Tourism Australia calls in anti-corruption officials over travel expenses scandal


Tourism Australia calls in anti-corruption officials over travel expenses scandal

Wednesday, 05 Jun, 2024 0

Tourism Australia, rocked by a travel expenses scandal, confirmed it has called in the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate.

It was revealed $137,000 of taxpayer money was spent by three Tourism Australia employees on personal holiday travel.

A senior Tourism Australia employee and two colleagues based in China were fired last year.

After it was disclosed in the media a few weeks ago, the tourism agency has now called in the NACC.

Managing director Phillipa Harrison said an investigation is still ongoing and has been advised by the NACC not to comment.

“Their advice was very, very clear to us that they did not want me to disclose any other information because to do so may compromise current or potential investigations,” she told a Senate hearing.

Tourism Australia has refused to identify the three fired employees. 

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