About us

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is Victoria's agency responsible for preventing and exposing public sector corruption and police misconduct. Our jurisdiction covers state and local government, police, parliament and the judiciary.

As Victoria's anti-corruption agency, IBAC:

Our vision

A Victorian public sector that actively resists corruption.

Our purpose

To prevent and expose public sector corruption and police misconduct.

Our strategic goals

In fulfilling our legislated functions, IBAC’s strategic goals over the next three years are as follows:

  1. Investigating and exposing corrupt conduct and police misconduct
  2. Preventing and informing
  3. Building our organisation
  4. Ensuring accountability and independence.

IBAC values

Fairness: We are objective, consistent and impartial in everything we do, demonstrating the highest standards of integrity and independence.

Professionalism: We are responsive and accountable for our actions. We strive for excellence and take pride in our work.

Courage: We are committed and tenacious in realising our purpose.

Respect: We work in spirit of cooperation and understanding, drawing on the skills and expertise of others. We are open and responsive, valuing the view of others.

Trust: We promote and sustain public confidence through the quality of our work. We implicitly trust the competence of the people we work with.

What we do

Supporting you to report corruption

Anyone can complain to us about public sector corruption and police misconductFind out how. 

You will be protected for speaking up against wrongdoing.

Regardless of the outcome of a complaint, the information we receive helps identify broader trends and patterns that can help prevent corruption.

Investigating and exposing corruption

We have powers to effectively investigate public sector corruption and police misconduct. IBAC prioritises investigations into allegations of serious or systemic corruption and misconduct and may hold public examinations

As a result of our investigations, we may: 

  • bring criminal proceedings or refer matters to the Office of Public Prosecutions
  • make recommendations aimed at preventing further potential corruption
  • publish reports and prevention resources.

Preventing corruption

Together with our key partners across the state’s integrity system, IBAC designs, delivers and evaluates a comprehensive range of prevention initiatives to:

  • empower individuals to identify and report corruption
  • support organisations to build effective corruption and misconduct controls
  • strengthen societal norms to create a strong and lasting anti-corruption culture.

Our people

IBAC Commissioner The Honourable Robert Redlich QC

IBAC Commissioner

IBAC’s Commissioner is an independent officer of Parliament and is responsible for our strategic leadership.

The Honourable Robert Redlich AM, QC commenced a five year term as IBAC Commissioner on 1 January 2018.

Commissioner Redlich was a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria for 15 years, including 11 years as a Victorian Court of Appeal Judge. He was previously a member of the Victorian Bar for some 30 years and served for a period as Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council. His significant achievements in legal practice were recognised with his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1984.

Commissioner Redlich brings extensive experience to IBAC, including the investigation of corrupt practices within the public service and the police. He has successfully prosecuted and defended cases involving corrupt practices.

IBAC CEO Marlo Baragwanath

Chief Executive Officer

Our Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the general conduct and the effective, efficient and economical management of the functions and activities of IBAC.

Marlo Baragwanath joined IBAC in January 2020. Ms Baragwanath was previously the Victorian Government Solicitor with responsibility for leading the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office. She commenced her public sector career at the Victorian Ombudsman and subsequently held senior roles at WorkSafe and the Victorian Building Authority.

Ms Baragwanath holds a Law (Honours)/Arts degree, and a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy.

Deputy Commissioners

IBAC's Deputy Commissioners assist the Commissioner, performing duties and functions under the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011.

IBAC Deputy Commissioner Katie MillerKatie Miller joined IBAC in August 2018 as Deputy Commissioner focused on independent oversight of Victoria Police.

Deputy Commissioner Miller is a Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialist in administrative law. She understands how law, policy and culture combine to influence individual conduct and public sector outcomes. Before joining IBAC, Ms Miller was Executive Director, Legal Practice at Victoria Legal Aid and is a past president of the Law Institute of Victoria.

IBAC Deputy Commissioner David WolfDavid Wolf joined IBAC in January 2020 as Deputy Commissioner focused on independent oversight of Victoria’s public sector.

Deputy Commissioner Wolf has a broad range of skills, expertise and deep understanding of regulatory, integrity, communication, public sector and council administration matters. Mr Wolf was formerly Victoria's Chief Municipal Inspector and head of the Local Government Inspectorate. He has also worked at the Victorian Building Authority.

