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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.
9 Jun 2022
Corruption findings were made against 4 Home Affairs employees who had engaged in corrupt conduct by making and approving fraudulent Tourist Refund Scheme claims totalling $139,480.56 and benefitted from the refunds. The employees were prosecuted.
9 Jun 2022
An own-initiative investigation following Operation Fortescue involving an in depth examination of the Tourist Refund Scheme to identify whether ABF officers had engaged in corrupt conduct. The investigation did not identify systemic corruption.