The government paid 10 times the market price for the land © James D. Morgan via Getty Images
The government paid 10 times the market price for the land © James D. Morgan via Getty Images

What was wrong with procurement behind airport land evaluation?

21 September 2020

Australia’s Federal government paid 10 times the going rate for a piece of land next to Western Sydney Airport in what was noted to be an “unusual” purchase by Australia’s national auditor.

In a report the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) said the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications paid $29.8m for land linked to Western Sydney Airport in 2018 and sharply criticised procurement procedures linked to the purchase.

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