Operation Ross

On 10 November 2016, IBAC tabled a report before Parliament on its findings and recommendations following its investigation (Operation Ross) into incidents involving alleged excessive use of force by Victoria Police officers against several people at the Ballarat police station.  

Note: Operation Ross information and documents are unavailable while the matter is before the courts.

Public examinations

Held from 23 to 27 May 2016, the public examinations focused on:

  • alleged excessive use of force by officers at Ballarat Police Station
  • the Victoria Police management of, and response to, alleged excessive use of force by police officers, including in Ballarat.

The examinations were conducted by IBAC Commissioner Mr Stephen O’Bryan QC at the Ballarat court complex.  Counsel Assisting was Jack Rush RFD QC and Gary Hevey RFD of the Victorian Bar.


Media guidelines: Operation Ross examinations

Media release: IBAC examinations into alleged serious police misconduct to resume

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

  • Interviews will not be available. 
  • Media are requested to register their attendance at the examinations via above contacts.
  • For updates, follow Twitter @ibacVic or #IBACRoss

IBAC’s role

IBAC has a broad role in relation to assessing police personnel conduct, and investigating and preventing misconduct by police personnel.

IBAC maintains a standing ‘own motion’ power to monitor or review critical incidents involving death or serious injury, or the risk of death or serious injury, as a result of contact with Victoria Police. View the video below for more information.