IBAC examinations

As part of an investigation, we may hold private or public examinations (hearings) to gather further information. This includes summoning witnesses to answer questions. An examination is not a trial and cannot determine guilt or innocence.

Examinations are generally presided over by our Commissioner or Deputy Commissioners. However, an examiner with limited powers may be appointed.

Private examinations

Most of our examinations are private. This helps ensure the integrity of investigations.

Private examinations are not open to the general public or the media. However, a public report may be released when the investigation is finalised.

See Information for witnesses for an outline of what to expect, what's required of witnesses and the welfare support that may be available.

Public examinations

The IBAC Commissioner may decide to hold public examinations when: 

  • there are exceptional circumstances 
  • it is in the public interest 
  • they can be held without causing unreasonable damage to a person’s reputation, safety or wellbeing. 

View the Standard directions for public examinations which cover sitting times, scope, attendance, conduct, representation and more.

During a public examination, the hearing room is open to the general public. Transcripts and other information may be published on our website. 

Locations for public examinations are provided in summons to witnesses and published on this website.

See Information for witnesses for an outline of what to expect, what's required of witnesses and the welfare support that may be available.