What is police misconduct?

Police misconduct includes Victoria Police personnel:

  • failing or refusing to perform their duties
  • behaving disgracefully or improperly (on or off duty)
  • discrediting Victoria Police or its personnel.

What can IBAC take complaints about?

 This may include:

  • unauthorised access, use and disclosure of police information, eg the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • drink driving or traffic offences
  • using, selling or dealing drugs
  • theft
  • accepting bribes
  • not declaring or managing Declarable Associations, or conflicts of interest
  • unauthorised secondary employment
  • misuse of police resources and breaches of information security
  • stalking, family violence, sexual offences, assault
  • circulating offensive material
  • racist behaviour
  • breaches of human rights
  • excessive use of force
  • duty failure
  • misrepresentation on log books, time sheets or registers.

If your complaint doesn't involve the above, you can make a complaint to Victoria Police’s Professional Standards Command.

What can’t IBAC investigate?

  • Minor duty failures or service issues by Victoria Police (eg officers not wearing the appropriate uniform).
  • Outcomes of traffic or court decisions.

IBAC's Oversight of Victoria Police



Anyone can complain to us about police misconduct. 

Find out how.

If your complaint isn't about public sector corruption, find out which other agencies you can contact.