Public examinations into allegations of serious corruption involving the Victorian vocational education and training, and transport sectors were held by IBAC in Melbourne, from 27 June - 21 July 2017.
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.
The examinations focused 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 were conducted by the IBAC Commissioner Mr Stephen O’Bryan QC. Counsel assisting was 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.
Update: IBAC's Operation Lansdowne public examinations conclude