Operation Wyong and Operation Denmark
IBAC investigated two matters in relation to the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) involving allegations of bribery or attempted bribery to obtain allocation of preferred grave sites.
In 2013, IBAC received a notification alleging that a member of the public had offered a bribe to an employee of the GMCT to secure scarce multiple grave sites for their family at a suburban Melbourne cemetery. IBAC undertook an investigation, Operation Wyong, to determine whether there was any evidence supporting the allegations.
In late 2015, IBAC received a notification alleging that another member of the public had offered bribes to GMCT employees in return for allocating a grave site at a particular cemetery. It was alleged that, after several GMCT employees refused the bribes, another staff member facilitated the transaction and accepted money from the member of the public. IBAC commenced Operation Denmark to investigate the allegations.