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ICAC review into institute

- RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS

THE Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is under review by the Independen­t Commission­er Against Corruption (ICAC) to identify whether improper conduct has or is at risk of occurring.

A statement from the Batchelor Institute said the review began this week and would lead to better systems and processes in the future.

“Batchelor Institute chair of Council, Patricia Anderson AO, and Batchelor Institute chief executive officer, Mick Gooda, have pledged full cooperatio­n with ICAC throughout the review which will aim to identify whether improper conduct has occurred, is occurring, or is at risk of occurring,” the statement read.

“(The review) will also focus on financial management and existing governance systems, including policies and procedures.

“The Independen­t Commission­er Against Corruption, Michael Riches, advised that this is a review and is not an investigat­ion, and that the purpose of the review is to assess practices, policies, and procedures, not to investigat­e individual conduct.

“If there is evidence of improper conduct, that will be dealt with separately in accordance with the ICAC Act.”

An ICAC spokeswoma­n said the review was under Section 23 of the ICAC Act.

“At the conclusion of the review a report must be provided to the board, and a general report may be made at the Commission­er’s discretion. If allegation­s of improper conduct are identified they will be dealt with in accordance with the ICAC Act,” she said.

Section 23 of the ICAC Act says at any time it may audit or review the practices, policies or procedures of a public body or public officer.

In September, the Batchelor Institute appointed Mr Gooda as chief executive, following the resignatio­n of former leader Professor Steve Larkin. This week the Batchelor Institute revealed it reduced its operations deficit to $214,000 compared to $2.7m in 2019.

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Mick Gooda.

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