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For all ICAC investigations publicly reported more than 10 years ago, only a summary of the investigation is available online. To obtain the ICAC’s report or reports on these investigations, go to the relevant investigation summary below and click on the "Request the report" link.

2011

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) – alleged corrupt conduct concerning property leases and improper influence of SHFA officer (Operation Vesta)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that a Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) officer acted in conflict with his official duties when dealing with a a businessman, and members of his family, in relation to properties which were owned by the SHFA at 91, 99, 100 and 135 George Street, The Rocks, and leased by the family’s businesses at a time when the officer was, or anticipated being, involved with the businessman and members of the family in private business.

The Commission also investigated an allegation that the businessman sought to improperly influence the exercise of the officer’s official functions by holding out the prospect of the officer being involved with him and members of the family in private business.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 16 December 2011, the Commission made corrupt conduct findings against the officer and the businessman. The Commission stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of each of the two individuals for specified offences. The ICAC made four corruption prevention recommendations to help the SHFA improve the robustness of its decision-making process to make it difficult to inappropriately influence the process.

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Land and Property Management Authority – alleged corrupt conduct concerning matters arising from Currawong property purchase (Operation Napier)

The ICAC investigated allegations that the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA) committed the NSW Government to the purchase of property at Currawong, Pittwater, knowing that he did not have the requisite authority to do so, and that the then minister for lands sought to authorise the purchase although he knew he was not authorised to do so.

The Commission also examined an allegation that the minister backdated to 28 February 2011 a letter to the CEO, knowing that it would be used by the CEO to falsely represent that he had written authority of the minister as of that date to purchase the Currawong property. It is also alleged that the CEO and the LPMA chief financial officer , knowing that the letter dated 28 February 2011 was backdated, used the letter to represent falsely that the CEO had the written authority of the minister as of that date to purchase the property.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 12 December 2011, the Commission made corrupt conduct findings against all three individuals, and stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of them for various criminal offences.

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Land and Property Management Authority – alleged corrupt conduct concerning use of computer database (Operation Carina)

The ICAC investigated allegations that an employee of a company, which was providing valuation services to the Valuer General of the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA), engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to alleged misuse of the authority’s Spatial Information Exchange computer database.

In its report on the investigation, made public on 3 November 2011, the Commission made corrupt conduct findings against the employee and three others. The Commission was not of the opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of any individuals in relation to this matter, but made 11 corruption prevention recommendations to Land and Property Information (formerly part of the LPMA) to help prevent such conduct from recurring in the future.

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Department of Health - allegations of money fraudulently obtained from the Royal Hospital for Women and Royal North Shore Hospital (Operation Charity)

The ICAC investigated allegations that an individual and others fraudulently obtained money from the funds of the Royal Hospital for Women and Royal North Shore Hospital by submitting false requisitions and invoices from companies in which she or her sister was a shareholder when no services were provided.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 31 August 2011, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against each of the women. The ICAC also stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of them for various offences. The Commission made seven corruption prevention recommendations to the NSW Department of Health to help minimise or prevent such conduct from recurring.

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Willoughby City Council – alleged corrupt conduct of Council employee (Operation Churchill)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a Willoughby City Council employee corruptly exercised his official functions in favour of various business owners within the council area in return for financial and other benefits.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 22 June 2011, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the employee and stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to prosecuting him for various offences. The Commission also made seven corruption prevention recommendations. Six of the recommendations were made to Willoughby City Council, and one recommendation was made to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

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Strathfield Council - allegation of corrupt conduct involving Community Services Manager (Operation Danby)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that Strathfield Council’s community services manager solicited a payment of $10,000 from the business development manager of Tenix Solutions for his own benefit.

In its report on the investigation, which was made public on 12 May 2011, the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against the council manager, and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to prosecuting him for an offence of soliciting a corrupt payment under section 249B(1) of the Crimes Act 1900.

The Commission also stated its opinion that consideration should be given to the taking of action against the council manager with a view to dismissing, dispensing with the services of or otherwise terminating his services on the grounds that he engaged in described misconduct.

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Burwood Council – allegations of corrupt conduct involving the general manager and other staff (Operation Magnus)

The ICAC investigated whether the former general manager of Burwood Council, and other council officers, engaged in corrupt conduct in the course of their administration of staff and use of resources at the council.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 20 April 2011, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the former general manager and stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to prosecuting him for various offences.

The Commission also made 31 corruption prevention recommendations. Some of the recommendations are made to Burwood Council, while others are made to the NSW Government to help improve systems in local government across the state.

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Sydney Water Corporation - allegations of corrupt conduct concerning inspectors and property asset manager (Operation Siren)

The ICAC investigated whether various Sydney Water Corporation (SWC) inspectors sought corrupt payments or rewards from contractors in relation to the performance of their SWC duties. The Commission also investigated an allegation that the then SWC Property Asset Manager engaged in corrupt conduct in dealings with an individual and associated companies.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 22 March 2011, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against nine individuals including the two mentioned above.
The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of the two individuals and three others for various offences. The Commission made 18 corruption prevention recommendations to assist Sydney Water to prevent similar conduct from occurring in the future.

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2010

Canada Bay City Council - allegations of corrupt conduct concerning City Services Manager (Operation Challenger)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that the manager of city services at Canada Bay City Council accepted payments from contractors engaged to conduct work for the Council, in return for showing favour to those contractors in the course of his work with Council.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 15 December 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the manager and a contractor.

The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of both individuals for various offences. The Commission also made five corruption prevention recommendations to assist the Council to prevent similar conduct from occurring in the future.

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NSW Parliament – allegations of corrupt conduct concerning the Sitting Day Relief entitlement (Operation Syracuse)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into whether a NSW Member of Parliament (MP), and members of her electorate office staff, falsely claimed payments from the NSW Parliament with respect to the Sitting Day Relief entitlement in the period 29 August 2006 to 29 June 2007.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 7 December 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against and the MP and an electorate staff member. The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to the prosecution of the MP for two common law offences of misconduct in public office.

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NSW public sector - lobbying of public officials and public authorities (Operation Halifax)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into the lobbying of public officials and public authorities in NSW and the related procedures and regulatory system.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 10 November 2010, the ICAC made 17 recommendations to improve the regulation of lobbying in NSW.

This investigation differed from those usually conducted by the Commission in that it was not concerned with whether any particular individual had engaged in corrupt conduct. Rather, it examined the corruption risks involved in the lobbying of public authorities and officials.

As part of the investigation, the Commission released a discussion paper in May 2010, and held a public inquiry during August this year at which 48 witnesses from various sectors voluntarily gave evidence.

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University of Sydney - allegations of corrupt conduct involving University Sydney employee (Operation Kanda)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into the conduct of the site manager, Campus Infrastructure Services at the University of Sydney, concerning the alleged failure to disclose conflicts of interest arising out of the allocation of cleaning contracts to a company jointly owned by the manager and her husband,.

In its report on the investigation, which was made public on 8 September 2010, the ICAC made findings against the manager. 

The ICAC was not of the opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions should be sought with respect to prosecuting any individual for any criminal offences. 

The Commission made five corruption prevention recommendations to the University of Sydney to help minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future.

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NSW Maritime - allegations of corrupt conduct involving NSW Maritime officers (Operation Vargas)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into the conduct of the manager Legal Branch/Acting General Counsel, and other officers of the Maritime Authority of NSW (NSW Maritime), including the alleged misuse of the resources of NSW Maritime for the benefit of  the manager.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 1 September 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the manager and two other individuals.

The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of the manager for various offences and one of the other individuals for giving false evidence to the Commission. The Commission also made seven corruption prevention recommendations to NSW Maritime to help minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future.

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Woollahra Municipal Council – allegations of corrupt conduct involving offer of payment to the Council (Operation Avoca)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into whether Sisira Kumara Kumaragamage Don (also known as Don Gamage), engaged in corrupt conduct by offering a payment to secure employment at Woollahra Municipal Council.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 12 August 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against Mr Gamage.

The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of Mr Gamage for various offences. The Commission also made four corruption prevention recommendations to Coonamble Shire Council and Cobar Shire Council, most of which are relevant to all NSW public authorities, to minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future.

As prosecution action is currently underway in relation to this matter, details of its status are included at the link below.

