Roads and Maritime Services Employees in deep water over dodgy contracts
Relevant impacts: Financial impact, reputational impact and government outcomes impact
Over a 10 year period, 2 employees of the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (NRMS) allegedly awarded over $41 million worth of contracts to companies that they were associated with. The employees were also accused of exchanging contracts for luxury cars, cash, jewellery, school fees and international flights.
According to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption enquiry, many of the NRMS contracts did not meet the threshold for an open tender process. This meant only 3 contractors had 3 companies controlled by the same person could pretend to bid against themselves.