The investigation is looking at whether the public officials, including the members of parliament, engaged in corrupt conduct while in public office by directing their staff to perform party-political work during times when they are being paid from public funds to perform ministerial or electorate work.
It will also probe whether public money given to community groups by the Victorian government was misused to fund party-political activities or was used for other improper purposes.
Further to this, IBAC will look at whether ministers or other public public officers involved in granting the funds, dishonestly performed their functions as public officers or breached the public’s trust.
The hearings will investigate whether any personal benefits were obtained by public officers, their families and associates by using ministerial and electorate office staff to perform party-political work or grants made to community associations.
IBAC is also exploring the financial and political framework that supports branch stacking.
Branch stacking is the recruitment of large numbers of party members who will then vote along factional lines to support preferred candidates in pre-selection or other political contests. 
As branch stacking is not illegal, nor in and of itself the type of practice that would be subject to an IBAC investigation, the commission is probing how Labor factions recruited members and kept them onside, rather than they were used to allegedly stack Labor branches.

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