Department of Corrective Services and NSW Police Service - the use of informers

The ICAC investigated the conduct of public officials, including prison officers and police, in relation to the use of informers, prisoners and indemnified persons to assist in the investigation and prosecution process; whether any such persons had been encouraged or discouraged to act in a particular way by any public official; and the operations of the Internal Investigation Unit and the Special Operations Division of the Department of Corrective Services in relation to these matters.

The ICAC produced two reports on this investigation, both of which were made public in January 1993.

The ICAC's first report dealt with the issues rather than individuals and contained recommendations for change to systems.

This report is no longer available online. Request the first report.

The second report dealt with eight of the nine prosecutions investigated in the course of this investigation. In this report the ICAC made a finding of corrupt conduct against a senior DCS officer and stated its opinion that consideration be given to the taking of disciplinary action against him. The officer sought review by the Supreme Court of the ICAC's findings. The Supreme Court made declaration that the ICAC's finding that the officer had engaged in corrupt conduct was made without or in excess of jurisdiction and was a nullity. In its report the ICAC also stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of another DCS officer for specified offences. 

This report is no longer available online. Request the second report.