Christine Howlett

Director Prevention & Communication

Christine Howlett joined IBAC in January 2013. Ms Howlett leads our corruption prevention work, including strategic intelligence, policy & research, public sector & community engagement, and communication.

Ms Howlett has substantial executive experience across state and federal government agencies, primarily in the justice, integrity and human services sectors. Ms Howlett was seconded to work on the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants during 2019.

Robert Sutton

Director Operations

Robert Sutton joined IBAC in February 2013. Mr Sutton leads our Investigations, Digital Forensics & Collections and Surveillance teams.

Mr Sutton has an extensive background in law enforcement, investigations and anti-corruption operations. He spent 20 years with Tasmania Police, most of those as a detective. Mr Sutton has training in leadership and management focused on the conduct and oversight of serious and complex investigations.


Director Legal

Helen Fatouros leads IBAC's Legal, Compliance and Assessment & Review teams. Ms Fatouros has worked as a lawyer, advocate and executive leader in the criminal justice system and the wider public sector for more than 19 years. Her most recent role was Executive Director, Criminal Law Services at Victoria Legal Aid. Before that role, she was the Legal Prosecution Specialist and Directorate Manager of the Specialist Sex Offences Unit at the Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria. In 2012, Ms Fatouros led the sector-wide Sexual Offences Interactive Legal Education Program, earning her the Law Institute of Victoria President’s Award for Government Lawyer of the Year. Ms Fatouros was a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission between 2014 and 2018, and is a Council Director of the Sentencing Advisory Council, a role she has held since 2013.

Director Corporate Services

Glenn Ockerby leads IBAC's Finance and Procurement, Information & Digital Services, Governance & Risk (including corporate strategic planning) and Human Resources teams. Mr Ockerby started with IBAC on 15 June 2020. He joined IBAC from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade where he was Executive Director, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. Mr Ockerby has broad experience gained from a variety of public and private sector leadership roles, including the Victorian WorkCover Authority and KPMG Australia. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Organisational chart

We employ a variety of people with professional and specialised skills. Our people work in a diverse and collaborative environment. 

Organisational chart as at 1 July 2016

Organisational chart as at 1 January 2020


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Special Counsel

Left of diagram. Connected with line to CEO.


Middle of diagram.

Deputy Commissioners

Middle of diagram. Connected with dotted line to CEO and connected to line between Commissioner and CEO with line.

Prevention and Communication

Bottom of diagram. Connected with line to CEO.

  • Prevention Policy and Research
  • Strategic Intelligence
  • Engagement
  • Communication

Corporate Services

Bottom of diagram. Connected with line to CEO.

  • Human Resources
  • Information and Digital Services
  • Finance
  • Governance and Risk


Bottom of diagram. Connected with line to CEO.

  • Investigations
  • Digital Forensics and Collections
  • Surveillance

Assessments, Reviews, Compliance and Legal

Bottom of diagram. Connected with line to CEO.

  • Assessment and Review
  • Compliance
  • Legal

Our accountability

We are independent and accountable to the people of Victoria.

We are subject to scrutiny by various federal and state bodies, including:


Commonwealth Ombudsman

Inspects IBAC's use of stored communications warrants


Receives reports on IBAC's telecommunications interception and stored communications warrants


Supreme Court Magistrates' Court

Receive reports on IBAC surveillance device warrants

Public Interest Monitor

Reviews our applications for surveillance device and telecommunications interception warrants


Receives reports on:

  • telecommunications interception warrants
  • surveillance device warrants
  • assumed identities

Special Minister of State

Receives reports on telecommunications interceptions warrants

Parliamentary Committee

Monitors and reviews our performance and functions

Examines reports published by IBAC

Victorian Inspectorate

Monitors our compliance with the IBAC Act and other laws

Oversees our performance under the Public Interest Disclosures Act

Receives and investigates complaints about IBAC

Reports about our activities are publicly available

Our annual reports outline our performance against our key priorities and actions. We also publish public reports on:

  • outcomes of investigations
  • system reviews
  • corruption prevention initiatives.

Download our public reports.

