Operation Betka was an IBAC investigation into allegations a contracted Senior Project Manager in the Information Technology Division of the Department of Education and Training was involved in serious corrupt conduct.
IBAC investigated allegations that the Project Manager used his position with the Department to provide business opportunities to a company he owned (Company A). This company provided almost $14 million in contracted stafﬁng resources to the Department between 2003 and 2016.
IBAC's investigation identiﬁed that the Project Manager used his departmental position to further his private business interests in ways that gave rise to a conﬂict of interest with his public duties. This involved misusing departmental information, inﬂuencing processes for procuring contracted stafﬁng services, and circumventing those processes to obtain an unfair advantage over other IT contractor suppliers.
IBAC identiﬁed that the Project Manager had verbally and informally declared his conﬂict of interest to some departmental managers, including his line managers. However, there were occasions when he should have, but did not, formally declare his conﬂict to departmental ofﬁcers who were unaware of his connection to Company A.