IBAC Insights (newsletter)

IBAC Insights issue 37

This issue features Acting Commissioner Stephen Farrow on IBAC’s latest operations and reports, as well as public sector risk profiles, perceptions of corruption survey results, and new resources.

In July, IBAC released one of its most significant reports to date, the Operation Sandon special report, with recommendations on how government can tighten loopholes that allow corruption and misconduct to occur between councils and property developers.

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Corruption risks in local councils webinar: Operation Sandon special report 

IBAC’s Operation Sandon investigated allegations of corrupt conduct involving councillors and property developers in the City of Casey. The investigation exposed corruption vulnerabilities in Victoria’s planning decision-making processes at both state and local government levels.

In this recent webinar, IBAC Deputy Commissioner David Wolf, Executive Director, Legal, Assessment and Review, and Compliance Stacey Killackey, and Chair of Administrators, City of Casey Noelene, answered questions from the community. This webinar is captioned and Auslan interpreted.

Discussions with Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees

IBAC has been meeting with Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees (RAJACs) across regional Victoria to discuss of how it can most effectively work with communities to encourage reporting of police misconduct.

IBAC Deputy Commissioner Kylie Kilgour has already spoken to several RAJACs about the findings and recommendations from IBAC’s 2022 audit report Victoria Police handling of complaints made by Aboriginal people and current community concerns about police misconduct, as well as relevant IBAC complaints, investigations, and referrals.


Transparency International Australia National Summit

IBAC Deputy Commissioner Kylie Kilgour spoke about IBAC’s latest operations at Transparency International Australia’s National Integrity Summit last month. Deputy Commissioner Kilgour joined inaugural National Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner The Hon Paul Brereton AM RFD SC to speak at a session called ‘Creating an Australia free from corruption’, which included a panel discussion and a presentation on IBAC’s role and recent achievements.

IBAC was also a sponsor of this two-day event, which discussed topics including whistleblowing in Australia; environmental, social and governance risks in the mining and infrastructure industries; stopping money laundering; and corruption in the energy transition.


IBAC Regional Public Interest Disclosures Forum

IBAC will be in Ballarat to provide education and awareness support to regionally based Public Interest Disclosures (PID) coordinators, integrity and governance officers, and leaders within Victorian state government departments, administrative offices, and local councils.

Reports and complaints about wrongdoing in the public sector are sometimes known as Public Interest Disclosures. Public Interest Disclosure laws protect whistleblowers.
The forum will showcase our new and improved resources available to PID coordinators and relevant staff alike.


Knowledge sharing

Recent publications and resources from other agencies and organisations:

IBAC is committed to developing resources to help build the capacity and knowledge of the public sector to prevent corruption. To suggest resources for IBAC Insights, contact us at communications@ibac.vic.gov.au.