Australia Post has appointed the former chief commissioner of Victoria Police, Ken Lay, to conduct an internal review of its delivery contracting.
The review follows the arrest of Australian Post delivery contractor who is allegedly linked to a criminal syndicate.
Ahmed Fahour, the CEO of Australia Post, said the appointment shows a clear commitment by Australia Post to learn from this case and further strengthen its compliance oversight of third party delivery contractors.
“While we already have a strong process in place to ensure our delivery contractors are doing the right thing, we can always improve our governance in this area and ensure any alleged inappropriate or illegal behaviour is quickly detected and dealt with swiftly,” Fahour said.
“Make no mistake, any allegation of inappropriate or illegal behaviour by contractors is entirely unacceptable to this organisation. We work with many principal contractors on a daily basis and we want within all reasonable means to make sure they adhere to relevant workplace laws.”
Lay will begin investigations immediately and be asked to report to Australian Post’s CEO, Ahmed Fahour, by end of October.
The review follows the arrests of 3 men, Baljit ‘Bobby’ Singh, Rakesh Kumar and Mukesh Sharma, in Melbourne yesterday.
The ABC reports the men were charged with a series of offences relating to an alleged immigration racket involving Australia Post delivery drivers.
$8.5 million worth of assets, including a 2014 Ferrari, a 2015 Range Rover, six properties and $180,000 in cash were seized by police.
They now face multiple charges of fraud.
More to come.
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