What we investigate

IBAC prioritises its investigations into allegations of serious or systemic:

For legal and operational reasons, most of our investigations are conducted in private and are not commented or reported on publicly until the matter is finalised.

When we investigate

Some of our considerations include:

  • the severity of any alleged harm or potential harm
  • the likelihood the alleged conduct will continue if no action is taken
  • whether the conduct has the potential to diminish public confidence in the public sector
  • whether there are systemic issues of the conduct has broader impacts on the public sector
  • the presence of any aggravating circumstances
  • whether there is evidence of wilfulness or culpability.

We cannot investigate:

  • issues arising in other states or territories
  • federal parliamentarians, departments or agencies
  • the private sector, unless public officials and/or public authorities are involved or affected. In some circumstances, private contractors and consultants can be considered to be public officers if they are performing public functions
  • minor duty failures or service issues by Victoria Police (eg officers not wearing the appropriate uniform)
  • outcomes of traffic or court decisions.

Involved in an investigation?

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