22 March 2011

Commission hears university staff member falsified test scores for Australia Visa applications

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A Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) hearing in Western Australia has been told that a university staff member received thousands of dollars in exchange for falsifying English language test scores for Australia visa applications.

The international English language testing system is used to substantiate English competency for Australia visa applications, and Curtin University in Perth is one of dozens of institutions that administers the test around Australia.

A CCC senior counsel Peter Quinlan told the hearing that the Commission has strong evidence to suggest a Curtin staff member has falsified dozens of test scores in return for thousands of dollars. 

The hearing was shown evidence of one Indian national who allegedly paid $11,000 for his score to be improved.

An Australia Immigration department officer testified at the hearing that the test is a cornerstone of the visa application process and the deliberate falsification of scores could undermine the integrity of the system.

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