In September 1988, Ivan Milat, in the midst of his divorce from Karen, left his work for the Department of Main Roads. He learned by one of his bosses that parts of his wages were going to pay for Karen’s maintenance. He quickly found a new job working for Sweeping Service under an alias, “Bill”, to stop Karen claiming any of his income. He lasted two months before quitting. He quickly found another job at the Boral plasterboard factory, working under the name Bill Milat. He worked there while the divorce was going through. His divorce was official in October 1989. He went back to his real name and left his job at the Boral company to return to the Department of Main Roads which was now named Roads and Traffic Authority.
His former boss at Boral still has fond memories of his short-term employee : “If we had a factory full of Bill Milat we could double production. He was the best worker we ever had.”