University of Sydney and UNSW - fraudulent student applications

The ICAC investigated fraudulent applications for the enrolment of 24 overseas full-fee paying students at the University of Sydney in 2003.

All of these applications involved forged documents showing students had graduated from the Foundation Studies course at the University of NSW (UNSW) when they had not, or that students had attained a higher mark in the Foundation Studies course than they actually achieved.

The ICAC was unable to identify the core offenders, its investigation hindered by a delay by University of Sydney staff in promptly reporting the fraud. It has recommended the University ensure all staff are familiar with procedures to promptly report suspected corrupt conduct.

In its report on this investigation, provided to the NSW Minister for Education and Training under section 14(2) of the ICAC Act on 15 October 2004 and subsequently made public, the ICAC did not make findings of corrupt conduct against any person and did not state an opinion that consideration should be given to the prosecution of, or taking of disciplinary action against, any person.

The report examined the relevant policies and procedures at the University of Sydney and at UNSW, and made 10 corruption prevention recommendations to these two universities to address corruption risks associated with overseas students programs, the use of agents and enrolment procedures, and to improve understanding of and compliance with reporting requirements.

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