What happens in our investigations

During our investigations, we:

  • analyse information to determine if corrupt conduct or police misconduct has taken place 
  • use investigative techniques to gather information
  • undertake public or private examinations.

Why we investigate

The decision to start an investigation does not mean there has been any wrongdoing. Rather, we investigate to:

  • determine if there is evidence of criminal conduct and potential criminal offences involved
  • determine if there is evidence of conduct warranting disciplinary action
  • expose strengths and weaknesses in an organisation’s processes that could allow corruption to occur.

The duration of our investigations depend on the complexity and nature of the allegations. We have completed some investigations within weeks, others have taken more than 12 months. Our aim is to complete investigations within 12 months.

If you are approached by an IBAC investigator

Every IBAC investigator is issued with an identification card. This identification card includes:

  • a photo of the officer
  • an authorisation from the IBAC Commissioner.

When undertaking searches at police premises or under a search warrant, the investigator must produce their IBAC identification card (unless it's not practical to do so).

Involved in an investigation?

Find out what you need to know, including the welfare support that may be available.