IBAC's police oversight role

IBAC is not part of Victoria Police. We are Victoria's independent body responsible for preventing and exposing police misconduct.

IBAC's role providing independent oversight of Victoria Police includes:

  • receiving complaints and notifications about corrupt conduct and police personnel conduct (including complaints received by Victoria Police and mandatorily reported to IBAC)
  • assessing those complaints and notifications to determine which will be referred to Victoria Police for action, which will be dismissed, and which will be investigated by IBAC
  • providing or disclosing information to the Chief Commissioner relevant to the performance of the duties and functions of Victoria Police
  • reviewing investigations of selected matters referred to Victoria Police to ensure those matters were handled in a thorough, impartial and timely manner
  • conducting 'own motion' investigations about police personnel conduct or corrupt conduct
  • providing oversight through investigation of deaths and serious injuries associated with police contact (pursuant to a standing 'own motion' investigation)
  • conducting private and public examinations to assist investigations into police personnel conduct and, in the case of public examinations, exposing systemic issues, encouraging people with relevant information to come forward and to serve as a deterrent to others
  • ensuring police officers and protective services officers have regard to the Charter of Human Rights including through investigations, and reviews and audits of Victoria Police complaint investigations (for more information, see Legislation we work under)
  • undertaking research and other strategic initiatives, including auditing how Victoria Police handles its complaints
  • informing and educating the community and Victoria Police about police misconduct and corruption, and ways it can be prevented.