealed that the Administration Services Officer and the managing director of the company were close friends.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public in July 1991, found that the conduct of the former Administrative Services Officer was corrupt in nature, but stated the opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecution of any person in relation to this investigation. The report also commented on deficiencies in the Department's procurement processes and issues relating to post-separation employment and stated that it would undertake corruption prevention work on procurement processes.

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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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NSW Police - allegations of corrupt conduct by NSW Police officers in relation to truck repairs

The ICAC investigated allegations of corrupt practices on the part of certain NSW Police officers in relation to the heavy vehicle repair industry in and around Wagga Wagga.

The most important allegation investigated was that payments were made to police officers for confidential information, or in the vernacular, that police were acting as spotters for the truck repair companies.

As a result of work done in late 1990 and early 1991 by a joint police-ICAC team, three police officers were charged with serious offences.

The ICAC's report on its subsequent investigation, made public in May 1991, stated the opinion that consideration be given to criminal or disciplinary proceedings against a further two police officers.

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NSW Legislative Assembly - allegations of conspiracy involving Members of Parliament

This report concerned an investigation into the conduct of the former Member for Bankstown in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in relation to his dealings with a named person between January 1985 and July 1986.

The named person, who was seeking to subdivide a property at Wallacia, west of Sydney, alleged that there was a conspiracy to delay the water being put on by the then Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board, that a Member of Parliament whose help he solicited was a party to that conspiracy, and that the Member of Parliament tried to solicit $250,000 from him for the purpose of bribery.

In its report on this investigation, made public in April 1991, the ICAC made no recommendations that consideration be given to the prosecution of or taking of disciplinary action against any person. The report suggested that the NSW Parliament could do more by way of inducting members, by providing them with guidance, and perhaps developing a code of conduct.

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NSW Police - conduct of Sutherland Licensing Police

The ICAC investigated the conduct of NSW Police in the Sutherland district, in particular officers responsible for licensed premises, and the handling of complaints against police in that district, in particular complaints in connection with licensed premises. The investigation focused on allegations that for an 18-month period from 1984, weekly payments had been made by the Caringbah Inn Hotel’s licensee to a licensing police officer.

In its report on the investigation, made public in February 1991, the ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to the prosecution of one person, a former NSW Police officer, for common law bribery.

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Waverley Council - employee's relationship with Dainford Ltd and associated companies

The ICAC investigated the conduct of persons involved in the making, processing and determination of development applications within the Municipality of Waverley between July 1982 and 1990 and the conduct of a former Engineer/Planner of Waverley Municipal Council in that role between July 1982 and July 1988, in particular his relationship with Dainford Ltd and associated companies. 

In its report on this investigation, made public in January 1991, the ICAC states its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of  the Managing Director of Dainford and the former Engineer/Planner for offences against section 249B of the Crimes Act 1900.

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1990

Department of Motor Transport and Roads and Traffic Authority - driver licensing

The ICAC investigated the payment of sums of money by driving instructors, with or without the knowledge of their pupils, to driver examiners.  The period under investigation was the 1980s, when licences were issued by the Department of Motor Transport and, from January 1989, the Roads and Traffic Authority.

In its two-volume investigation report, made public in December 1990, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against 61 individuals. The ICAC recommended to the Chief Executive of the Roads and Traffic Authority that consideration be given to terminating the services of 14 driver examiners, and the driving instructor's licenses of 23 individuals. The report also states the opinion that the Department of Public Prosecutions consider the prosecution of 13 individuals for specified criminal charges, including giving false evidence pursuant to section 87 of the ICAC Act.

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NSW Police - harassing telephone calls

The ICAC investigated allegations, reported to the ICAC by the NSW Commissioner of Police, that harassing telephone calls made to an individual's residence in and after March 1990 had been traced to Mt Druitt Police Station.

In its report on this investigation, made public in December 1990, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against five persons, including four NSW Police officers, and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of three of these persons for specified criminal offences and the taking of disciplinary action against four of these persons.

