PwC warned for using confidential information to suggest more work for Australian agriculture department

PricewaterhouseCoopers was warned for using confidential information gleaned from meetings with senior executives at the agriculture department to make unsolicited proposals for more work.

The incident was revealed in the auditor general’s report into the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, which found that PwC suggested work based on information disclosed at the meetings, which it had access to as a strategic partner of the department.

PwC was also a delivery partner to the department, meaning it would work on specific projects.

In November 2021, the department’s…

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