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Department of Corrective Services – investigation into whether a DCS correctional officer and others supplied contraband to inmates (Operation Cicero)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into whether a senior corrective services officer with the Department of Corrective Services (Corrective Services NSW), and others, supplied contraband including drugs and mobile telephones to inmates of the John Morony Correctional Centre in return for payment.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 27 July 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the officer. The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of the officer for various offences and made 14 corruption prevention recommendations to minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future.

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NSW Parliament - allegations of corrupt conduct involving a Member of Parliament and members of her electorate staff (Operation Corinth)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into the conduct of a former Member of Parliament (MP) a, including allegations that she and other members of her electorate office staff falsely claimed payments from the NSW Parliament with respect to the Sitting Day Relief entitlement and the Electorate Mailout Account.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 13 July 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the MP and three of her former electorate office staff. The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of the former MP for specified offences and made two corruption prevention recommendations to minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future.

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Department of Education and Training – use of TAFE funds to pay for work on a dog kennel complex (Operation Corsair)

The ICAC investigated whether a head carpentry teacher employed by the NSW Department of Education and Training at the Miller College of TAFE, and others, engaged in corrupt conduct by misusing TAFE resources for their personal gain.

In its report on this investigation, which was made public on 10 June 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the teacher and three self-employed tradesmen. The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of the teacher for specified offences and made a total of eight corruption prevention recommendations to minimise or prevent similar conduct occurring in the future.

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Housing NSW – failure to declare conflicts of interest and secondary employment (Operation Coral)

The ICAC investigated allegations of corruption involving a former Housing NSW officer and his associate. The allegations included that between 2001 and 2008, the officer failed to disclose an interest in Department of Housing contracts that were awarded to, or related to work that was carried out by, companies he and his associate had interests in, which enabled himself and the associate to benefit financially.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 2 June 2010, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the officer and stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to his prosecution for the common law offence of misconduct in public office.

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Strathfield Municipal Council - offer of a corrupt payment to a Council officer (Operation Centurion)

The ICAC conducted an investigation into whether an individual engaged in corrupt conduct by giving a benefit to a Strathfield Council employee as an inducement for facilitating negotiations for a licence agreement for a Council property.

In its investigation report, made public on 13 May 2010, the Commission found that the individual had engaged in corrupt conduct and stated its opinion that the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions be sought with respect to the prosecution of the individual for an offence of offering a corrupt benefit. The Commission also made six corruption prevention recommendations.

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Michael McGurk and others – allegations of corrupt conduct (Operation Calpurnia)

The ICAC investigated allegations of corrupt conduct principally arising from:

  • an audio recording made by Mr Michael McGurk of a conversation in which a representation was made that a corrupt payment could be made to a senior public official with respect to a proposed development; and

  • various statements alleged to have been made by Mr Michael McGurk to various people relating to corrupt conduct by NSW public officials and others, including but not limited to, conduct in relation to the possible re-zoning of property at Badgerys Creek.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 25 March 2010, the ICAC stated that it found that the allegations investigated were without substance. No findings of corrupt conduct were made.

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Attorney General's Department - conduct affecting the administration of justice in the Wagga Wagga and other local court areas (Operation Segomo)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a barrister, together with a number of other persons, engaged in corrupt conduct by providing false information to judicial officers, conspiring to deliberately inflate legal costs in a costs claim lodged with the Attorney-General’s Department and representing to his clients and others that in return for payment being made to public officials in the justice system, those public officials would act favourably in their interests.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 15 March 2010, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the barrister, a solicitor and three other persons. Recommendations were made that consideration be given to the prosecution of the five individuals and to the taking of disciplinary action under the Legal Profession Act 2004 against the barrister and the solicitor. No corruption prevention recommendations were made in this report.

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2009

Registered training organisations - corruption in the provision and certification of security industry training (Operation Columba)

The ICAC investigated allegations that persons from various registered training organisations, and others, may have engaged in corrupt conduct, and/or conduct liable to allow, encourage or cause the occurrence of corrupt conduct, in relation to the delivery of training, the conduct of assessments and the issue of certificates connected with approved security industry training courses.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 9 December 2009, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against 10 persons and recommended that consideration be given to the prosecution of eight persons for specified criminal offences and to the revocation of security licences held by two persons. A total of 16 corruption prevention recommendations were made to address fundamental regulatory problems in the security industry.

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Sydney Ferries - misuse of corporate credit cards (Operation Argyle)

The ICAC investigated allegations that the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sydney Ferries Corporation engaged in corrupt conduct by misusing the Corporation’s financial resources.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 4 November 2009, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the former CEO. 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 CEO, and of a former Sydney Ferries Chief Financial Officer, for specified offences. Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to Sydney Ferries.

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RailCorp – investigation into the solicitation and receipt of corrupt payments from a RailCorp contractor (Operation Chaucer)

The ICAC investigated allegations that a former RailCorp employee and two associates engaged in corrupt conduct by attempting to solicit $200,000 over four years in return for awarding a RailCorp security guard auditing services contract.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 24 September 2009, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the three individuals and recommended that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for specified offences.

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TransGrid - corrupt conduct associated with tendering (Operation Tambo)

The ICAC investigated whether an officer of the state-owned corporation, TransGrid, showed corrupt favour to the proprietor of a civil engineering company, or the company itself, in return for the provision of benefits. The ICAC also investigated whether the proprietor, and others working for the company, defrauded TransGrid in the process of tendering for and performing contractual work with TransGrid.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 9 September 2009, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the TransGrid officer and the company proprietor, and stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of both individuals and a third person for specified offences. Six corruption prevention recommendations were made to TransGrid. 

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Warringah Council - attempts to improperly influence building inspection approval (Operation Bauer)

The ICAC investigated allegations that two business owners had engaged in corrupt conduct by offering cash payments to two Warringah Council employees in order to facilitate council building inspection approval of their business premises.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 30 June 2009, made corrupt conduct findings against the two business owners.

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 offences of corruptly offering an inducement contrary to section 249B(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

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Ku-ring-gai Council - attempts to improperly influence a council officer (Operation Capella)

The ICAC investigated whether two individuals engaged in corrupt conduct by giving corrupt benefits to a Ku-ring-gai Council officer.

The officer was involved with assessing planning applications concerned with a subdivision and development of a property that was owned by a company of which one of the individuals was a director and shareholder. The other worked for the former.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 26 February 2009, the ICAC found that the individual who worked for the company director and shareholder 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 her prosecution for offences of corruptly offering an inducement contrary to section 249B(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

The ICAC made three corruption prevention recommendations - one to the Department of Local Government and two to Ku-ring-gai Council.  

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Department of Education and Training - attempt to obtain entry to a selective public high school through payment of money (Operation Bellin)

The ICAC investigated allegations that two people paid money to a public school teacher to help ensure entry into a selective public high school for their son.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 12 February 2009, made corrupt conduct findings against both parents. The ICAC found that in making the payments, they were improperly seeking to directly influence the school’s internal assessment marks to be awarded to their son to improve his prospects of admission to a selective high school.

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 parents for offences of offering a corrupt benefit contrary to section 249B(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

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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 bribeWollongong City Council’s manager commercial projects and property byoffering the manager $30,000 to favourably treat the developer’sproposal to purchase and develop a Council property known as the ThomasStreet car park.

The Commission also examined a counter-allegation by the developer thatthe manager had attempted to solicit a bribe, and the reasons for thedelay by the Council’s former general manager in reporting the allegedbribe to the ICAC in accordance with their obligation under section 11of 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 andstated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining theadvice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to theirprosecution 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 officerfavoured a contractor by forging quotes and arranging for the contractorto submit dummy quotes to falsely demonstrate that they had followedcouncil procurement procedures.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 15 November 2007,the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against both individuals. Dueto the lack of available admissible evidence, the Commission was not ofthe opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the adviceof the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to their prosecutionfor any criminal offence. Four corruption prevention recommendationswere 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 theissuing of driver licences.

In its investigation report, made public on 20 September 2007, the ICACmade corrupt conduct findings against the officer, two others whofacilitated the scheme and 22 other persons. The ICAC was of the opinionthat consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of theDirector of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of theofficer, and the two individuals who facilitated the scheme, forspecified criminal offences. The Commission also recommended that theRTA consider disciplinary action against the officer. A total of 22corruption 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 atParramatta City Council solicited and received corrupt rewards inconnection with the exercise of their official functions.

In its investigation report, made public on 22 August 2007, the ICACfound that that the officer and 10 brothel operators and prostitutesengaged in corrupt conduct. The ICAC stated its opinion thatconsideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director ofPublic Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of the officer and10 other persons for criminal offences.

