Operation Sandon

IBAC will hold public examinations starting on 18 November into allegations of serious corrupt conduct in relation to planning and property development decisions at the City of Casey council.

The examinations are part of an IBAC investigation, Operation Sandon, into allegations of corrupt conduct involving councillors and property developers in the City of Casey in Melbourne's south-east.

The examinations are open to the public.

Public examinations

The examinations will focus on:

  • the transparency and integrity of planning and property development decision making within Victoria, including but not limited to, the provision of donations and in kind assistance to candidates at State and local government elections that may give rise to actual or perceived corruption
  • whether public officers involved in planning and property development decision making have been improperly influenced through donations, gifts, pro bono services or other hospitality
  • the circumstances surrounding any actual or potential financial benefits obtained by any public officer, their families or their associates, resulting from, or otherwise in connection with, planning and property development decision making within Victoria
  • whether the use of professional lobbyists or planning consultants to lobby State and local government has resulted in undue influence over planning and property development decision making within Victoria
  • the systems and controls in place within public bodies concerning planning, with particular focus on the existence and adequacy of systems and controls for ensuring the integrity of the planning process, including by detecting instances of public officers obtaining corrupt benefits or being unduly influenced by individuals lobbying on behalf of vested interests
  • if the investigation of the above matters identifies serious corrupt conduct on the part of one or more current or former public officers, the extent to which (if at all) organisational culture and practices have fostered that conduct or hindered opportunities or attempts to detect and eliminate that conduct.

The examinations will be presided over by IBAC’s Commissioner The Honourable Robert Redlich QC. Counsel assisting is Michael A Tovey QC of the Victorian Bar together with Amber Harris, Principal Lawyer of IBAC.

The examinations will start on Monday 18 November at 11 Exhibition St in Melbourne, commencing at 10 am each sitting day, and will be open to the public.

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

Witnesses

Will be listed here the morning of each sitting day.

Looking after the welfare of people at IBAC examinations

Please see information for witnesses.

Media

Media guidelines for IBAC's Operation Sandon public examinations

Media are requested to register their attendance at the examinations.

For updates on the examinations, follow @ibacVic or #IBACSandon.

Media releases

IBAC to hold public hearings into allegations of corruption in local government planning and property development decisions at Casey council

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 transcripts during the Operation Sandon public examinations, media representatives must sign and return this public examinations exhibit and transcript request form including a declaration relating to the use and publication/broadcast of that material.

Suppression orders

IBAC's Commissioner may make a suppression or other orders at any time. Media are advised to check for these, which will be made at the examinations. Contact 0427 480 840 or media@ibac.vic.gov.au if you require clarification.