Legislation we work under

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 outlines our functions, powers and how we work with other public sector integrity organisations.

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 describes our central role in deciding which complaints are treated as public interest disclosures.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter) outlines the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of all people in Victoria. There are 20 rights contained in the Charter

IBAC has two main obligations in relation to the Charter:

  1. Under the Charter Act (section 38), as a Victorian public authority IBAC must act compatibly with the Charter rights and give proper consideration to those rights when making decisions. In some circumstances, IBAC may lawfully act in a way that limits an individual’s rights.
  2. Under the IBAC Act (section 15), IBAC is required to ensure that Victoria Police officers and protective services officers have regard to the human rights set out in the Charter.

In relation to ensuring Victoria Police officers and protective services officers have regard to human rights, IBAC:

  • assesses allegations received for potential breaches of the Charter
  • considers whether police officers and protective services officers have had sufficient regard to the Charter rights where relevant, when conducting investigations, reviews of Victoria Police investigations, and audits of complaints handled by Victoria Police.

View the complete list of Acts and regulatory compliance we work under.

Legislation that ensures our accountability

The Commissioner has been provided with powers and functions to undertake the roles given to IBAC by Parliament. These powers and functions are contained in the following legislation.

Act Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Establishes IBAC's functions and powers.
Act Victoria Police Act 2013
Responsible Minister Police and Emergency Services
Purpose Provides for the governance and regulation of Victoria Police.
Act Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Requires IBAC and IBAC staff to act compatibly with human rights, and to consider human rights when developing policies and making decisions.
Act Confiscation Act 1997
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Provides for the confiscation and preservation of assets of accused and proceeds of crime.
Act Crimes (Assumed Identities) Act 2004
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Allows IBAC to obtain and use assumed identities.
Act Crimes (Controlled Operations) Act 2004
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Enables IBAC to conduct controlled operations.
Act Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Allows IBAC to receive and investigate public interest disclosure complaints.
Act Surveillance Devices Act 1999
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Allows IBAC to use surveillance devices under warrant.
Act Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth)
Responsible Minister Attorney-General (Cth)
Purpose Allows IBAC to intercept telecommunications and stored communications under warrant.
Act Telecommunications (Interception) (State Provisions) Act 1988
Responsible Minister Attorney-General
Purpose Enables IBAC to intercept telecommunications in accordance with the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth).



The Victorian Government Purchasing Board's procurement framework is supported by five policies. They are:


Governance structure embeds procurement across the organisation and ensures alignment with business planning. It encompasses greater focus on upfront strategic planning and transparency to provide consistency of market approach and better value-for-money procurement decisions.

Complexity and capability assessment

Procurement decisions based on an assessment of complexity and the capability of IBAC to conduct the procurement. Procurement can only proceed when IBAC determines it has the necessary capability to meet the complexity of the procurement activity.

Market analysis and review

Market analysis determines the capacity of the market to supply and the opportunities for market-based solutions. A review of requirements and processes in response to market analysis determines the most appropriate path to market.

Market approach

IBAC must continuously be applying a structured, measured approach to informing, evaluating and negotiating with suppliers.

Contract management and contract disclosure

Contract management is escalated to a high-level consideration early in the planning process to arrive at an integrated end-to-end procurement framework.


All procurement activity must meet the following directives:

Value for money

This means making a balanced judgement of a range of financial and non-financial factors, taking into account the mix of quality, cost and resources; fitness for purpose; total cost of ownership; and risk.


The Accountable Officer has the flexibility to conduct procurement activities using appropriate capability to provide value-for-money outcomes.


High standards of behaviour and actions in the conduct of procurement processes, including equity, confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and consumer/supplier confidence in the integrity of government procurement processes.


The relationship between the complexity of a procurement project and the capability of the organisation to conduct it to achieve a good procurement outcome.

Annual procurement plan

This summary forecast of IBAC procurement activity is published in accordance with the Victorian Government Purchasing Board's Governance Policy.

Disclaimer: The IBAC Annual Procurement Plan 2020/21 is current as at July 2020. All planned procurements are subject to revision or cancellation. The information in the plan is provided for planning purposes only, it does not represent a solicitation or constitute a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment by IBAC to purchase the described goods or services. Requests for Tender will be advertised on the Victorian government tenders website at www.tenders.vic.gov.au.

