State Rail Authority, Northern Region – dealings with earthmoving and plant hire contractors

The ICAC conducted an investigation into (1) the operation and management of Trackfast between April 1989 and December 1991 and (2) the methods of allocating work to and making payments to contractors in the Northern Region of the State Rail Authority (SRA) between June 1989 and December 1991 and produced two reports, each dealing with one segment of the investigation.

The ICAC's second report, made public in March 1993, was principally concerned with dealings between the SRA and certain contractors, relating to the hire of plant and equipment for use on geotechnical sites in the Northern Region of NSW. The ICAC's investigation established that certain contractors and SRA officers had colluded in the presentation of invoices to the SRA supported by dockets falsely recording the equipment hired or the work carried out on site. 

In this report the ICAC made findings of corrupt conduct against 10 persons, three of whom were or had been SRA employees, and two private companies, and stated its opinion that consideration should be given to the prosecution of 10 persons for specified offences and the taking of disciplinary action against one person. The report also details action taken by the SRA to remedy the deficiencies revealed in the course of the ICAC's investigation.

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