Operation Bredbo

IBAC held public hearings in May 2022 into allegations of serious misconduct by a long-standing Victoria Police officer.

The public hearings were part of Operation Bredbo, an IBAC investigation into allegations that a member of Victoria Police exploited and misused their position as a police officer for reward to improperly influence people who were involved in commercial disputes or civil litigation.

The hearings also examined allegations that the officer engaged in misconduct through maintaining improper associations and relationships and misusing police information.

The scope and purpose of the public hearings were to investigate:

  1. Whether the Detective Sergeant of Victoria Police has misused their position to:
    1. improperly influence parties to, or persons involved in, civil disputes or litigation;
    2. attempt to pervert the course of justice by falsifying evidence; or
    3. attempt to improperly influence persons involved in criminal investigations or prosecutions.
  2. Whether the Detective Sergeant of Victoria Police has engaged in misconduct through:
    1. maintaining undeclared improper relationships;
    2. unauthorised secondary employment; or 
    3. unauthorised access to, use of or disclosure of police information.
  3. The circumstances surrounding any actual or potential personal benefits obtained by the Detective Sergeant of Victoria Police and/or other police personnel, their associates, resulting from, or otherwise in connection with, their misuse of their position or access to police information.

The hearings were conducted by IBAC's Commissioner The Honourable Robert Redlich AM QC and Deputy Commissioner Stephen Farrow. Counsel assisting were Catherine Boston and Sophie Molyneux of the Victorian Bar. 

Anyone with credible information relevant to the investigation is encouraged to report it at www.ibac.vic.gov.au/report or phone 1300 735 135.

Witnesses

Week 1

  • Tuesday, 3 May
    Wayne Dean
  • Wednesday, 4 May
    Wayne Dean (continuing)
  • Thursday, 5 May
    Wayne Dean (continuing)
  • Friday, 6 May
    Wayne Dean (continuing)

Week 2

  • Wednesday, 11 May

    Bill Meletsis

Looking after the welfare of people at IBAC hearings

Please see information for witnesses.

Media

Media are asked to register their interest in the hearings.

For updates on the hearings, follow @ibacVic or #IBACBredbo.

Media releases

Media contact

0427 480 840 or media@ibac.vic.gov.au

Please note: interviews will not be available.

Receiving exhibits and transcripts

To receive exhibits shown and restricted transcripts during the Operation Bredbo public hearings, media representatives must sign and return a public hearings exhibit and transcript request form (available in Word/DOCX and PDF format) including a declaration relating to the use and publication/broadcast of that material.

Suppression orders

Suppression orders are in place and the orders include names that are not to be published. If you are in the media and require a copy please email media@ibac.vic.gov.au or call 0427 480 840.