Each year, the Ombudsman undertakes about 40 formal investigations. Some investigations are announced publicly. Others are conducted in private.
Ombudsman Deborah Glass has announced investigations into the matters outlined below.
When each investigation is finished, Ms Glass will table a report in the Victorian Parliament and publish her findings on this website.
Investigation into EPA’s approval of spoil location sites for West Gate Tunnel Project
The Victorian Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the Environment Protection Authority’s decisions to approve sites to receive spoil from the West Gate Tunnel Project.
The investigation will consider:
1. the EPA’s decision-making and approvals for sites operated by Maddingley Brown Coal Pty Ltd in Bacchus Marsh, Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd in Ravenhall, and Hi-Quality Quarry Products Pty Ltd in Bulla
2. whether the EPA had proper regard for the principles set out in the Environment Protection Act 1970 (Vic)
3. whether, the EPA acted compatibly with, and gave proper consideration to, human rights identified in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)
Investigation into allegations of branch stacking, misconduct and other matters.
We are undertaking this investigation in collaboration with the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).
This investigation will look into allegations of serious misconduct and corruption involving Victorian public officers.