Operation Lansdowne

Public examinations into allegations of serious corruption involving the Victorian vocational education and training, and transport sectors are being 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 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 are being conducted by the IBAC Commissioner Mr Stephen O’Bryan QC. Counsel assisting is 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


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

Update: IBAC Operation Lansdowne public examinations to resume on 17 July


Day 1, 27 June 2017

  • Rebecca Taylor

Day 2, 28 June 2017

  • Mark Fidge
  • Shannyn Carter
  • Jason Sealey

Day 3, 29 June 2017

  • Peter Heilbuth
  • Maurice Molan
  • Jane Ponting

Day 4, 30 June 2017

  • Brett Snelleksz
  • Austell Lanyon
  • Wayne Purtell
  • Anita Green
  • Jennifer Morganella

Day 5, 4 July 2017

  • Melanie Stacey
  • Coralee Hayden-Long
  • Travis Hodgson
Day 6, 5 July 2017
  • Travis Hodgson (continuing)
  • Andree Weavers
  • Peter Elovaris
  • Sharon Dimmock

Day 7, 6 July 2017

  • Margaret Jarvie
  • Malcolm Kellas

Day 8, 7 July 2017

  • Malcolm Kellas (continuing)
  • Heather Taylor

Day 9, 17 July 2017

  • Bruce Whittaker

Day 10, 18 July 2017

  • Elaine Seckold
  • Jenny McDowell
  • Theo Taifalos

Day 11, 19 July 2017

  • Alan Clifford
  • Gary Blythe
  • Stephen Brown

Day 12, 20 July 2017

  • Stephen Brown (continuing)
  • Judith Sturman
  • Rory McManus
  • David Cameron

Day 13, 21 July 2017

  • Rebecca Taylor


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