Department of Education and Training - attempt to obtain entry to a selective public high school through payment of money (Operation Bellin)

The ICAC investigated allegations that Xiaodong Lu and Qinghua Pei paid money to a Westmead Public School teacher to help ensure entry into a selective public high school for their son.

The ICAC's report on this investigation, made public on 12 February 2009, made corrupt conduct findings against Ms Lu and Mr Pei. The ICAC found that in making the payments, they were improperly seeking to directly influence the school’s internal assessment marks to be awarded to their son to improve his prospects of admission to a selective high school.

The ICAC stated its opinion that consideration should be given to obtaining the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to the prosecution of Ms Lu and Mr Pei for offences of offering a corrupt benefit contrary to section 249B(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

Investigation reports Investigation reports
Report on an attempt to obtain entry to a selective public high school through payment of money (Operation Bellin) (12 Feb 2009) View full report
Findings of corrupt conduct Findings of corrupt conduct
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Recommendations for prosecutions Recommendations for prosecutions
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Recommendations for disciplinary action Recommendations for disciplinary action
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Recommendations for corruption prevention Recommendations for corruption prevention
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Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets Public Notices, Media Releases and Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet: Attempt to obtain entry to a selective public high school through payment of money View fact sheet
ICAC finds corrupt conduct against parents for payment of money to gain selective high school entry View media release