PTV/DOT investigation

By: Amie Hickland

IBAC investigating organisation after allegation around supply of good and services

PTV/DOT investigation
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and the Victorian Department of Transport (DOT) are being investigated by the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) after allegations of serious corrupt conduct around the supply of goods and services.

IBAC will conduct public examinations into the allegations as part of Operation Fitzroy which will start on July 21 and continue no later than August 8.

If necessary the examinations will recommence on a date to be determined until the evidence is completed.

The examinations will look at the circumstances around the supply of goods and services in transport-related infrastructure projects, according to a statement released by IBAC.

The examinations will focus on one or more current and former employees, as well as the businesses contracts were awarded to.

This will include examining the tendering and selection process, any actual and potential financial benefits obtained by any such employees and members of their respective families and their associates, connected to DOT/PTV and the systems and controls in place at the DOT and PTV concerning procurement.

A statement released by PTV says the organisation is aware of the IBAC hearing into allegations which relate to conduct of officers in the Department of Transport and Public Transport Victoria over the period 2007 to 2013.

"We take these allegations very seriously and we are continuing to fully cooperate with the commission," it reads.

"We understand the interest in this matter but it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage."

BusVic Executive Director Chris Lowe says the investigation has nothing to do with bus operations and services and is a procurement issue for government.

"It’s not an issue for bus operators. It’s an issue for government and how they buy their bus stops… and how they’ve given contracts to build car parks at train stations."

The examinations will be held at the County Court of Victoria from 10am each day.

IBAC Commissioner Stephen O’Bryan will preside at the public examinations.

Counsel Assisting the Commission will be Ted Woodward with Sarah Keating of the Victorian Bar.

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