Welcome to the Victorian Inspectorate

The Victorian Inspectorate (VI) is the key oversight body in Victoria’s integrity system. It is an independent body, not subject to direction or control by the executive government. The VI consists of an Inspector who is an independent officer of the Parliament.

Vision

The vision of the VI is to provide independent assurance to Parliament that the integrity, accountability and investigatory bodies of the State act legally and with propriety in carrying out their duties and functions and in particular in exercising coercive powers.

Purpose

The VI’s purpose is to assist the Parliament, and in particular the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) Committee, the Accountability and Oversight Committee (AOC), and the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) of the Parliament, to oversee the principal integrity agencies in Victoria.

Values

What we do

Complaints

The VI has power to receive and investigate certain complaints made to it about:

  • the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and its personnel
  • Victorian Ombudsman officers
  • Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) officers
  •  the Chief Examiner and Examiners
  • Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) officers

Investigation

The VI may investigate a complaint, received either directly or as a referral. It must investigate a protected disclosure complaint. The VI can also investigate matters on its own motion.

Monitoring

The VI is required to monitor the use of coercive powers by each body it oversees. The VI also monitors IBAC for compliance with the IBAC Act and other laws and the Victorian Ombudsman and Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner for compliance with procedural fairness requirements. The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office and Office of the Chief Examiner are also monitored for compliance with relevant legislation.

The VI is also required to monitor the interaction between IBAC and other integrity bodies to assure compliance with relevant laws.

Compliance

The VI also has a compliance role, promoting the public interest by ensuring that agencies that are able to exercise covert powers (intercepting telephone conversations, placing surveillance devices and conducting controlled operations) adhere to their statutory record-keeping and other obligations.

VI officers physically inspect and assess records and documents relating to the use of covert powers.

Overseeing

The VI is required to oversee the performance by IBAC of its functions under the Protected Disclosures Act 2012.

IBAC policies and procedures

The VI is required to assess the effectiveness and appropriateness of certain policies and procedures of IBAC.

Public Interest Monitor (PIM)

The VI is required to inspect and audit relevant records kept by the PIM and report to the Minister and the Parliament on that inspection and audit.