IBAC examinations

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

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

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

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

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

When are examinations held in public?

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. 

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

Private examinations are not open to the general public or the media. All evidence heard in a private examination is kept confidential, although a public report may be released when the investigation is finalised.