Current investigations

 

The ICAC only discloses current investigations activity where this is in the public interest. For example, the ICAC may determine that it is in the public interest to hold a public inquiry as part of an investigation.

All public inquiries are advertised, with a public hearing notice published on this site and, when deemed appropriate, in relevant newspapers.

Transcripts of each day’s public inquiry proceeding are published on this website, generally within 24 hours, unless suppression orders are in place.

For transcripts relating to a particular investigation, click on the relevant investigation title and follow the links.

 

List of current investigations which have been made public

Any current ICAC investigations which have been made public, generally through the holding of a public inquiry, are listed below.

 

2016

The ICAC is investigating allegations concerning the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (GLALC) (Operation Greer), including that, between February 2007 and March 2014, GLALC board members partially exercised their official functions by agreeing to employment arrangements with GLALC CEO Mark Johnson under which his company, Waawidji Pty Ltd, derived benefits from the GLALC.

It is also alleged that Mr Johnson improperly exercised his public official functions, by: between March 2011 and April 2013, authorising the transfer of GLALC funds to Gandangara Future Fund Ltd; between 2009 and 2013, authorising the payment of GLALC funds for the benefit of Deerubbin, Walgett and La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and partly for the benefit of Waawidji Pty Ltd; and between 2010 and 2014, claiming the provision of benefits from GLALC for himself or Waawidji Pty Ltd, including money, to which he knew he was not lawfully entitled.
 

The ICAC is investigating allegations that former Casino Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council (CBLALC) chief executive officer, Linda Stewart, and former CBLALC administrative assistant, Veronica Skinner, defrauded the CBLALC between 1 June 2010 and 12 October 2011 by issuing fraudulent invoices and certifying documentation to enable them to cash cheques drawn on the CBLALC bank account for their own benefit.

It is also alleged that, between 13 October 2011 and 5 September 2012, Ms Stewart defrauded the CBLALC by issuing fraudulent invoices and certifying documentation to enable her to cash cheques drawn on the CBLALC bank account for her own benefit. The alleged fraud totalled close to $80,000.

The ICAC is investigating allegations that former City of Botany Bay Council chief financial officer Gary Goodman, and other Council employees, dishonestly exercised official functions to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others by causing fraudulent payments of more than $4.2 million to be made by the Council through false invoicing to either themselves, or various entities. The ICAC is also investigating allegations that Mr Goodman solicited and received payments as an inducement or reward for showing favourable treatment to contractors. It is also alleged that Mr Goodman and other Council employees dishonestly exercised official functions to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others by using Council resources.

The public inquiry being held as part of this investigation is currently adjourned. It is expected to recommence on Friday 3 June 2016 for approximately one week.
 

2015

The ICAC is investigating allegations concerning Jason Meeth, a public official employed as the Head of Projects, ICT, at the University of Sydney. It is alleged that, between February 2012 and July 2013, Mr Meeth corruptly exercised his official functions for the benefit of IT consulting service Canberra Solutions Pty Ltd. Mr Meeth also allegedly acted partially and dishonestly by engaging certain ICT contractors through Canberra Solutions, although this company was not a NSW Government-accredited C100 company as required under the university’s directions for the recruitment of ICT contractors.

The ICAC is investigating corruption allegations concerning the abuse of procurement processes by Department of Justice Asset Management Branch deputy director capital works, Anthony Andjic, in the awarding of contracts to refurbish NSW courthouses in 2013 (Operation Yancey).

2014

In Operation Credo, the ICAC is investigating allegations that persons with an interest in Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd (AWH) obtained a financial benefit through adversely affecting the official functions of Sydney Water Corporation (SWC) by: including expenses incurred in other business pursuits in claims made on SWC for work on the North West Growth Centre; drawing from funds allocated for other purposes; and preventing SWC from ascertaining the true financial position, including the level of the executives’ remuneration.

The Commission is also investigating whether public officials and others were involved in the falsification of a cabinet minute relating to a public private partnership proposal made by AWH intended to mislead the NSW Government Budget Cabinet Committee and obtain a benefit for AWH, and other related matters.

In Operation Spicer, the ICAC is investigating allegations that certain members of parliament and others corruptly solicited, received and concealed payments from various sources in return for certain members of parliament and others favouring the interests of those responsible for the payments. It is also alleged that certain members of parliament and others solicited and failed to disclose political donations from companies, including prohibited donors, contrary to the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981.

In both of these matters, the Commission is also investigating the circumstances in which false allegations of corruption were made against senior SWC executives.

As there are common elements to both operations Credo and Spicer, the evidence taken in each operation will be taken as evidence in both operations.

Operations Credo and Spicer directions - December 2015 

Operation Credo - Amended Scope and Purpose - 1 April 2014

Operation Spicer - Amended Scope and Purpose - 27 August 2014

Operation Spicer - Amended Scope and Purpose - 12 September 2014