Email not displaying properly? Please click here to view in your browser 29 June 2022
IBAC Commissioner, The Honourable Robert Redlich QC

Message from our Commissioner

Welcome to the June edition of IBAC Insights.

As we reach the halfway point in the calendar year, 2022 has already proven to be a busy and significant year for IBAC’s work. As I have indicated in previous editions, we are working to publish several important reports in the coming months which will outline findings of serious public sector corruption and make a number of significant recommendations for reform.

Special Report - Operation Sandon
IBAC’s primary mandate is to expose and prevent corruption. In part, this was achieved through the publishing of special reports.

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Victoria Police handles complaints made by Aboriginal people - Audit report - May 2022

Special feature

Audit of how Victoria Police handles complaints made by Aboriginal people

A recent IBAC report has highlighted concerning patterns and deficiencies in Victoria Police's handling of police complaints by Aboriginal people, particularly children and young people.

The audit report examines Victoria Police's handling of a sample of 41 complaints made by Aboriginal people and its oversight of 13 serious incidents involving an Aboriginal person.

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IBAC's investigation process

From complaint to investigation outcome

Have you ever wondered what happens to a complaint once IBAC receives it? Or how an IBAC investigation is started?

We know there is a lot of information to understand when it comes to IBAC's processes, so we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.

You can also listen to our podcast to learn more. 

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Speak up to stop it. For more information, visit

Speak up to stop improper influence

IBAC launches 'Speak up to stop it' campaign

Any public sector employee, elected or not, is at risk of being improperly influenced – and it can lead to corruption.

Victorian public sector employees must make decisions that are in the best interest of the Victorian community – free from bias, collusion and favouritism. However, public sector employees need to be aware that they can be used by others to gain access to confidential information, taxpayer funded resources and even their colleagues.

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You have the right to not remain silent. Speak out against police misconduct. Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Victoria

You have the right to not remain silent

IBAC encourages Victorians to report police misconduct

All Victorians deserve to be treated fairly by police, no matter where you live or what your circumstances are.

In May, IBAC launched a campaign to encourage regional communities to speak out against police misconduct. You have the right to not remain silent raises awareness of IBAC's police oversight role and empowers members of the community to report suspected police misconduct or provide information anonymously.

IBAC has independent oversight of Victoria Police to ensure police act impartiality, professionally in accordance with the law and with respect to human rights.

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IBAC's Operation Bredbo public hearings conclude

Public hearings by Victoria's independent police oversight agency IBAC into allegations of serious misconduct by a long-standing Victoria Police officer concluded in May 2022.

The hearings are part of Operation Bredbo, an IBAC investigation into allegations that Victoria Police Detective Sergeant Wayne Dean exploited and misused his position as a police officer for reward to improperly influence people who were involved in commercial disputes or civil litigation.

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Operation Merrica

On 26 May a pecuniary penalty order of $12,610 was made against Mr Andre Punt as part of IBAC's Operation Merrica.

The penalty order follows Mr Punt's conviction for misconduct in public office (on a guilty plea) in December last year and guilty pleas from his co-accused in February this year. The penalty order is in addition to the $20,000 fine and community correction order that formed Mr Punt’s sentence.

IBAC's Operation Merrica investigated allegations of serious corruption involving a provider of quantity surveying services, and contracts issued by the Department of Education and Training and Victorian School Building Authority.

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Corruption Prevention & Integrity Insights Forum: Maintaining a culture of integrity under pressure (15 July)

Delivery pressures are always present in the VPS and local government and are heightened during a crisis. This live IBAC webinar will focus on how to maintain a culture of integrity while delivering under pressure. Facilitated by IBAC CEO Marlo Baragwanath, this forum will feature short presentations and Q&A from: Andrew Greaves, Victorian Auditor-General, Michael Chesworth, Acting CEO, Murrindindi Shire Council and Nicole McCartney, Chief Aboriginal Health Adviser at the Victorian Department of Health.

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MAV Councillor Leadership Conference (29 July)

Victorian Mayors and Councillors are invited to explore the theme ‘Power of Your Leadership Legacy’. IBAC Deputy Commissioner David Wolf will present as part of the Integrity Agency Bodies Panel: Strengthening the Integrity of Victorian Local Government.
The event will take place at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields. Event only open to Victorian Councillors.

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Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (15-17 November)

The Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference in Sydney will bring together Australian and international anti-corruption experts to speak on risk identification and management, emerging trends and innovative approaches to combat corruption and heighten workplace integrity systems. IBAC Commissioner Robert Redlich AM, QC and Deputy Commissioner David Wolf will be presenting at the conference, and it will be held both in-person in Sydney and online.

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Inviting IBAC to present to your organisation

Over this last quarter, IBAC presented to several agencies across the VPS and local government on preventing corruption and misconduct. We spoke with teams from the City of Greater Bendigo, the Department of Education, Harness Racing Victoria, West Wimmera Health Service, LGPro and the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, to name a few. These were all fantastic opportunities to connect with public sector and local government staff across the state, and to answer questions about preventing, reporting and investigating corruption. If you would like to find out more about inviting IBAC to present to your organisation, please reach out to us at

For upcoming event listings and recordings of recent IBAC webinars available to watch on-demand, go to

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