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Operation Barcoo public notice

Wednesday 17 August 2011

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is conducting an investigation into an allegation that David Johnson, while employed as a Project Manager with the then Department of Education and Training ("the DET"), between 1 March 2008 and 30 April 2009, engaged in corrupt conduct by:

  • improperly causing officers of the DET to appoint persons employed by or otherwise connected with Ogawie Pty Limited ("Ogawie"), a company operated by Mr Johnson,  in order to benefit financially from those appointments
  • falsely representing to officers of the DET that certain persons had provided services to the DET when, at Mr Johnson's direction, they had provided services to Ogawie, in order to benefit financially from the provision of those services
  • improperly causing officers of the DET to approve and pay for the provision of   information technology services by Catalina IT ("Catalina"), an information technology company, in order to benefit financially from the payments to Catalina. 

As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting at 10:00 am on Monday 22 August 2011, at L21, 133 Castlereagh St., Sydney.

Persons claiming to be substantially and directly interested in this matter may seek leave to be represented at the inquiry, and are invited to contact Jan Daly on (02) 8281-5999 to advise of their interest.

Members of the public with information relevant to the investigation are encouraged to provide it in writing at GPO Box 500, Sydney, NSW 2001, or by facsimile (02) 9264-5364. The ICAC will treat all information confidentially and has legislative powers to protect people who provide information to the Commission.

Roy Waldon

Solicitor to the Commission