Senior executives in government agencies play a critical role in their organisation’s integrity frameworks—in particular, their actions set a tone for acceptable behaviour. However, without appropriate safeguards, personal dynamics between a senior staff member (on the one hand) and more-junior staff (on the other) can lead to statutory powers being used inappropriately, or privileges (such as allowances) being decided in a self-interested way. It is relatively easy to make accusations of impropriety about senior officers, so it is important that such matters are independently scrutinised and dealt with in an appropriate manner. This investigation arose from concerns raised about the conduct of a senior executive officer in the Australian Crime Commission—now known as the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
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.