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.
What we do
The VI has power to receive and investigate certain complaints made to it about:
- Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and its personnel
- Victorian Ombudsman officers
- Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) officers
- Chief Examiner and Examiners
- Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) officers
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.
The VI is required to monitor:
- the use of coercive powers by each body it oversees
- IBAC for compliance with the IBAC Act and other laws
- Victorian Ombudsman and Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner for compliance with procedural fairness requirements
- VAGO and Office of the Chief Examiner for compliance with relevant legislation
- the interaction between IBAC and other integrity bodies to assure compliance with relevant laws.
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.
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.