Operation Lansdowne

Public examinations into allegations of serious corruption involving the Victorian vocational education and training, and transport sectors will be held by IBAC in Melbourne, starting on 27 June.

The examinations are part of IBAC’s Operation Lansdowne, which is investigating allegations of serious corrupt conduct at South West Institute of TAFE, Bendigo Kangan Institute and V/Line.

Public examinations

The examinations will focus on the:

  • circumstances surrounding the awarding of certain qualifications, including whether current or former officers of South West Institute of TAFE or Bendigo Kangan Institute misused their position to award or interfere in the awarding of qualifications
  • circumstances surrounding the negotiation, execution, implementation and management of third party training agreement
  • circumstances surrounding the recruitment of certain officers and engagement of certain contractors at V/Line
  • sufficiency of V/Line’s systems and processes to ensure appropriate accountability for the expenditure of public money.

They will be conducted by the IBAC Commissioner Mr Stephen O’Bryan QC. Counsel assisting will be Mr Ian Hill QC with Ms Carmen Currie of the Victorian Bar.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is encouraged to report it at www.ibac.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 735 135.

For updates on the hearing, follow us @ibacVic or #IBACLansdowne

Attendance

The examinations will start on 27 June at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, commencing at 10am each sitting day. They will be open to the public.

Witnesses

Day 1, 27 June 2017

  • Rebecca Taylor

Media

Media guidelines: Operation Lansdowne public examinations

Media release: IBAC hearings to be held into Victoria’s vocational education and training, and transport sectors

Media contact: 0427 480 840 or media@ibac.vic.gov.au