Engaging with the Victorian legal sector

As part of our regular work to expose and prevent public sector corruption and police misconduct, IBAC undertakes a range of engagement activities with its stakeholders.

Recently, we have increased our outreach with the Victorian legal sector. This work has included meetings with the peak legal sector bodies, presentations from IBAC executives, and development of tailored communications in response to feedback from the sector.  The purpose is to raise awareness about IBAC and encourage reporting of public sector corruption, including police misconduct.

We’ve had productive engagements with a broad range of peak bodies, and groups for the legal community. This has included meetings with the Law Institute of Victoria, including participation in a recent round table about police oversight, the Victoria Bar, Victoria Legal Aid, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, and the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office.

Other engagements include a presentation by Dr John Lynch, IBAC’s General Counsel, to the Law Institute of Victoria’s Government Lawyers Conference. And Joanna Austin, IBAC’s Principal Lawyer, hosted a panel discussion on integrity in the public sector for Victorian Women Lawyers. IBAC also recently held the first of a series of roundtable discussions with key organisations from community legal sector.

Ongoing engagement is planned for the rest of the year to further build connections with the legal community and to identify ways in which we can work together with the broader legal community to enhance the understanding of our role and improve reporting of public sector corruption and police misconduct.