Statement in response to the Australian National Audit Report: Purchase of the ‘Leppington Triangle’ land for the future development of Western Sydney Airport

The following statement can be attributed to a spokesperson from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

The Department is working openly and completely with the Australian Federal Police and will not be making further comment while the investigation is ongoing.

The Department acknowledges the findings of the ANAO and has agreed to all recommendations contained in the report.

The key findings of the audit relate to the administrative activities of officials of the Department two years ago.

The Department has launched an investigation of staff conduct in the matter and will follow the due process of a formal investigation with an independent investigator. 

The Department is committed to implementing the changes outlined in our response to the audit to ensure this does not happen again. The Department's response to the Auditor General's findings can be found at Appendix 1 of the tabled report—www.anao.gov.au/work/performance-audit/purchase-the-leppington-triangle-land-the-future-development-western-sydney-airport#29-0-appendices