Thirteen corruption prevention recommendations were made – 10 toParramatta City Council and three to the NSW Minister for Planning andthe 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 corruptrewards from two RailCorp contractors in return for the awarding ofRailCorp air-conditioning maintenance and other work to them.

In its investigation report, made public on 18 June 2007, the ICAC madefindings of corrupt conduct against the employee and the contractors.The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given toobtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respectto their prosecution, and also that of another individual, forspecified 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 corruptionrisks associated with HSC take-home assessment tasks. The ICAC'sinvestigation focused on the provision of tutoring services by a privatetutoring business, Acclaim Education, and on the review and analysis ofthe applicable regulatory frameworks and organisational policies,procedures and practices.  

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

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

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2006

Roadsand Traffic Authority & RailCorp - investigation into defraudingthe RTA and RailCorp in relation to provision of traffic managementservices (Operation Quilla)

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

In its investigation report, made public on 21 December 2006, theCommission made findings of corrupt conduct against the officer and thecontractor. The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should begiven to obtaining the advice of the Director of PublicProsecutions with respect to the prosecution of both individuals forspecified 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 publicofficial, two real estate agents and possibly others in relation to thesale of surplus properties by the former Home Purchase AssistanceAuthority 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 theHome Purchase Assistance Authority and the NSW Department of Housing,and the two real estate agents. The ICAC stated its opinion thatconsideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director ofPublic Prosecutions with respect to their prosecution for variousoffences. The ICAC also made four corruption prevention recommendationsto 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 ofCorrective Services and others engaged in corrupt conduct in connectionwith the case management of community service orders (CSO).

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

The ICAC stated its opinion that the advice of the DPP should beobtained with respect to the prosecution of seven of theindividuals for specified offences, and made 24 corruption preventionrecommendations to the Department of Corrective Services to addressdeficiencies 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 travellingto Lebanon on a Council-funded trip with developers in August andSeptember 2004, that they deceived Burwood Council about key aspects ofthe trip to Lebanon and that the reimbursement of their flight costs wasinappropriate.

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

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

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Departmentof Corrective Services - alleged cover-up of an assault on an inmate atParramatta Correctional Centre (Operation Inca)

The ICAC investigated the conduct of correctional officers employed bythe Department of Corrective Services (DCS) in relation to an allegedcover-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 foundthat the acting Deputy Governor of the PCC engaged in corrupt conductand stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtainingthe advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to theprosecution 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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SydneyHarbour Foreshore Authority and Roads and Traffic Authority - allegedleaking of a draft Cabinet minute (Operation Derwent)

The ICAC investigated an allegation that confidential information in adraft Cabinet minute, prepared by the Roads and Traffic Authority, aboutcosts associated with the proposed relocation of the Sydney Cross CityMotorway tunnel ventilation stack, was provided to a motorway consortiumby 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 corruptionprevention recommendation was made, that the NSW Cabinet Office providesguidelines for public sector agencies about the security requiredfor draft Cabinet material.

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AttorneyGeneral's Department - corrupt offers of assistance to defendants by anofficer of the Local Court Registry, Penrith (Operation Hunter)

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

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 28 February2006, made findings of corrupt conduct against the officer andstated the opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining theadvice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to theprosecution of the officer, and an associate, and that theAttorney-General's Department should consider disciplinary actionagainst  the officer. Twelve corruption prevention recommendations weremade to the Attorney-General's Department to address weaknesses ininformation 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 inthe licensing system in order to fraudulently obtain contractorlicences for residential building and building trade work.

In its investigation report, made public on 20 December 2005, the ICACmade corrupt conduct findings against 36 persons and stated its opinionthat consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of theDirector of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of eachof these persons. The report made a total of 24 corruption preventionrecommendations to the Office of Fair Trading, the Building IndustrySkills Centre, the Department of Education and Training in relation toTAFE and TAFE Plus, the Minister for Education and Training and theVocational 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 ofcompetency through the Certification Unit of the WorkCover Authority ofNSW (WorkCover). The investigation established that certificates wereissued without the applicants having undergone any assessment processand that false certificates were sold and disseminated through a networkof distributors.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 14 December2005, made findings of corrupt conduct against 23 persons, includingthree former WorkCover employees, 16 distributors of the certificatesand four applicants for the false certificates.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given toobtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respectto 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 WesternSydney Area Health Service (SWSAHS), alleged mistreatment of persons whocomplained 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 allegationsthat a former NSW Minister for Health mistreated nurses who broughtcomplaints to him. The second report, made public on 22 September 2005,dealt with a large number of separate allegations made by three nursesand a number of other persons, most of whom were employees of theSWSAHS. None of the allegations investigated by the ICAC were ultimatelysubstantiated.

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 byLiverpool City Council for the Orange Grove warehouse clearance outlet,and the circumstances surrounding the refusal by the Minister Assistingthe Minister for Infrastructure and Planning (Planning Administration)to approve an amendment to the draft Liverpool Local EnvironmentalPlan relating to the Orange Grove centre.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 11 August 2005, theICAC 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 ofInfrastructure, 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 Newcastleof allegations of plagiarism by students at an offshore campus of theUniversity’s Graduate School of Business.

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

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

The report also made five corruption prevention recommendations to theUniversity of Newcastle, relating to assessment policy, policycompliance, administrative capacity, internal investigative capacity andrisk management.

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Strathfield Municipal Council - allegations of bribery (Operation Cordoba)

The ICAC investigated circumstances surrounding the payment of money tothe then Mayor of Strathfield, including the relationships betweencertain councillors, developers and others in relation to propertydevelopments.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 23 June 2005, theICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against the Mayor, a Strathfieldcouncillor, a then-serving NSW police officer and another individual.The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining theadvice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to theprosecution of those four persons, and two other additional persons, forspecified 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 KoompahtooLocal Aboriginal Land Council (KLALC) in relation to certain propertydealings, which took place between approximately 1997 and 2002.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 1 April 2005, theICAC made corrupt conduct findings in relation to the former chairpersonof KLALC; a director of Sanpine Pty Ltd; a consultant and projectmanager; a chartered accountant and director of Sanpine; the formerco-ordinator of KLALC; the former treasurer of  KLALC; the formerdevelopment manager with Villa World Limited; and a native title andland rights consultant.

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

The ICAC also made seven corruption prevention recommendations to theState Government to reduce the risk of corrupt conduct in relation tothe 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. Tencorruption prevention recommendations were made to the NSW Parliament toprevent any misuse of the parliamentary entitlements system.

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University of Sydney and UNSW - fraudulent student applications

The ICAC investigated fraudulentapplications for the enrolment of 24 overseas full-fee paying studentsat the University of Sydney in 2003.

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

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

In its report on this investigation, provided to the NSW Minister forEducation and Training under section 14(2) of the ICAC Act on 15October 2004 and subsequently made public, the ICAC did not makefindings of corrupt conduct against any person and did not state anopinion that consideration should be given to the prosecution of, ortaking of disciplinary action against, any person.

The report examined the relevant policies and procedures at theUniversity of Sydney and at UNSW, and made 10 corruption preventionrecommendations to these two universities to address corruption risksassociated with overseas students programs, the use of agents andenrolment procedures, and to improve understanding of and compliancewith reporting requirements.

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Departmentof Corrective Services - smuggling of contraband into MetropolitanRemand and Reception Centre, Silverwater (Operation Montessa)

The ICAC investigated allegationsthat a corrections officer was taking contraband into the MetropolitanRemand 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 theSummary Offences Act 1988 and the Crimes Act 1900 andwas convicted. In its report the ICAC stated its opinion thatconsideration need not be given to his prosecution for any otherspecified offences.

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

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

The ICAC investigated theactivities of assessors accredited to WorkCover NSW to conductcompetency assessments and OH&S training for operators of heavyplant and equipment.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 30 June 2004, theICAC made corrupt conduct findings against six persons formerlyemployed by WorkCover NSW as accredited assessors, and also against aformer WorkCover NSW accredited trainer.

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

In its report the ICAC also made 14 corruption preventionrecommendations to WorkCover NSW to addressed identified corruptionrisks.

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

The ICAC investigated possiblemisuse of parliamentary entitlements in 2003 by a member of the NSWParliament and former Minister, and statements made by him concerningthat conduct (Operation Wingate).

