The Victorian Inspectorate (VI) was established by the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 (VI Act). The VI commenced operations on 10 February 2013.
The objectives of the VI Act are to:
- enhance the compliance of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and IBAC personnel with the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (IBAC Act) and other laws
- assist in improving the capacity of IBAC and IBAC personnel with regards to their duties, functions and powers
- monitor compliance by a Public Interest Monitor with the prescribed obligations
- provide for the independent oversight of Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) officers, Victorian Ombudsman officers, Chief Examiner and Examiners, and Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) officers
- monitor the use of coercive powers under the Judicial Commission of Victoria Act 2016.
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.
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.