Extension granted

Tracey Matters

The Victorian Government has given the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants more time to report.

The Commission’s first term of reference tasked it with reporting by 1 July 2019 on the number of, and extent to which, cases may have been affected by Nicola Gobbo’s conduct.  A final report on all other terms of reference was due by 1 December 2019.

The Commission will now provide a progress report to the Governor of Victoria on 1 July 2019 and a final report covering all terms of reference by 1 July 2020.

Those whose case(s) may have been affected, especially persons in custody, will not be disadvantaged by the extension--the Commission will continue to disclose all relevant information in a timely way so that they can challenge their convictions or sentences in the courts if they wish.

Any person who believes their case may have been affected by Ms Gobbo, can contact the Commission for their matter to be assessed and analysed as part of its inquiry.

Commissioner McMurdo explained: ‘The increased span of inquiry into Ms Gobbo’s activities (from five to over eighteen years) coupled with a multitude of suppression orders and numerous other information delays has made reporting on our first term of reference by 1 July 2019 impossible.’

‘A further difficulty is that the inquiry into the first term of reference is closely linked with term of reference two which explores the conduct of current and former members of Victoria Police in their disclosures about recruitment, handling and management of Ms Gobbo as a human source. Those inquiries and any resulting reports cannot be efficiently separated.’

Public hearings will resume on Monday 17 June 2019.

More information, including documentation from previous hearings, is available from the Commission’s
website at rcmpi.vic.gov.au.