The investigation highlights that government officials—particularly senior officials—sometimes find themselves in a position where they can exert influence (whether explicitly or impliedly) to be exempted from the rules or norms that apply to other citizens. Such practices—which can draw on a more-detailed knowledge of laws or their application—might sometimes also have a private benefit, and rightly raise the prospect of an abuse of power. Accordingly, care needs to be taken in the conduct of professional interactions and with the exercise of discretions to avoid inferences of misconduct or corruption.
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.