The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) is a Found in a statute of delegated legislation. For example, a statutory authority or body is aperson or organisation that has special powers given by parliament to do work for the public benefit. authority established by the Independent Broad-based
Anti-corruption Commission A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 2011 (Vic).
IBAC has The authority of a court or tribunal to hear matters brought before it, based on some factor such as area or law, amount of money claimed, or geographic area. to investigate corruption, and the conduct and misconduct of police officers. However, the majority of police misconduct complaints received by IBAC are referred back to Victoria Police for investigation.
IBAC is more likely to investigate a complaint if:
- the complaint is against a very senior police officer;
- the complaint relates to serious problems with police practices or procedures;
- the complaint relates to a systemic issue (e.g. multiple complaints about one police station);
- the complaint relates to corruption;
- the A person who begins a criminal prosecution against another in the Magistrates’ Court, or formally starts an action in a court or tribunal or makes a complaint to a complaint-handling body. In a civil action they could also be referred to as a plaintiff or an applicant. has objective Material presented to a court to prove or disprove a fact. It can include what witnesses say as well as documents and other objects. depicting the Claimed but not proved. For example, the police can allege in court that a car was stolen, but they then have to prove it with evidence. If you say a person did something illegal you are making an allegation. Unless you can back it up, you will not be able to win a court case about it. police misconduct (e.g. CCTV footage or footage captured on a mobile phone);
- IBAC thinks it is in the public interest for it to investigate the complaint.
IBAC has extensive investigatory powers and can even hold public hearings. IBAC also has an oversight function and can monitor investigations into police misconduct conducted by the Victorian Police.
For IBAC’s contact details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter.