This major IBAC investigation examined the conduct of then senior officers of the Department of Education and Training (DET) and others, in connection with the use of 'banker schools' and related activities.
IBAC's investigation focused on allegations that senior departmental officers misappropriated funds from the Department’s budget, through false and inflated invoicing as well as arranging payment of inappropriate expenses such as excessive hospitality, travel and personal items.
A special report on the investigation was tabled to Parliament on 29 April 2016. Prosecutions and convictions followed.
Responses to IBAC recommendations
IBAC's special report recommended DET implement reforms to address the serious corruption uncovered in Operation Ord and to improve its systems and practices to prevent corruption.
DET was required to report back to IBAC on progress in implementing these reforms.
IBAC also recommended that the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) provide a report on whole-of-government reforms being implemented by the Victorian Secretaries Board to prevent corruption prevention and strengthen integrity.
IBAC publishes responses to our investigations to inform the community about actions agencies advise they are taking, and to share learnings that may help other agencies improve their systems and practices to prevent corruption and misconduct.