Operation Lansdowne

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.

Public examinations

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



Witnesses

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

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