vicinspectorate.vic.gov.au

How we oversee integrity bodies

Complaints, monitoring inspections and investigations

We receive, assess and investigate complaints made about a number of bodies in Victoria’s integrity system. We monitor how they're using their coercive powers. We also inspect records of bodies that use covert, intrusive and extraordinary investigatory powers including the use of surveillance devices, the conduct of controlled operations and police counter-terrorism powers.

We have a key function under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (PID Act) to receive disclosures, and to assess and investigate public interest complaints about IBAC and a PIM. We also investigate public interest complaints referred by IBAC.

For each of the following bodies we have the following functions.

IBAC

For IBAC, we:

  • receive and assess complaints about the conduct of IBAC and IBAC officers
  • investigate conduct
  • monitor the exercise of coercive powers
  • assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of policies and procedures
  • monitor compliance with the IBAC Act and other laws
  • review Public Interest Disclosure (PID) procedures
  • oversee IBAC’s performance of its PID Act functions
  • receive and assess PIDs about IBAC and IBAC officers
  • investigate Public Interest Complaints (PICs) 
  • monitor interaction between IBAC and other integrity bodies
  • inspect and audit records kept by IBAC in relation to telecommunications interception, the use of surveillance devices and the conduct of controlled operations.

Victorian Ombudsman

For the Victorian Ombudsman, we:

  • receive and assess complaints about the conduct of VO officers
  • investigate conduct
  • monitor the exercise of coercive powers
  • monitor compliance with procedural fairness
  • review PID procedures

OVIC

For OVIC, we:

  • receive and assess complaints about the conduct of OVIC officers
  • investigate conduct
  • monitor the exercise of coercive powers
  • monitor compliance with procedural fairness requirements relating to coercive powers

VAGO

For VAGO, we:

  • receive and assess complaints about conduct of VAGO officers
  • investigate conduct
  • monitor the exercise of coercive powers
  • monitor compliance with procedural fairness
  • monitor compliance with certain sections of the Audit Act 1994

Office of the Chief Examiner (OCE)

For the OCE, we:

  • receive and assess complaints about the conduct of the Chief Examiner or Examiners
  • investigate the conduct of the Chief Examiner and Examiners
  • monitor the exercise of coercive powers
  • assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of policies and procedures
  • monitor compliance with the Major Crime (Investigative Powers) Act 2004

Judicial Commission of Victoria (Judicial Commission)

For the Judicial Commission, we:

  • monitor the exercise of coercive powers
  • review the PID procedures

Public Interest Monitor (PIM)

For the PIM, we:

  • inspect and audit certain records held by the PIM under the Public Interest Monitor Act 2011 and the Witness Protection Act 1991
  • receive public interest disclosures about a PIM to determine whether they are a Public Interest Complaint (PIC)
  • investigate PICs

Victoria Police

For Victoria Police, we:

Other agencies we monitor

We also assess compliance with the legislation governing telecommunication interception, surveillance devices, or controlled operations conducted by the Game Management Authority, the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

  • We can make recommendations in relation to any action, including to:

    • prevent an issue from continuing or occurring in the future 
    • remedy any harm or loss arising from their conduct

    We can recommend that action be taken by the following bodies:

    We can ask these bodies for a written report in response to the recommendation(s).

    We can make recommendations to the Chief Commissioner of Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions and certain other bodies about further investigation or enforcement action.

    We can also make recommendations to the Minister about a public interest complaint that relates to the Principal PIM.

    We can make recommendations to the Judicial Commission of Victoria relating to guidelines and request a report in response to the recommendations.

Reviewed 20 March 2020

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