The use of cars by board members of a Border Indigenous group will be referred to the federal regulator.
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation has received preliminary findings of an independent audit into its buying and selling of vehicles over the past four and a half years.
The Wodonga organisation, which was put under special administration in December, has been monitored since 2015 owing to concerns over its financial and administrative management.
Special administrator Alan Eldridge said the vehicle draft report, expected in a couple of weeks, would be sent to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.
“For them to consider whether they should take action or not,” he said.
“We’d always forward a report to the registrar, but there’s anomalies there that I think the registrar might be interested in.”
Mr Eldridge would not specify these irregularities, saying only they related to transactions by board members connected to cars.
“The process has been very open and transparent to (the community) and whatever’s occurred will be made public,” he said.
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation will again advertise nationally for a new chief executive after failing to find a suitable candidate first time around.
Mr Eldridge will continue as special administrator until September 28 after his position was extended last week for a second time.
He said the chief executive vacancy had attracted a lot of interest from people as far away as Darwin and Kalgoorlie.
“But we had specific criteria in mind of what skill that person should have and unfortunately we didn’t quite get the pool of applicants to fill the role at that point, but we’re going back to the market,” he said.
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation chief executive Ian Hamm said the extension of Mr Eldridge’s term was not unexpected, being common practice in such situations.
“Improvements are being made at Mungabareena with ORIC’s support, along with continued support from VACCHO, and the community is being kept well informed of progress,” Mr Hamm said.
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