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Maritime Services Board and Department of State Development - Walsh Bay redevelopment project

The ICAC investigated allegations concerning the conduct of persons involved in the calling and processing of tenders in relation to the Walsh Bay redevelopment project during the late 1980s, and the possible leaking of confidential information in relation to the tender process.

In its report on this investigation, made public in October 1990, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct and stated the opinion that there was insufficient evidence to warrant consideration of prosecution or the taking of disciplinary action against any person or the dismissal of any public official.

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Department of Housing - dealings with Homfray Carpets Australia Pty Ltd

The ICAC investigated the conduct of persons connected with or involved in the tendering for, or letting or performance of contracts or, the supply and laying of carpets in premises occupied or used by NSW public authorities, including the New South Wales Departments of Health, Housing, Technical and Further Education, and Public Works, from January 1985 to 1990.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public in September 1990, recommended that consideration be given to the prosecution of six persons for offences under section 249B of the Crimes Act 1900 and the taking of disciplinary action under section 66 of the Public Sector Management Act 1988 against one person.

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TAFE - alleged bribery of teacher at Randwick College of TAFE

The ICAC investigated an allegation that, during late 1989, there had been an offer to pay money to a teacher at the Randwick TAFE College as an inducement or reward to pass some sprinkler fitter apprentices who were expected otherwise to fail.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public in August 1990, made findings that there was no evidence warranting consideration of prosecution of any person for any criminal offence, and that questions of disciplinary action or the removal of any public official from office did not arise.

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Land Titles Office - processing and registration of documentation

The ICAC investigated the processing and registration of deposited plan DP 787368 at the Land Titles Office, in particular the conduct of a former LTO employee who was engaged as a consultant and paid a fee to facilitate registration of DP 787368.

In its investigation report, made public in July 1990, the ICAC made findings that there was no sufficient evidence warranting consideration of the prosecution of two named individuals for any offence, and no grounds for disciplinary action against or dismissal of any public official.

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Tweed Shire Council - North Coast land development

The ICAC investigated several land rezoning and development applications and related transactions on the NSW north coast which involved members of Tweed Shire Council, including the then Tweed Shire Council Deputy President, the then Chairman of the North Coast Industry Development Board and a land development consultant. 

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public in July 1990, stated the opinion that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against two persons and the prosecution of 18 persons for specified criminal offences including common law bribery, conspiracy to bribe and giving false evidence.

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Corrective Services Commission - licensing of filling operations, Silverwater Prison Complex

The ICAC investigated the circumstances surrounding the granting and enforcement of a licence to excavate, fill and otherwise operate on land at or near the Silverwater Prison Complex to Bradshaw Waste Industries Pty Ltd by the Corrective Services Commission or the Department of Corrective Services, after January 1982, and the conduct of persons, including present and former public officials.

In its investigation report, made public in February 1990, the ICAC stated that there was insufficient evidence to warrant consideration of the prosecution of any person for any offence, or the taking of disciplinary action against any person, or the taking of action against any public official with a view to dismissal.

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1989

NSW Police - alleged fabrication of evidence

The ICAC investigated allegations arising out of a raid by NSW Police officers on premises in Redfern. It was alleged then and later that evidence was fabricated to the detriment of the then occupant of the premises. Those said to be involved were senior police officers.

During the exercise of the search warrant a small quantity of heroin was found but the occupant of the premises complained on the day that the heroin had been 'planted' in a pocket of his suit coat.  

In its investigation report, made public in December 1989, the ICAC stated that there was insufficient evidence to justify prosecution of any of the five Police officers subject of the investigation in relation to the alleged fabrication of evidence. The report also recommended that "close consideration be given to amending the ICAC Act, and in particular s.74(5), so as to render it sensible and comprehensible".

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Sydney City Council - alleged bribery to facilitate development approval for Park Plaza site

The ICAC investigated an alleged attempt to solicit a large bribe in order to facilitate approval from Sydney City Council for the development of a property, in the central business district of Sydney then known as the Park Plaza site, owned by Japanese construction company Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd.

In its investigation report, made public in October 1989, the ICAC stated that there was sufficient evidence to warrant consideration of prosecution of one individual, engaged by Kumagai Gumi as a consultant, for specified criminal offences.

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