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.
23 Aug 2022
Operation Avon was an investigation by ACLEI into allegations that Australian Border Force officers were engaging in corrupt conduct by assisting a criminal syndicate to import drugs into Australia. The investigation did not substantiate the allegations and as such, no corruption findings were made by the Integrity Commissioner.
12 Jul 2022
It was found that a Home Affairs employee misused their Commonwealth credit card by making 59 personal purchases totalling $1,578. The staff member pleaded guilty and was sentenced by the court. Given the circumstances, no corruption finding was made.
28 Jun 2022
A corruption finding was made that a locally engaged employee at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa engaged in corrupt conduct by improperly granting Australian visa applications in exchange for money.