Investigations, case studies, research, reports and other resources from interstate integrity agencies can offer valuable information to assist South Australian public officers to prevent or minimise corruption, misconduct and maladministration in public administration.

New South Wales – Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has found that former NSW MLC Ernest Wong engaged in serious corrupt conduct by misusing the privileges entitled to him as a member of the Legislative Council.

The Commission found that Mr Wong misused his privileges by participating in a scheme to circumvent electoral funding laws that required the true source of a “reportable political donation” be disclosed to the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC).

The NSW ICAC is investigating an allegation that between 2009 and June 2019, Roads and Maritime Services employees dishonestly exercised their official functions by granting more than $41 million in contracts to companies with whom they were associated.

Victoria – Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)

In 2018 Victoria Police advised IBAC that more than 250,000 preliminary breath tests (PBTs) appeared to have been falsified by some police officers, allegedly to meet testing quotas.

With the agreement of IBAC, Victoria Police established Taskforce Deliver to conduct an investigation into the falsification of PBTs and to prepare a report. Taskforce Deliver concluded that the practice of falsification of PBTs by officers was widespread and made 23 recommendations to Victoria Police to address the identified issues. IBAC has supervised the implementation of those recommendations.

Queensland – Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC)

The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission regularly disseminate resources highlighting specific corruption prevention lessons learnt through investigations into the Queensland public sector.

Australian Capital Territory - Audit Office

A recent Performance Audit Report by the ACT Auditor-General (titled ‘Campbell Primary School Modernisation Project Procurement’) has been published. The Auditor-General concluded that the procurement process for the Campbell Primary School Modernisation Project lacked probity and that the ACT Education Directorate did not deal with the tenderers fairly, impartially and consistently.

The problems uncovered by the Auditor-General raise the question whether other procurement processes have been affected in similar ways.