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Investigation Report 08/2020: Operation Angove - An investigation into possible corruption issues regarding the Department of Home Affairs and its interactions with Crown Casino

Operation Angove was an investigation into corruption allegations concerning interaction between the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) with Crown Melbourne Limited (Crown) and their VIPs who travelled to Australia, particularly from China, to gamble in their facilities. The allegations were referred to ACLEI by the Attorney-General on 30 July 2019 and on 31 July 2019 the Integrity Commissioner decided to investigate those allegations that fell within ACLEI’s jurisdiction. The investigation considered three allegations: 1. whether there was corruption by Home Affairs staff in relation to the provision of Australian visas for Crown VIPs. 2. whether there was corruption by ABF staff in relation to the clearing of those VIPs at the Australian Border. 3. whether an ABF staff member engaged in corrupt conduct while employed by a VIP junket operator. The investigation did not find evidence of corrupt conduct by Home Affairs or ABF staff in relation to any of the three allegations. However, we did identify a number of issues with the administration of the visa support arrangement between Home Affairs and Crown and off-terminal clearances by the ABF. These issues included lack of documentation about the visa support arrangement, poor record keeping, including gaps in recorded reasons for decisions, and a lack of understanding of national policies and procedures for front line staff.