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

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof a corrections officer in relation to the introduction of contrabandinto 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 officerand stated that consideration should be given to his prosecution forspecified offences. The ICAC also made six corruption preventionrecommendations to the Department of Corrective Services to address theentry into and control of contraband in correctional centres and toenhance corruption resistance across the correctional centre system.

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NSW Health - alleged misreporting of hospital waiting list data

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

In its report on this investigation, made to the NSW Department ofHealth on 13 February 2004 under section 14(2) of the ICAC Act andsubsequently made public, the ICAC made no findings of corrupt conductagainst any person. The ICAC made nine corruption preventionrecommendations to the Department of Health to address identifieddeficiencies in waiting list guidelines.

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2003

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

The ICAC investigated thecircumstances in which an individual falsely claimed to have certainacademic qualifications when applying for various public and privatesector 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 andstated its opinion that consideration be given to prosecution of theindividual for specified offences. The report also made four corruptionprevention recommendations relating to NSW public sector recruitmentpolicies and procedures.

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

The ICAC investigated theauthenticity of qualifications and related documents submitted as partof certain applications to the Department of Fair Trading (DFT) forbuilding and trade licences.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 6 November 2003,the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against an individual whofraudulently submitted applications to DFT for building and tradelicences on behalf of a number of applicants. The Commission stated itsopinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the individualfor specified offences and that the Attorney-General consider removingthem from the position of justice of the peace. In its report the ICACalso made five corruption prevention recommendations to the Departmentof Fair Trading to address identified risks in licence applicationprocesses.

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof officers of Integral Energy in relation to the award of contracts andtenders for the disposal of goods and services, includingdecommissioned transformers.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 29 September2003, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against a former IntegralEnergy employee and stated its opinion that consideration be given tothe prosecution of the former employee for specified offences. Fourcorruption prevention recommendations were made to Integral Energy.

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

The ICAC investigated whether anyperson engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to actions arising fromreports 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 andstated its opinion that consideration should not be given to theprosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.Four corruption prevention recommendations were made to the RIC toimprove reporting and accountability procedures and systems, and enhancethe RIC's ability to effectively demonstrate rail infrastructure issafe for public use.

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof certain officers of the NSW Grains Board in relation to the cover-upof losses by senior managers, currency speculation and profiteering bythe 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 statedits opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of three ofthose persons for specified offences.

The ICAC's investigation identified five integrity risks ofparticular relevance to public sector boards operating in a commercialenvironment.

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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, theICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the MLC and stated itsopinion that consideration be given to their prosecution for specifiedoffences and to their expulsion from the Legislative Council.

Three corruption prevention recommendations were made to the NSWParliamentary administration to improve the administration and auditingof parliamentary entitlements.

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Department of Housing - conflicts of interest

The ICAC investigated the conductof an employee of Resitech, a service agency of the Department ofHousing (DOH), and his dealings with the construction firm AustralianColour Enterprises Pty Ltd.

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

In its report the ICAC made five corruption preventionrecommendations to Resitech to improve its tendering policies andprocedures.

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Department of Housing - handling of applications for priority public housing

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

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

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 anyperson engaged in corrupt conduct in relation to a proposed developmentof a club and hotel facility for the Bulldogs Leagues Club at WoodwardPark, 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 ofone of the witnesses who gave evidence for an offence under section 87of the ICAC Act of giving false or misleading evidence to the ICAC.

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2002

University of Technology, Sydney - fraudulent alteration of student records

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

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

The ICAC made a number of corruption prevention recommendations toUTS, 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 conductof two Rockdale City Council councillors and their dealings withproperty developers and two intermediaries. The investigation alsoexamined whether donations to a political organisation were sought ormade for the purpose of currying favour for a particular developmentwith councillors aligned with the ALP.

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

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

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2001

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

The ICAC investigated mattersarising from a memorandum that a former employee of the National Parksand Wildlife Service (NPWS), claimed to have discovered on his NPWSpersonnel file in the presence of another NPWS employee. The memorandumindicated that NPWS officers had engaged in corrupt and criminal conductand also contained an inference that an ICAC officer was prepared toact 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 responsiblefor creating the memorandum and placing it on his NPWS personnel fileand made findings of corrupt conduct against him and the other employee.The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to theprosecution of both individuals for specified offences and thatconsideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against theother employee.

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

The ICAC investigated whetherpublic officials acted improperly in relation to circumstances arisingfrom a statement by the then Minister for Education and Training in theLegislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament on 10 April 2001. TheMinister's statement concerned entries in a high school student’s diary,including descriptions of suicide and doing a ‘replica’ of theColumbine High School massacre. The ICAC's investigation focused on twospecific 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 andstated its opinion that consideration should not be given to theprosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

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Liverpool City Council - conduct of garbage contractors

The ICAC investigated theactivities of two Liverpool City Council (LCC) contractors. Theinvestigation into the first contractor concerned alleged irregularitiesin the disposal of LCC waste. The investigation into the othercontractor examined allegations that it had deliberately failed to meetcontract specifications or, in some instances, did not actually carryout work for which it was paid.

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

The ICAC identified a number of deficiencies in the LCC'sadministration of the relevant contracts and listed eight key points tomanage corruption risks associated with contracting by the publicsector.

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State Rail Authority - conduct of a technical specialist

The ICAC investigated the conductof an information technology specialist who was formerly employed by theState Rail Authority (SRA) in a division called the Data NetworkManagement Group (DNMG). The ICAC examined the specialist’s conduct in:selling his own equipment, on his own advice, to the SRA at an inflatedprice and disguising the conflict of interest this created; having inhis 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, andstated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of theinformation technology specialist for specified offences. The reportalso made observations about a number of corruption risks identified inthe course of this investigation and the implications for NSW publicsector agencies.

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2000

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

The ICAC investigated whether therehad been an attempted cover-up with regard to an alleged indecentassault by a Member of Parliament on a woman at the NSW Parliament Housein September 2000.

In the report on its investigation, madepublic on 20 December 2000, the ICAC made findings that no person hadacted to falsely concoct or withhold evidence, or attempted toimproperly persuade anyone not to report or otherwise seek investigationof the alleged indecent assault, that is, to cover-up what had occurredon that evening, and that no person had engaged in corrupt conduct inrelation to the matters investigated.

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Roads and Traffic Authority - rebirthing of motor vehicles

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

In itsinvestigation report, made public in November 2000, the ICAC madefindings of corrupt conduct against 31 individuals and stated itsopinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of 29 persons forspecified offences. The report also identified a number of corruptionprevention 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 conductof a Member of Parliament (MP) in relation to his use of air travelwarrants and the entitlements of various members of Parliament towardspayment for air charters organised by him on 6 and 7 May 1993, 25-29July 1994, 28 September 1994 and 10 October 1994.

In its report onthis investigation, made public in October 2000, theICAC found that the Member and his electorate officer acted without duecare, attention, and diligence. No findings of corrupt conduct were madeagainst any person and the ICAC stated its opinion that considerationshould not be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinaryaction against, any person. A recommendation was made that the MP repayto Parliament the sum of $7,507.32 for air charters using warrants orentitlements that should not have been utilised.

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South Sydney Council - administration and auditing of cleaning contracts

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

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

In itsreport on this investigation, made public in October 2000, the ICACfound that there was no evidence that any officer of South SydneyCouncil or anyone else had engaged in corrupt conduct.

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Greyhound Racing Authority - bribery and secret commissions

The ICAC investigated the conductof officials of the Greyhound Racing Authority (NSW) (GRA) in relationto their dealings with the owners and trainers of racing greyhounds. Inparticular, the investigation focused on the relationships of the ChiefSteward of the GRA with certain trainers and owners of greyhounds.

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

Inits report the ICAC also made 16 corruption resistance recommendationsincluding 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 majorinvestigation into the conduct of officers of the NSW Department ofCorrective Services and other persons in relation to the operation ofthat Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with aseparate aspect of this investigation were produced and made publicbetween February 1998 and April 2000.

The fifth and final reporton this investigation, made public in April 2000, concerned allegationsof high-level corruption in the Department of Corrective Services inrelation to two separate escape attempts by prison inmates in 1993 and1996. The ICAC made no findings of corrupt conduct against any person inthis report, stated its opinion that consideration should not be givento the prosecution of any person and stated its opinion that theCommissioner of the Department of Corrective Services should giveconsideration to taking disciplinary action against an acting Policy andProject Officer with the Department, in relation to his failure toprovide accurate information to another DCS officer.

