ICAC Investigation into the NSW Mine Subsidence Board (Operation Tunic)

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC and Luke Chapman of counsel acted for the NSW Mine Subsidence Board.

The inquiry investigated whether a former Acting CEO/ District Manager engaged in serious corrupt conduct that resulted in him receiving corrupt payments from MSB contractors. ICAC also investigated whether MSB end-to-end claims management process lacked satisfactory controls to prevent corruption.

Numerous corruption findings were made as were corruption prevention recommendations for the MSB to strengthen its organisational capability to fulfil its obligations, and build controls into the claims and tendering processes to restrict a single user having end-to-end control and exceeding expenditure delegations.

The public inquiry was conducted between 20 March and 29 May 2015, following which parties made extensive written submissions. The final report was delivered on 23 March 2016: