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.

 

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.

Operation Credo - Amended Scope and Purpose - 1 April 2014

The ICAC is investigating allegations that Joseph Camilleri, former RailCorp general manager, maintenance contracts, and his sister, Carmen Attard, an employee at the Department of Family & Community Services, used their positions as public officials to corruptly solicit funds from other people including public officials and government contractors.

2013

The ICAC is investigating allegations that the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Commissioner, Murray Kear, took detrimental action against Deputy Commissioner Tara McCarthy, including dismissal from her position on 14 May 2013, in reprisal for Ms McCarthy making allegations to Mr Kear that SES Deputy Commissioner Steven Pearce had engaged in corrupt conduct.

The ICAC is also examining allegations that Mr Kear improperly showed favour to Mr Pearce by failing to appropriately investigate allegations made by Ms McCarthy that Mr Pearce had engaged in corruption. It is also alleged that in relation to the above allegations, Mr Kear made false statements or attempted to mislead an officer of the ICAC in their exercise of their functions under the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.

The ICAC is investigating allegations that, between 2000 and 2011, then Member of Parliament (MP), the Hon Edward Obeid MLC, misused his position as an MP to attempt to influence other public officials to exercise their official functions with respect to retail leases at Circular Quay, without disclosing that he, his family or a related entity had an interest in some of those leases. It is also alleged that during the same period, certain public officials improperly exercised their official functions, with respect to retail leases at Circular Quay, to benefit Mr Obeid or his family (Operation Cyrus).

The Commission is also investigating allegations that, between 2005 and 2008, Mr Obeid misused his position as an MP to attempt to influence other public officials to make decisions favouring Direct Health Solutions Pty Ltd, without disclosing that he, his family or a related entity had an interest in that company (Operation Meeka).

The Commission is also investigating allegations that, between 2007 and 2008, Mr Obeid misused his position as an MP to influence other public officials to exercise their official functions with respect to the review and grant of water licences at Cherrydale Park, without disclosing that he, his family or a related entity had an interest in the licences. It is also alleged that during the same period, certain public officials improperly exercised their official functions with respect to the review and grant of the water licences at Cherrydale Park (Operation Cabot).

The ICAC is investigating a number of allegations involving the current Mayor of the City of Ryde, Councillor Ivan Petch, and others, including the alleged release of confidential council information by Cr Petch on many occasions for various reasons, including in an attempt to undermine council employees, such as the former General Manager, Mr John Neish.

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