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1999

Liverpool City Council - conduct of former purchasing officer

The ICAC investigated purchasingactivities of Liverpool City Council and how that system was abused byits Purchasing Manager in his dealings with several contractors who wereawarded contracts for Council work.

In its report on thisinvestigation, made public in November 1999, the ICAC made findings ofcorrupt conduct against the purchasing manager and seven contractors.The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to theprosecution of two persons for specified offences and recommended thatthe General Manager of Liverpool City Council finalise currentdisciplinary action against another Council officer in relation toconflict of interest matters. In its report the ICAC also examines whatactions could have been taken by Council to prevent the purchasingmanager's subversion of purchasing procedures.

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof employees of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in theirdealings with a number of companies and individuals holding approvalsand licences issued by the EPA.

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

Thereport also analysed corruption risks in regulatory functions and made arecommendation to the EPA that it assess the effectiveness of itsvarious strategies to improve ethical standards and provide a report tothe ICAC on its progress and achievements within the first 12 months ofoperation.

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

The ICAC conducted a majorinvestigation into  the conduct of officers of the NSW Department ofCorrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operationof that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with aseparate aspect of this investigation were produced and made publicbetween February 1998 and April 2000.

The fourth report on thisinvestigation, made public in November 1999, dealt with the conduct ofLeslie John Kelly, a DCS correctional officer, while he was ActingGovernor of the Wollongong Periodic Detention Centre (WPDC), inparticular his handling of complaints against other correctionalofficers, his attitude towards certain detainees and the maintenance ofdiscipline within the WPDC. In this report the ICAC made findings ofcorrupt conduct against Mr Kelly and stated its opinion thatconsideration be given to his prosecution for specified offences and tothe taking of disciplinary action against him with a view to hisdismissal.

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof officers of the Illawarra Development Board (IDB) in relation to itsfinancial affairs, the disposition of Board assets and the audit,control, management, supervision and other systems and procedures inplace in relation to the IDB to 30 June 1990 and thereafter in relationto the dissolution of the IDB and the disposition of its remainingassets.

In its report on this investigation, made public inOctober 1999, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against theformer Executive Officer of the IDB and Regional Development Manager ofthe Department of State and Regional Development. The ICAC stated itsopinion 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.

Inits report the ICAC also made seven corruption preventionrecommendations to the Department of State and Regional Development inparticular 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 conductof ticket sellers at Manly Wharf. The investigation disclosed that anumber of employees manipulated the ticket selling machines at ManlyWharf to produce tickets that could be sold but which were not recordedby the ticketing system as sold tickets.

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

The ICACestablished that the corrupt conduct had occurred because no one in therevenue department of Sydney Ferries or supervisors of the relevantstaff were aware of how the ticket machines operated or understood thesystem’s internal checks to detect fraud. An analysis of theshortcomings that permitted the ticket sellers’ misconduct to goundetected for so long and the changes made by Sydney Ferries inresponse were detailed in the report.

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

The ICAC conducted a majorinvestigation into the conduct of officers of the NSW Department ofCorrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operationof that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with aseparate aspect of this investigation were produced and made publicbetween February 1998 and April 2000.

The ICAC's third report onthis investigation, made public in June 1999, dealt with the activitiesof two former correctional officers in terms of inappropriaterelationships and dealings with serving and former inmates.This segment of the investigation also examined aspects of the DCS WorkRelease Program and testing of inmates by urinalysis for prohibitedsubstances.

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

In its report the ICAC madefindings of corrupt conduct against the two former correctionalofficers and three other persons and stated its opinion thatconsideration be given to the prosecution of one of the formercorrectional 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 allegationsthat Sydney City Council employees working as weighbridge operators atthe St Peters waste depot were accepting bribes from the operators ofcommercial waste disposal businesses to understate the quantity of wastetipped at the depot by those businesses.

In its report on thisinvestigation, made public in June 1999. the ICAC made findings ofcorrupt conduct against two former Sydney City Council weighbridgeoperators, two operators of a commercial waste disposal company, andagainst their company. The ICAC recommended that consideration be givento the prosecution of these four inviduals and of the company forspecified offences.

In the course of its investigation into thismatter the ICAC received and investigated allegations of similar conductat other waste disposal depots operated by NSW councils, includingallegations that weighbridge operators at Gosford City Council's SouthWoy Woy waste depot were accepting bribes in return for allowingcommercial waste disposal businesses to tip waste at that depot withoutcharge. The ICAC urged all NSW councils to refer to the 10 corruptionprevention recommendations made by the ICAC  and implemented by SydneyCity Council.

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

The ICAC investigated the practicesand procedures of Aboriginal land councils in NSW and produced threereports 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 madeagainst individuals in the Aboriginal land council system at or prior tothe investigation, which commenced in late 1994. The complaints allegedmisuse of land council money and assets, maladministration, lack ofproper record-keeping, nepotism, cronyism, other favouritism andconflicts of interest.

In its report on this phase of the investigation the ICAC madefindings of corrupt conduct against 11 persons and stated its opinionthat consideration be given to the prosecution of five of these personsfor specified offences, to the removal of two of these persons fromtheir positions as chairpersons of Local Aboriginal Land Councils and tothe removal of one of these persons as a councillor of the NSWAboriginal 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 travelentitlements and other parliamentary allowances and produced twoinvestigation reports. 

The ICAC's first report on this investigation, made public in April1998, deals with the conduct of seven members of the NSW Parliament inrelation to five air charters organised by one of the MPs when he wasShadow Minister for Transport and Roads. In this report the ICAC madefindings of corrupt conduct against one member of Parliament andrecommended that consideration be given to his prosecution for specifiedoffences and that consideration should be given by the NSW LegislativeAssembly to the taking of action against him in respect of hismembership of the Legislative Assembly.

The ICAC's second report on this investigation, made public in December1998, deals with the ICAC's analysis of the use of the entitlements andallowances allocated to members of the NSW Parliament and the relevantadministrative systems operating within the NSW Parliament. Sixty-threerecommendations were made in the report for the reform of parliamentaryadministrative 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 hehad corruptly provided money and other benefits to a member of the NSWParliament.

In its report in this investigation, made public in December 1998, theICAC 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 majorinvestigation into  the conduct of officers of the NSW Department ofCorrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operationof that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with aseparate aspect of this investigation were produced and made publicbetween February 1998 and April 2000.

The second report on thisinvestigation, made public in November 1998, dealt with the conduct of aformer DCS employee and a nurse formerly employed by the CorrectionsHealth Service (CHS) and their relationships with inmates. Findings ofcorrupt conduct were made against the former DCS employee, the formerCHS employee and an inmate

The ICAC stated its opinion thatconsideration be given to the prosecution of the former CHS employee forspecified offences and to the taking of action against her forprofessional misconduct and/or unsatisfactory conduct pursuant to theprovisions 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 exerciseby an Alderman of Fairfield City Council of his official duties inrespect of two development applications considered by the Council.

Inits report on this investigation, made public in November 1998, theICAC made corrupt conduct findings against the former Alderman and fiveother persons and stated its opinion that consideration be given toobtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respectto the prosecution of the former Alderman and four other persons forspecified offences.

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

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof a senior inspector with the Department of Gaming and Racing,specifically his dealings with the owner of a licensed hotel and hisfinancial and business relationships with a number of other personsassociated with other licensed premises.

In its report on thisinvestigation, made public in September 1998, the ICAC made findings ofcorrupt conduct in respect of the former inspector and an associate. Norecommendations in relation to prosecution or disciplinary action weremade in the report. The report also identifies corruption risksassociated with inspectorial and licensing functions and reportson action taken by the Department of Gaming and Racing to address theserisks.

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State Rail Authority of NSW - four investigations into serious corruption

The ICAC investigated four separateoccurrences of serious corruption in the former State Rail Authority(SRA). The first investigation concerned the theft and sale of SRAproperty, laundering of the proceeds and tendering processes. The secondinvestigation concerned overtime abuse, bribery and favouritism inallocation of maintenance work. The third investigation concernedconflict of interest and dishonesty in allocation of carriage cleaningcontracts and the fourth investigation concerned bribery in relation tocertification of carriage cleaning work.

In its report on theseinvestigations, made public in June 1998, the ICAC made findings ofcorrupt conduct against 16 persons and stated its opinion thatconsideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of PublicProsecutions with respect to the prosecution of 15 people for specifiedoffences.

