NW health boss facing suspension

The man running North-West Tasmania's public health services is likely to be suspended, following the release of a damning Integrity Commission report.

Health Minister Micheal Ferguson said the governing council of the North-West Tasmanian Health Organisation had recommended Gavin Austin be suspended, pending an inquiry into State Service Code of Conduct breaches.

He has until today to show cause as to why he should not be suspended.

An Integrity Commission investigation, tabled in Parliament this morning, found Mr Austin was instrumental in hiring his wife for a series of positions within the organisation.

Mr Austin also awarded work to his son via a labour hire group without following proper procedures.

During the investigation Mr Austin admitted that this was an obvious conflict of interest situation and that his son had been afforded preferential treatment not afforded to others.

"He told the Commission ‘I’d do it again, he’s my son’."

Former CEO of THO-South Jane Holden, who originally recruited Mr Austin, is the other subject of the Integrity Commission report.

She was stood down as CEO on Friday, but taxpayers continue to pay her six-figure salary.

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