Governance ‘gap’ let contractors sell help on $30m contract bids

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

The now-defunct federal Entrepreneurs Programme run by the Industry department allowed its own contractors to assist tenderers bidding for $30 million plus delivery jobs in exchange for fees, giving rise to a serious corruption allegation.

During a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday, Industry department officials acknowledged for the first time there was a serious governance “gap” in the now scrapped Entrepreneurs Programme (EP), and revealed it is facing a compensation claim in the tens of millions of dollars from one of the unsuccessful tenderers.

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