IBAC's investigation did not substantiate any allegation of corrupt conduct by councillors. Likewise, the investigation did not establish any instances of favouritism being afforded to specific developers by public officers.
However, IBAC's investigation did establish that a senior employee of the Council failed to adequately manage a conflict of interest when they engaged a consultant for several years. The consultant was a friend of the senior employee. The senior employee disagreed the relationship with the consultant gave rise to a conflict of interest; however IBAC considered the initial and continuing engagement of this consultant did not comply with the Council's policies and guidelines around procurement, recruitment, and the staff code of conduct.
Additionally, it appears this non-compliance was not identified in any audits or reviews of the Council's procurement during the period the consultant was engaged.