The report also details the corruption preventionstrategies formulated by the rail organisations into which the formerSRA was divided: FreightCorp, the Rail Access Corporation, the RailwayServices 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 disposalof specific waste and surplus assets by TransGrid, the NSW publicauthority responsible for the high-voltage transmission system in NSW;Pacific Power, one of three State owned corporations responsible forelectricity generation in NSW and Integral Energy, one of six Stateowned corporations responsible for the distribution of electricity inNSW.  

In its report on this investigation, made public in June1998, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against seven personsand stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining theadvice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to theprosecution of four of these persons for specified offences.

Thereport also analyses the corruption risks associated with the disposalof assets and details action taken by TransGrid, Pacific Power andIntegral 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 conductof staff of the Glebe Morgue and their dealings with certain funeraldirectors. The investigation focused on benefits received by Morguestaff (Forensic Assistants) for the referral of funerals to funeraldirectors and the management of the personal effects of deceasedpersons.

In its report on this investigation, made public inMarch 1998, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 15persons - 13 current or former Glebe Morgue staff and two directors of aprivate funeral director business - and stated its opinion thatconsideration be given to the prosecution of eight of these persons forspecified offences.

The report also identifies corruption issuesrelevant to this investigation and details fraud and corruption controlactions taken by the authorities responsible for the Glebe Morgue: theDepartment 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 majorinvestigation into the conduct of officers of the NSW Department ofCorrective Services (DCS) and other persons in relation to the operationof that Department. Five investigation reports, each dealing with aseparate aspect of this investigation were produced and made publicbetween February 1998 and April 2000.

The ICAC's first report onthis investigation, made public in February 1998, dealt with allegationsrelating to the conduct of one Prison Officer. The ICAC's investigationestablished that the Prison Officer was responsible for instigating anassault by one or more prisoners on another prisoner. The investigationalso disclosed improper associations by the Prison Officer with twopersons, one of whom was a known drug trafficker and the other of whomwas a well-known Sydney crime figure.

In this report the ICACmade corrupt conduct findings against the Prison Officer, the known drugtrafficker and the crime figure. It was also recommended thatconsideration be given to the prosecution of the drug trafficker foroffences under section 87 of the ICAC Act.

The report alsodetailed inadequacies in the then current DCS policy in relation to theentry to and exit from correctional centres by prison officers, and thesearching of items carried by them into prisons. TheICAC recommended that the DCS develop a new policy to govern prisonofficers' entry into and exit from correctional officers and to searchprison officers for contraband items they may be smuggling in forprisoners.

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1997

LaneCove Council, Holroyd City Council and Fairfield City Council - conductof council officers and others in relation to property developments

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

In its reporton this investigation, made public in November 1997, the ICAC madefindings of corrupt conduct against each of the above four persons andstated its opinion that consideration should be given by the Director ofPublic Prosecutions to the prosecution of the first two of thesepersons, also noting that the last-mentioned two persons had alreadybeen prosecuted in relation to the conduct investigated.

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Officeof the Director of Public Prosecutions - circumstances surrounding theoffering of no evidence by the NSW DPP on an all grounds appeal atLismore District Court

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

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

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

The ICAC investigated thecircumstances surrounding the formulation and adoption of Byron ShireCouncil’s Residential Development Strategy and certain events arisingwithin this context; and the Council's conduct in relation to land knownlocally as the Conference Centre site. 

The ICAC made findings ofcorrupt conduct against a former employee of the Council and two otherpersons in relation to allegations made concerning the Council's conductand stated its opinion that consideration should be given to theirprosecution for specified offences, including the common law offence ofconspiracy 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 theevaluation conducted by the Public Employment Office (PEO) ofthe position of Director-General, Department of Community Services. TheICAC also investigated the recommendation and decision relating to theremoval and unattachment of the incumbent Director-General from thatposition and the subsequent decision to revoke his removal.

TheICAC's report on this investigation, made public in November 1996, madeno findings of corrupt conduct against any person. Recommendations weremade in the report that consideration be given to the taking ofdisciplinary action against two PEO officers.

TheICAC’s investigation identified serious flaws in practices andprocedures of the PEO in relation to the administration of the jobevaluation process and made six corruption recommendations - four to thePremier'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 conductof a former Police Air Wing officer in relation to the allocation of allPolice Air Wing charter work for fixed-wing aircraft to one privatecharter company.

In its report on this investigation, made publicin October 1996, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against theformer Police Air Wing Officer and stated its opinion that considerationshould be given to his prosecution for a specified offence and to thetaking of disciplinary action against him.

The ICAC also madefindings of corrupt conduct against the proprietor of the privatecharter company to which Police Air Wing charter work had beenallocated, and stated that it proposed to refer the general issue of theproprietor's and his company's non-compliance with Commonwealthlegislation dealing with aircraft safety and maintenance to theappropriate Commonwealth authority.

In its report, the ICACidentified issues related to secondary employment and procurementthat allowed corruption to occur and continue, and resulted in oneprivate company obtaining an effective monopoly over Polic Air Wingcharter 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.

Inits report on this investigation, made public in August 1996, the ICACstated that it had found no direct credible evidence to support theallegations made against the Chairman of Stewards, nor any otherevidence from which the truth of the allegations could legitimately beinferred. No findings of corrupt conduct or recommendations with respectto the prosecution or taking of disciplinary action against any personwere made in the report. The ICAC made a recommendation that the Code ofConduct with regard to harness racing stewards be revised to betterregulate relationships between stewards and others involved in harnessracing operations.

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

The ICAC investigated the purportedtermination of the employment agreements of the then two most seniorofficers of Southern Mitchell Electricity (SME), the General Manager andAssistant General Manager, and the decision of the SME Board to paythem a total amount of $1.4 million as a consequence of suchtermination.

In its report on this investigation, made public inJanuary 1996, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against theformer General Manager and Assistant General Manager. No recommendationswere made that consideration be given to the prosecution of any personfor a criminal offence. A recommendation was made that consideration begiven to the taking of disciplinary action against a solicitor who hadbeen engaged to provide legal advice regarding the General Manager andAssistant 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 thecircumstances surrounding the payment of a parliamentary pension to aformer member of the NSW Parliament who had been convicted of taxationoffences. 

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation.

Inits first report, made public in February 1995, the ICAC stated that ithad found no evidence of corrupt conduct on the part of any publicofficial or former public official, but had found that the law andpractice concerning the effects of a conviction of a memberof Parliament are unclear and in need of clarification.

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Inits second report, made public in April 1996, the ICAC addressedmatters including the criteria for vacating a seat in Parliament, theconcept of "infamous crime" in the Constitution Act 1902, theprocess for calling a by-election in the event of the vacation of a seatand its relationship to the relevant legislation. The ICAC made fiverecommendations to address these issues, including that relevantsections 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 conductof councillors and officers of Randwick City Council in the processingof development and building applications and the relationships betweencouncillors, council officers and developers.

In its report onthis investigation, made public in February 1995, the ICAC made corruptconduct findings against six persons. The ICAC recommended that the NSWDirector of Public Prosecutions consider the prosecution of four personsfor specified offences, and that the Commonwealth Director of PublicProsecutions consider the prosecution of one of these persons fortaxation offences.

In the course of this investigation the ICACreleased an issues paper dealing with discretion in development controlprocesses and took submissions received into account in preparing itsreport. The ICAC made nine corruption prevention recommendations toaddress the issues identified, including for changes to council staffemployment contracts and conditions and changes to development controllegislation 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 investigateddealings between a sales administrator employed by the Roads and TrafficAuthority (RTA), and a number of real estate agents retained by the RTAto sell land.

In its report on this investigation, made publicin February 1995, the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against thesales administrator and four real estate agents, and recommended thatconsideration should be given to the prosecution of the salesadministrator for specified offences and to the taking of disciplinaryaction against him with a view to dismissing him from the RTA,dispensing with or otherwise terminating his services.

In itsreport the ICAC also analysed the findings of an RTA review of propertydisposal policies and procedures, summarised remedial action proposed bythe 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 allegationsthat members of the NSW Police Service protected paedophiles fromcriminal investigation or prosecution. The ICAC also investigatedwhether the procedures of or relationships between the NSW PoliceService and other public authorities adversely affected policeinvestigations and the prosecution of paedophiles and the conduct ofpublic officials related to these matters.