Supplier Code of Conduct

IBAC is committed to ethical, sustainable and socially responsible procurement. In ensuring that our suppliers maintain the same values as the Government, the State has established a Supplier Code of Conduct (the Code).

The Code outlines the minimum ethical standards in behaviour that suppliers will aspire to meet when conducting business with, or on behalf of, the State in the areas of: 

  • integrity, ethics and conduct
  • conflict of interest, gifts, benefits and hospitality
  • corporate governance
  • labour and human rights
  • health and safety; and
  • environmental management.

Visit the Victorian Government Purchasing Board website to view the code, or to access the supplier fact sheet or frequently asked questions documentation.

How to make a procurement complaint

IBAC is committed to ensuring its procurement activities comply with the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) policies and procedures, and are underpinned by high levels of probity, accountability and integrity.

To find out more about the VGPB policies, visit Victorian Government Purchasing Board.

To report a concern or complaint about an IBAC process or probity matter relating to a procurement activity, contact the IBAC team or staff member you are dealing with. Most issues are the result of misunderstanding or process error and can be rectified quickly and easily. If the issue is not resolved, you can make a formal complaint to IBAC. Complaints are handled in a fair, consistent and transparent manner. The following process is followed:

Step 1: Making a procurement related complaint
If you have a complaint or concern relating to a procurement or probity activity carried out by IBAC, email the Chief Procurement Officer via procurement@ibac.vic.gov.au and provide the following information:

  • a concise written statement clearly setting out the basis of your complaint
  • specific details for the complaint including an explanation of how the complaint may impact the person or organisation making the complaint
  • any relevant background information including prior actions or correspondence involving IBAC in relation to the issue
  • copies of all relevant documentary evidence supporting the complaint.

Step 2: Complaint investigation process
Within five working days of receipt of your complaint:

  • You will receive a written acknowledgement of your complaint.
  • If further information is required to address your concern, you will be given a minimum of 10 working days to provide the required documentation, unless the matter is urgent.
  • As soon as all the information is collected, IBAC will work to reach a resolution within 20 working days of receiving your last correspondence.
  • IBAC will provide you with a written response (an outcome letter) advising you of the outcome of the complaint and any follow on action.

If additional information is required, or the services of external parties are required to advise on elements of the complaint, there will be an extension of time. This will be based on the number of working days between the request for, and receipt of additional information and/or advice sought.

Step 3: Complaint outcome
If you disagree with the proposed resolution provided in the outcome letter, you may refer your complaint to the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB) for investigation.

Complaints submitted to the VGPB must be lodged by letter or email within 10 working days of the receipt of the findings by IBAC to the following address:

Victorian Government Purchasing Board
Department of Treasury and Finance
GPO Box 4379
Melbourne 3001
Email: vgpb@dtf.vic.gov.au

General conditions

We are independent

IBAC is independent of the government of the day, while accountable to Victorians through the State Parliament. IBAC will always take its obligations, especially in the exercise of its significant powers, seriously.

We are subject to scrutiny by the Victorian Inspectorate and our Parliamentary Committee. Learn more about our accountability.

We are part of the Victorian integrity system

We are one of three core, independent agencies in the Victorian integrity system The system aims to protect the integrity of the Victorian public sector and Victoria Police. Other agencies include the Victorian Ombudsman and the Victorian Auditor-General's Office.

Victorian Inspectorate and the Integrity and Oversight Committee provide oversight of IBAC, Ombudsman and VAGO

  • IBAC - Independent broad-based anti-corruption commission Victoria - logo

    Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

    Exposes and prevents public sector corruption and police misconduct
  • Victorian Ombudsman - logo

    Victorian Ombudsman

    Investigates administrative actions of state government departments, local councils and statutory authorities
  • Vago - Victorian Auditor, General's Office - logo

    Victorian Auditor-General's Office

    Provides independent assurance to the Parliament and the Victorian community on the financial integrity and performance of the state

Other agencies supporting the integrity system include:
Local Government Inspectorate, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner, and Commissions for the Victorian Public Sector, Judiciary and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity.