Current investigations

Each year, the Ombudsman undertakes about 30 formal investigations. Some investigations are announced publicly. Others are conducted in private.

Ombudsman Deborah Glass has announced investigations into the three 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.

In addition, the Ombudsman is also conducting investigations resulting from Public Interest Disclosures . These investigations are confidential until and if a report is tabled in the Parliament.

Investigation into treatment of public housing tenants in lockdown

We are investigating the treatment of public housing tenants at 33 Alfred Street, North Melbourne.

The residents were placed in hard lockdown for nearly a fortnight, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our investigation will respond to the immediate concerns of residents’ and advocates, emphasising the need for access to medical supplies, fresh air, exercise, or other everyday needs.

We are also exploring the broader issue of how to protect people’s human rights when they are detained in lockdown.

More information:

Ombudsman announces investigation into treatment of public housing tenants in lockdown

Update on Ombudsman's investigation into public housing lockdown

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.

More information: IBAC and Ombudsman to collaborate on investigation into allegations of branch stacking, misconduct and other matters

Credit card use at Warrnambool City Council

We are looking into the use and authorisation of corporate credit cards at Warrnambool City Council.

This follows media reports that a former Council manager resigned in 2019 after misusing a Council credit card.

More information: Investigation into credit card use at Warrnambool City Council