Investigation King considered allegations that a Statutory Officer failed to manage a conflict of interest appropriately during a procurement process. The complainant also alleged that the officer had acted with favouritism when awarding contracts.
Our investigation found that the subject officer had failed to appropriately manage a conflict of interest when awarding a contract.
However, we found that the subject officer did not purposefully set out to benefit the specific contractor and that the officer made their decision based on merit.
Sector: Tasmania State Service
Respondent level: Designated Public Officer – Statutory Officer
Misconduct risk(s): Misuse of power and authority for personal gain
Outcome: Referred to the Principal Officer for action, subject to monitoring – no report published