Hearings

The Commission may obtain information in a number of different ways including public hearings, in-camera (closed) hearings and investigations conducted by the Commission's investigators appointed under the Inquiries Act 2014.

While the Commission prefers to hold hearings in public, there will be times where it will be necessary to conduct closed hearings to protect the safety of certain witnesses and affected persons. 

The first round of public hearings, which focused on Victoria Police dealings with Nicola Gobbo between 1993 and 2000, took place between 27 March and 2 April 2019. 

Please see the table below for information including transcripts, statements and  exhibits. 
Before information can be made public, it must be carefully reviewed (and redacted where appropriate) by the Commission in consultation with Victoria Police. This may cause some delays in publishing. 
 
Public hearings take place at the Fair Work Commission, Court Room 1, level 6, 11 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, unless otherwise indicated.  Usual hearing hours are from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.  Those wishing to attend should note that the hearings may be streamed live through this website and images of people in the public gallery could be captured.

Please check this website regularly for information about when the next set of hearings will be taking place.

Tuesday 2 April 2019 (transcript)
Witnesses         Related documents
Former Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope, Victoria   RC0061  Affidavit of Pope
RC0062 Transcript of conversation
RC0063 Diary of Pope
Former Detective Sergeant 'Kruger', Victoria Police (RC0064 Statement) RC0065 Contact summary
RC0066 Final report communication 
RC0067a Diary of 'Kruger'
RC0067b Additions to diary of 'Kruger'
RC0068 ARU information report
(RC0069 Statement)
RC0070 Progress report
RC0071 Contact summary
(RC0072 Statement)
(RC0073 Statement)
 
Monday 1 April 2019 (transcript)
Witnesses      Related documents
Non-publication order  
Detective Inspector Gavan Segrave, Victoria Police (RC0032 Statement) RC0033 ARU information report
RC0034 Informer application
RC0035 ARU information report
RC0036 ARU information report
RC0037 ARU information report
RC0038 ARU information report
RC0039 ARU information report
RC0040 ARU information report
RC0041 ARU information report
RC0042 ARU information report
RC0043 ARU information report
RC0044 ARU information report
RC0045 ARU information report
RC0046 ARU information report
RC0047 ARU information report
RC0048 ARU information report
RC0049 ARU information report
RC0050 Recommendation to reclassify N Gobbo
Detective Senior Sergeant Rodney Arthur, Victoria Police (RC0052 Statement) RC0053 Contact summary
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall, Victoria Police (RC0054 Statement)  
Former Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope, Victoria Police  
Friday 29 March 2019 (transcript)
Witnesses              Related documents
Non-publication order   
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police (RC008 Statement)
                                                                             
RC0011 Letter to S Paton
RC0012 Affidavit to verify Articles
RC0013 Academic transcript
RC0014 Application for admission
RC0015 Affidavit to Board of Examiners
RC0016 Affidavit of Service 
RC0017 Affidavit supporting  Application
RC0018 Board of Examiners Certificate
RC0019 Certificate of Admission (Supreme Court)
Former Senior Constable Michael Holding, Victoria Police (RC0020 Statement ) RC0021 Letter of commendation
RC0022 Print out of charges
Acting Inspector Peter Trichias, Victoria Police (RC0023 Statement) RC0024 Letter of commendation
Former Detective Sergeant John Gibson, Victoria Police (RC0025 Statement) RC0026 Diary of Gibson
RC0027 Contact summary
Sergeant Trevor Ashton, Victoria Police (RC0028 Statement) RC0029 Day book and diary of Ashton
RC0030 Registration of human source
RC0031 Contact summary

Thursday 28 March  2019 (transcript)

Witness Related documents
Non-publication order   
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police (RC0008 Statement ) RC0009 Letter to S Paton
RC0010 Letter to Cmr Redlich

Wednesday 27 March  2019 (transcript)

Witness Related documents
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police (RC0008 Statement) RC0007 Informer application
Friday 15 February 2019 (transcript)