Department of Fair Trading - applications for building and trade licences (Operation Squirrel)

The ICAC investigated the authenticity of qualifications and related documents submitted as part of certain applications to the Department of Fair Trading (DFT) for building and trade licences.

In its report on this investigation, made public on 6 November 2003, the ICAC made corrupt conduct findings against an individual who fraudulently submitted applications to DFT for building and trade licences on behalf of a number of applicants. The Commission stated its opinion that consideration be given to the prosecution of the individual for specified offences and that the Attorney-General consider removing them from the position of justice of the peace. In its report the ICAC also made five corruption prevention recommendations to the Department of Fair Trading to address identified risks in licence application processes.

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