Qld audit suggests “favouritism” in DJAG boot camp contracts


A damning report has found former Queenland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie ignored procurement processes and failed to document decisions. Public servants were instructed not to cooperate with the audit, but escaped most of the blame.

The Queensland Audit Office has found significant irregularities surrounding the awarding of contracts for the government’s youth boot camp program, but cleared officials at Department of Justice and Attorney General of most of the blame.

Instead auditor-general Andrew Greaves found former attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie ignored evaluation panel recommendations in awarding contracts to applicants deemed unsuitable, resulting in higher costs.

The report argues that the poor processes and lack of transparency surrounding the contracts “weakened” accountability and “ultimately leaves the process of awarding the two contracts open to accusations of favouritism, which in the absence of a clear documentation trail, cannot be readily rebutted”.

In one case, the tenth-ranked applicant won the contract.

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