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

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NSW Police Service - matters relating to police and confidential information

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

In its report on this investigation, made publicin June 1994, the ICAC stated it would refer information that suggestedthat a serving member of the NSW Police Service may have accepted abribe from a known criminal in exchange for the "fixing" of aprosecution to the Director of Public Prosecutions for his considerationof charges of bribery. The report also analysed relevant policies andprocedures relating to the protection of confidential information andmade seven corruption prevention recommendations to the NSW PoliceService.

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

TheICAC investigated the relationship between police (especiallydetectives) and criminals after January 1975, with particular referenceto defined areas of criminality, including armed robberies and illegalgambling. The ICAC also examined the practices and procedures of the NSWPolice Service in handling complaints made by police officers againstpolice officers.

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation.

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

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TheICAC's second report, made public in April 1994, focused onthe administrative systems and management issues identified in thecourse of the investigation: management of informers; conduct ofcriminal investigations; record-keeping; police and prosecutions; andmisconduct and complaints. Sixteen corruption prevention recommendationswere made in this report.  

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

The ICAC was requested byresolution of both Houses of the NSW Parliament to investigate whetherprocedures relating to a defamation case brought by a member of the NSWParliament and its settlement were acceptable having regard, amongstother things, to practices and procedures in the public sector andwhether any improper influence was exercised by any person or persons inthis process.

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

The plaintiff appealed and theappeal was settled on terms that abandoned the order for costs. TheDepartment of Health approved the settlement. The investigation by theICAC sought to identify reasons, opportunities, ways or means wherebypressure or influence might have been brought to bear and, if so, bywhom.

In its report on this investigation, made public in January1994, the ICAC made findings that  that there had been no improperinfluence exercised by any person, and that the correct procedures hadbeen 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 conductof a former Alderman of Coffs Harbour City Council, in relation to hisdealings with developers in the Coffs Harbour district between September1987 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.

TheICAC stated its opinion that consideration be given to obtaining theadvice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to theprosecution of the former Alderman for bribery and the prosecution ofthe 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 theprofessional relationship between the NSW Ombudsman and a privateindividual, who owned companies manufacturing gaming machines ("thecompany owner") and for whom the Ombudsman had acted as a solicitorprior to his appointment as NSW Ombudsman in February 1988.

The companyowner had made complaints prior to that date to the Office of the NSWOmbudsman against certain police officers, which were still underconsideration at the time of the Ombudsman's appointment in February1988.

The ICAC's investigation sought to establish whether theNSW Ombudsman had affected, or attempted to affect, the honest andimpartial performance of the functions of the Deputy Ombudsman or anyother officer of the Ombudsman in relation to their investigation orinquiry into, or reporting on, the complaints made by the company owner.

Inits report on this investigation, made public in June 1999, theICAC found no evidence of impropriety of any sort and made no findingsof 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 investigationinto (1) the operation and management of Trackfast between April 1989and December 1991 and (2) the methods of allocating work to and makingpayments to contractors in the Northern Region of the State RailAuthority (SRA) between June 1989 and December 1991 and produced tworeports, each dealing with one segment of the investigation.

TheICAC's second report, made public in March 1993, was principallyconcerned with dealings between the SRA and certain contractors,relating to the hire of plant and equipment for use on geotechnicalsites in the Northern Region of NSW. The ICAC's investigationestablished that certain contractors and SRA officers had colluded inthe presentation of invoices to the SRA supported by dockets falselyrecording the equipment hired or the work carried out on site. 

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

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof public officials, including prison officers and police, in relationto the use of informers, prisoners and indemnified persons to assistin the investigation and prosecution process; whether any such personshad been encouraged or discouraged to act in a particular way by anypublic official; and the operations of the Internal Investigation Unitand the Special Operations Division of the Department of CorrectiveServices 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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Thesecond report dealt with eight of the nine prosecutions investigated inthe course of this investigation. In this report the ICAC made afinding of corrupt conduct against a senior DCS officer and stated itsopinion that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary actionagainst him. The officer sought review by the Supreme Court of theICAC's findings. The Supreme Court made declaration that the ICAC'sfinding that the officer had engaged in corrupt conduct was made withoutor in excess of jurisdiction and was a nullity. In its report the ICACalso stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecutionof 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 investigationinto (1) the operation and management of Trackfast between April 1989and December 1991 and (2) the methods of allocating work to and makingpayments to contractors in the Northern Region of the State RailAuthority (SRA) between June 1989 and December 1991. The ICAC producedtwo reports, each dealing with one segment of the investigation.

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

Inits report the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against the thenFleet Resources Manager of Trackfast and stated its opinion thatconsideration should be given to the taking of disciplinary actionagainst him.

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Roadsand Traffic Authority, NSW Police Service and other NSW public sectoragencies - unauthorised release of Government information

The ICAC investigated theunauthorised release of Government information and the trade of suchinformation. The investigation disclosed a massive illicit trade ingovernment information and identified more than 250 people who hadparticipated over many years in the widespread improper sale andexchange of information from a variety of State and Commonwealthgovernment sources and the private sector.

The ICAC's report onthis investigation, in three volumes, was made public in August 1992. Inits report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 155persons and findings of conduct liable to allow, encourage or cause theoccurrence of corrupt conduct against 101 persons. Thirty-seven of thosefound to have engaged in corrupt conduct in connection with the tradein confidential government information were police officers at the time.Another 18 found to have engaged in corrupt conduct in connection withthat trade, were Department of Main Roads or Roads and Traffic Authorityofficials at the time.

The ICAC stated its opinion thatconsideration be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of PublicProsecutions with respect to the prosecution of 106 persons, and thatconsideration be given to the taking of discipinary action against ordismissal of 30 persons.

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

The ICAC investigated the conductof a former member of Maitland City Council in relation to his allegedassociation and dealings with a property developer and associatedcompanies 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 inrelation to the resignation of a member of the NSW Parliament, and hissubsequent appointment to a position in the NSW Senior ExecutiveService.

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

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

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TheICAC's third report on this investigation, made public in March 1993,made 12 recommendations with respect to integrity in public sectorrecruitment.

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Sydney Water Board - sludge disposal tender management

The ICAC investigated the conductof officers of the Sydney Water Board and others in relation to theWater Board's management of sludge disposal, and the Water Board'ssludge management tender processes between 1 January 1988 and 30 June1991.

In its report on this investigation, made public in May1992, the ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given totaking disciplinary action against the then Chief Economist with theBoard, for misconduct, and to taking action against him with a view toterminating his services, for his failure to perform his dutiesimpartially.

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NSW Film Corporation - dealings with Pepper Distribution Inc

The ICAC investigated the terms andconditions of marketing agreements entered into between the New SouthWales Film Corporation and an American distribution company, PepperDistribution Inc.

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

In its report on thisinvestigation, made public in March 1992, the ICAC stated its opinionthat consideration should not be given to the prosecution of, or takingof disciplinary action against, any person, nor to the dismissal of anypublic official.

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

The ICAC investigated the nature ofconflicts between public duty and private interest which arose in theperiod 1 January 1985 and 30 March 1991, and the manner in which theywere dealt with, within local government, involving both state and localgovernment and involving both local government and the private sector.

TheICAC's report on this investigation, made public in March 1992, maderecommendations for change, particularly the establishing of a LocalGovernment Tribunal empowered to inquire into allegations of, orcircumstances suggesting any such breach, with power to disqualify,suspend, reprimand, or counsel the individual concerned, or dismiss theallegation. The report also made recommendations, particularly tochanges 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 aninvestigation into the conduct of persons involved in or connected withthe awarding and performance of contracts for the haulage of gravel andsandstone, the hire of road plant and equipment (particularly inrelation to the Wiangaree Deviation), road works generally, and inparticular practices followed in charging the Roads and TrafficAuthority in relation to works in the Shire of Kyogle since December1987.

A range of recommendations on the consideration of thedismissal and prosecution of persons were made in the report, madepublic 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 conductof officers of South Sydney Council, in particular those in its Planningand Building Department, in relation to the preparation and processingof development and building applications, the performance of work forprivate clients, and referrals to architects and others from 1 January1989 to 1991.

The investigation concentrated firstly on therelationship between the Council's Deputy Manager - Strategic and hisbrother's architectural firm, and the way in which development andbuilding applications prepared by the firm were dealt with by Councilofficers and, secondly, on private work performed by Council employees.

