The Inspector’s functions

Oversight of the use of coercive powers

The Inspectorate has monitoring and oversight functions in respect of certain bodies under its own Act and other legislation as well.  The bodies that are subject to scrutiny by the Inspectorate are:

  1. The IBAC and its officers
  2. the Chief Examiner and examiners appointed under the Major Crimes (Investigative Powers) Act 2004
  3. The Ombudsman and their officers
  4. the Auditor-General and VAGO officers.

It is the role of the Inspectorate to review and assess the use of coercive powers by those bodies.  Coercive powers include the power to examine witnesses compulsorily under oath and the power to compel the provision of documents.  The purpose of the Inspectorate’s scrutiny of those bodies is to ensure that those powers are exercised appropriately, proportionately and in accordance with the law.

From 2004 to 9 February 2013 the Special Investigations Monitor performed a similar function in relation to the Chief Examiner and Examiners. On 10 February 2013 the Inspectorate took over that role from the Special Investigations Monitor.

Complaints and Investigations

The Inspectorate also has power to receive and investigate certain complaints.


The Inspectorate is also charged with monitoring the compliance by certain bodies with statutory record-keeping and other obligations.