About us

As Victoria’s anti-corruption agency, IBAC:

Our vision

A Victorian public sector that actively resists corruption.

Our purpose

To prevent and expose public sector corruption and police misconduct.

Our strategic goals

In fulfilling our legislated functions, IBAC’s strategic goals over the next three years are as follows:

  1. Investigating and exposing corrupt conduct and police misconduct
  2. Preventing and informing
  3. Building our organisation
  4. Ensuring accountability and independence.

IBAC values

Fairness: We are objective, consistent and impartial in everything we do, demonstrating the highest standards of integrity and independence.

Professionalism: We are responsive and accountable for our actions. We strive for excellence and take pride in our work.

Courage: We are committed and tenacious in realising our purpose.

Respect: We work in spirit of cooperation and understanding, drawing on the skills and expertise of others. We are open and responsive, valuing the view of others.

Trust: We promote and sustain public confidence through the quality of our work. We implicitly trust the competence of the people we work with.

What we do

Supporting you to report corruption

Anyone can complain to us about public sector corruption and police misconductFind out how. 

You will be protected for speaking up against wrongdoing.

Regardless of the outcome of a complaint, the information we receive helps identify broader trends and patterns that can help prevent corruption.

Investigating and exposing corruption

We have powers to effectively investigate public sector corruption and police misconduct. IBAC prioritises investigations into allegations of serious or systemic corruption and misconduct and may hold public examinations

As a result of our investigations, we may: 

  • bring criminal proceedings or refer matters to the Office of Public Prosecutions
  • make recommendations aimed at preventing further potential corruption
  • publish reports and prevention resources.

Preventing corruption

Together with our key partners across the state’s integrity system, IBAC designs, delivers and evaluates a comprehensive range of prevention initiatives to:

  • empower individuals to identify and report corruption
  • support organisations to build effective corruption and misconduct controls
  • strengthen societal norms to create a strong and lasting anti-corruption culture.

Our people

IBAC Commissioner

Stephen O'Bryan

IBAC’s Commissioner is an independent officer of Parliament and is responsible for our strategic leadership.

Stephen O’Bryan QC was appointed as the first Commissioner on 1 January 2013. He brings 30 years of legal experience to IBAC.

He joined the Victorian Bar in 1983 and became Senior Counsel in 2003. His career at the Bar included membership of both the Victorian Bar pro bono and the duty barrister schemes. Before that he was associate to former High Court Justices Sir Keith Aickin KBE followed by Sir Daryl Dawson KBE CB.

Mr O’Bryan has extensive past experience in the fields of administrative, commercial and regulatory law. He appeared in Royal Commissions, boards of inquiry and coronial inquests as well as various investigations and proceedings commenced by the ACCC and ASIC.

His experience as a lawyer includes matters involving the Victorian and Federal Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions and many Victorian government agencies, including local government. Mr O’Bryan’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Laws from Melbourne University.

Chief Executive Officer

IBAC CEO Alistair Maclean

Our Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the general conduct and the effective, efficient and economical management of the functions and activities of IBAC.

Alistair Maclean joined IBAC in April 2013. He came to IBAC from PanAust Ltd, where he helped build the company into a significant ASX100 gold and copper producer.

He was previously an Australian diplomat, serving as Ambassador to Laos from 2004 to 2007, with prior postings to Washington DC and Bangkok. In between he fulfilled various roles in Canberra, including as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister.

Mr Maclean holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Law degree from the Australian National University.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Organisational chart

We employ a variety of people with professional and specialised skills. Our people work in a diverse and collaborative environment. 

Organisational chart as at 1 July 2016

Our accountability

We are independent and accountable to the people of Victoria.

We are subject to scrutiny by various federal and state bodies, including:

Our accountability

Reports about our activities are publicly available

Our annual reports outline our performance against our key priorities and actions. We also publish public reports on:

  • outcomes of investigations
  • system reviews
  • corruption prevention initiatives.

Download our public reports.

Legislation we work under

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 outlines our functions, powers and how we work with other public sector integrity organisations.

The Protected Disclosure Act 2012 describes our central role in deciding which complaints are treated as protected disclosures.

View the complete list of Acts and regulatory compliance we work under.

List of Acts and regulatory compliance that ensure our accountability

The Commissioner has been provided with powers and functions to undertake the roles given to IBAC by Parliament. These powers and functions are contained in the following legislation.

Responsible Minister
Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011
Establishes IBAC functions and powers 
Responsible Minister
Police Regulation Act 1958
Police and Emergency Services
Facilitates the making of complaints to the Commissioner 
Responsible Minister
Confiscation Act 1997
Allows IBAC to obtain certain financial information 
Responsible Minister
Crimes (Assumed Identities) Act 2004
Allows IBAC to obtain and use assumed identities
Responsible Minister
Crimes (Controlled Operations) Act 2004
Enables IBAC to conduct controlled operations 
Responsible Minister
Protected Disclosure Act 2012
Allows IBAC to receive and investigate protected disclosure complaints 
Responsible Minister
Surveillance Devices Act 1999
Allows IBAC to use surveillance devices under warrant 

Responsible Minister

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
Attorney-General (Cth)
Allows IBAC to intercept telecommunications and stored communications
under warrant 

Responsible Minister
Telecommunications (Interception) (State Provisions) Act 1988
Enables IBAC to intercept telecommunications in accordance with the
Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 of the Commonwealth. 

We are independent

IBAC is independent of the government of the day, while accountable to Victorians through the State Parliament. IBAC will always take its obligations, especially in the exercise of its significant powers, seriously.

We are subject to scrutiny by the Victorian Inspectorate and our Parliamentary Committee. Learn more about our accountability.

We are part of the Victorian integrity system

We are one of three core, independent agencies in the Victorian integrity system The system aims to protect the integrity of the Victorian public sector and Victoria Police. Other agencies include the Victorian Ombudsman and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.