The Council'sDeputy Manager - Strategic was found to have engaged in corruptconduct. The report, made public in December 1991, stated theopinion that the Council should give consideration to his dismissal fromthe Council. No findings of corrupt conduct were made against any otherindividual.

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Department of Administrative Services - tendering for vinyl floor products

The ICAC investigated the conductof persons connected with or involved in the tendering for, or lettingof Department of Administrative Services performance contract for, thesupply and laying of vinyl floor coverings from August 1987 to 1991. Thevinyl products component of the contract was worth about $750,000 eachyear. 

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

The ICAC's report on thisinvestigation, made public in July 1991, found that the conduct of theformer Administrative Services Officer was corrupt in nature, but statedthe opinion that consideration should not be given to the prosecutionof any person in relation to this investigation. The report alsocommented on deficiencies in the Department's procurement processes andissues relating to post-separation employment and stated that it wouldundertake corruption prevention work on procurement processes.

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Maritime Services Board - tendering for helicopter services

This report concerned aninvestigation into the Maritime Services Board’s (MSB) tendering processfor helicopter services in 1987-88 and the association between the thenMSB officer and the successful tenderer, a company with no priorexperience with helicopters, that won the tender, but performed thecontract unsatisfactorily. When the contract expired, helicopterservices were provided on an ad hoc basis by the company operatingunder another name.

In its report on this investigation, madepublic in July 1991, the ICAC made findings that the conduct of the thenMSB officer was corrupt in relation to the tendering process, andstated its opinion that consideration be given to his dismissal but thatconsideration not be given to his prosecution. The report alsorecommended that consideration be given to the creation of a new offenceforbidding public servants from entering into contracts withgovernment.

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

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

Themost important allegation investigated was that payments were made topolice officers for confidential information, or in the vernacular, thatpolice were acting as spotters for the truck repair companies.

Asa result of work done in late 1990 and early 1991 by a jointpolice-ICAC team, three police officers were charged with seriousoffences.

The ICAC's report on its subsequent investigation, madepublic in May 1991, stated the opinion that consideration be given tocriminal or disciplinary proceedings against a further two policeofficers.

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NSW Legislative Assembly - allegations of conspiracy involving Members of Parliament

This report concerned aninvestigation into the conduct of the former Member for Bankstown in theNew South Wales Legislative Assembly in relation to his dealings with anamed person between January 1985 and July 1986.

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

In its report on thisinvestigation, made public in April 1991, the ICAC made norecommendations that consideration be given to the prosecution of ortaking of disciplinary action against any person. The report suggestedthat the NSW Parliament could do more by way of inducting members, byproviding 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 conductof NSW Police in the Sutherland district, in particular officersresponsible for licensed premises, and the handling of complaintsagainst police in that district, in particular complaints in connectionwith licensed premises. The investigation focused on allegationsthat for an 18-month period from 1984, weekly payments had been made bythe Caringbah Inn Hotel’s licensee to a licensing police officer.

In itsreport on the investigation, made public in February 1991, the ICACstated its opinion that consideration should be given to the prosecutionof 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 conductof persons involved in the making, processing and determination ofdevelopment applications within the Municipality of Waverley betweenJuly 1982 and 1990 and the conduct of a former Engineer/Planner ofWaverley Municipal Council in that role between July 1982 and July 1988,in particular his relationship with Dainford Ltd and associatedcompanies. 

In its report on this investigation, made public inJanuary 1991, the ICAC states its opinion that consideration be given tothe prosecution of  the Managing Director of Dainford and the formerEngineer/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 paymentof sums of money by driving instructors, with or without the knowledgeof their pupils, to driver examiners.  The period under investigationwas the 1980s, when licences were issued by the Department of MotorTransport and, from January 1989, the Roads and Traffic Authority.

In its two-volumeinvestigation report, made public in December 1990, the ICAC madecorrupt conduct findings against 61 individuals. The ICAC recommended tothe Chief Executive of the Roads and Traffic Authority thatconsideration be given to terminating the services of 14 driverexaminers, and the driving instructor's licenses of 23 individuals. Thereport also states the opinion that the Department of PublicProsecutions consider the prosecution of 13 individuals for specifiedcriminal charges, including giving false evidence pursuant to section 87of 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, thatharassing telephone calls made to an individual's residence in and afterMarch 1990 had been traced to Mt Druitt Police Station.

In itsreport on this investigation, made public in December 1990, the ICACmade findings of corrupt conduct against five persons, includingfour NSW Police officers, and stated its opinion that consideration begiven to the prosecution of three of these persons for specifiedcriminal offences and the taking of disciplinary action against four ofthese persons.

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

The ICAC investigated allegationsconcerning the conduct of persons involved in the calling and processingof tenders in relation to the Walsh Bay redevelopment project duringthe late 1980s, and the possible leaking of confidential information inrelation to the tender process.

In its report on thisinvestigation, made public in October 1990, the ICAC made no findings ofcorrupt conduct and stated the opinion that there was insufficientevidence to warrant consideration of prosecution or the taking ofdisciplinary action against any person or the dismissal of any publicofficial.

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Department of Housing - dealings with Homfray Carpets Australia Pty Ltd

The ICAC investigated the conductof persons connected with or involved in the tendering for, or lettingor performance of contracts or, the supply and laying of carpets inpremises occupied or used by NSW public authorities, including the NewSouth Wales Departments of Health, Housing, Technical and FurtherEducation, and Public Works, from January 1985 to 1990.

The ICAC'sreport on this investigation, made public in September 1990,recommended that consideration be given to the prosecution of sixpersons 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 allegationthat, during late 1989, there had been an offer to pay money to ateacher at the Randwick TAFE College as an inducement or reward to passsome sprinkler fitter apprentices who were expected otherwise to fail.

TheICAC's report on this investigation, made public in August 1990, madefindings that there was no evidence warranting consideration ofprosecution of any person for any criminal offence, and that questionsof disciplinary action or the removal of any public official from officedid not arise.

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Land Titles Office - processing and registration of documentation

The ICAC investigated theprocessing and registration of deposited plan DP 787368 at the LandTitles Office, in particular the conduct of a former LTO employee whowas engaged as a consultant and paid a fee to facilitate registration ofDP 787368.

In its investigation report, made public in July1990, the ICAC made findings that there was no sufficient evidencewarranting consideration of the prosecution of two named individuals forany offence, and no grounds for disciplinary action against ordismissal of any public official.

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Tweed Shire Council - North Coast land development

The ICAC investigated several landrezoning and development applications and related transactions on theNSW north coast which involved members of Tweed Shire Council, includingthe then Tweed Shire Council Deputy President, the then Chairman of theNorth Coast Industry Development Board and a land developmentconsultant. 

The ICAC's report on this investigation, madepublic in July 1990, stated the opinion that consideration be given tothe taking of disciplinary action against two persons and theprosecution of 18 persons for specified criminal offences includingcommon 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 thecircumstances surrounding the granting and enforcement of a licence toexcavate, fill and otherwise operate on land at or near the SilverwaterPrison Complex to Bradshaw Waste Industries Pty Ltd by the CorrectiveServices Commission or the Department of Corrective Services, afterJanuary 1982, and the conduct of persons, including present and formerpublic officials.

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

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1989

NSW Police - alleged fabrication of evidence

The ICAC investigated allegationsarising out of a raid by NSW Police officers on premises in Redfern. Itwas alleged then and later that evidence was fabricated to the detrimentof the then occupant of the premises. Those said to be involved weresenior police officers.

During the exercise of the search warrant asmall quantity of heroin was found but the occupant of thepremises complained on the day that the heroin had been 'planted' in apocket of his suit coat.  

In its investigation report, madepublic in December 1989, the ICAC stated that there was insufficientevidence to justify prosecution of any of the five Police officerssubject of the investigation in relation to the alleged fabrication ofevidence. The report also recommended that "close consideration be givento amending the ICAC Act, and in particular s.74(5), so as to render itsensible and comprehensible".

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

The ICAC investigated an allegedattempt to solicit a large bribe in order to facilitate approval fromSydney City Council for the development of a property, in the centralbusiness district of Sydney then known as the Park Plaza site, owned byJapanese construction company Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd.

In itsinvestigation report, made public in October 1989, the ICAC stated thatthere was sufficient evidence to warrant consideration of prosecution ofone individual, engaged by Kumagai Gumi as a consultant, for specifiedcriminal offences.

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