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Transport investigation finds outsourcing can lead to illegal behaviour

A Western Australian Crime and Corruption investigation into the Department of Transport in late November highlighted that outsourcing of services can lead to illegal behaviour.
 
The public hearing focussed on how people contracted to the department allegedly took cash in return to pass people in driving tests they didn’t do and that vehicles were certified despite them not being inspected or even seen.
 
Counsel assisting Alan Troy said when government functions were outsourced, unscrupulous private contractors could take advantage.
 
He said government departments must be aware of the possibility of corrupt behaviour occurring and more resources needed to be established for auditing and governance functions.
 
The investigation highlighted concerns the CPSU/CSA has had for some time, including that more unsafe vehicles would be on the road because they were not inspected.
 
CPSU/CSA branch secretary Toni Walkington said the union had warned this would happen on numerous occasions.
 
“It is scandalous that authorised contractors are still taking money for vehicle inspections that are not taking place – we highlighted our concerns two years ago and from we have heard from the CCC those concerns are still valid today,” Ms Walkington said.
 
She said it was another example why services would remain in government hands.

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