The Victorian Inspectorate (VI) also has a compliance role, promoting the public interest by ensuring that agencies adhere to the various statutory record-keeping and obligations that apply to them.  VI compliance officers physically inspect and assess records and documents kept under the:

  • Public Interest Monitor Act 2011
  • Surveillance Devices Act 1999
  • Telecommunications (Interception) (State Provisions) Act 1988
  • Crimes (Controlled Operations) Act 2004
  • Fisheries Act 1995
  • Wildlife Act 1975

The VI compliance officers conduct two rounds of inspections at the following agencies that are authorised under the above legislation to apply for and execute Surveillance Device and Telecommunication Intercept warrants, and conduct controlled operations:

  • Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning
  • Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission
  • Game Management Authority
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority
  • Victoria Police

Statutory reports are prepared on the outcomes of the inspections to be tabled in parliament for:

  • Surveillance Devices (bi-annual)
  • Controlled Operations (annual)

Inspection outcomes in relation to Telecommunication Intercepts are reported annually. These reports are not tabled in the Parliament but are instead sent directly to the agency Chief Officers and Ministers.

In addition to the inspections conducted on these agencies, the VI compliance officers are also required under the Victorian Inspectorate Act 2011 to conduct an annual inspection of the records held by a Public Interest Monitor (PIM).

The two broad areas of responsibility in regards to PIM involve:

  • Inspection of relevant records
  • Reporting to the Minister on the result of those inspections.