Operation Zeus considered an allegation an unidentified Australian Border Force (ABF) Officer was assisting a criminal syndicate by facilitating the importation of undeclared tobacco into Australia. The allegation arose from information identified during an ongoing criminal investigation by the AFP. Operation Zeus was a joint investigation by ACLEI, the AFP and Department of Home Affairs and is an example of the benefits of a strong joint investigation which enabled ACLEI to focus on the corruption element of the allegations while the AFP investigated the broader activities of the syndicate. The investigation identified the ABF Officer and uncovered evidence that the ABF Officer received a bribe and aided and abetted in the importation of tobacco products. The Integrity Commissioner made one finding of corrupt conduct against the ABF Officer, finding the ABF Officer abused his office by conducting unauthorised searches of ABF systems in order to provide information to a criminal syndicate to facilitate the importation of illicit tobacco products.
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.