Operation Ross

On 10 November 2016, IBAC tabled a report before Parliament on its findings and recommendations following its investigation (Operation Ross) into incidents involving alleged excessive use of force by Victoria Police officers against several people at the Ballarat police station.

View the Operation Ross special report

View the media release

Public examinations

Held from 23 to 27 May 2016, the public examinations focused on:

  • alleged excessive use of force by officers at Ballarat Police Station
  • the Victoria Police management of, and response to, alleged excessive use of force by police officers, including in Ballarat.

The examinations were conducted by IBAC Commissioner Mr Stephen O’Bryan QC at the Ballarat court complex.  Counsel Assisting was Jack Rush RFD QC and Gary Hevey RFD of the Victorian Bar.


IBAC publishes the responses of public sector agencies, including Victoria Police, to IBAC recommendations following investigations to inform the community about the actions agencies have advised they are taking, and to share learnings to help other public sector agencies to improve their systems and practices to prevent corruption.   

Victoria Police’s progress report in response to IBAC’s Operation Ross Special Report, July 2018

IBAC has requested further advice from Victoria Police on some of the actions being implemented, and will publish this further report upon receipt.


Media guidelines: Operation Ross examinations

Media release: IBAC examinations into alleged serious police misconduct to resume

Media contact: 0427 480 840 or media@ibac.vic.gov.au

  • Interviews will not be available. 
  • Media are requested to register their attendance at the examinations via above contacts.
  • For updates, follow Twitter @ibacVic or #IBACRoss

IBAC’s role

IBAC has a broad role in relation to assessing police personnel conduct, and investigating and preventing misconduct by police personnel.

IBAC maintains a standing ‘own motion’ power to monitor or review critical incidents involving death or serious injury, or the risk of death or serious injury, as a result of contact with Victoria Police. View the video below for more information.