Findings on Victoria Police's conduct in recruiting supergrass lawyer Nicola Gobbo as an underworld informer have been delayed until November.
Royal commission findings were due to be handed down by Margaret McMurdo on July 1, but the state government has granted an extension to November 30 because of ongoing delays.
The inquiry will also have another $11.5 million to complete its work, taking the bill for the royal commission to $39.5 million.
That's on top of the $27 million Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton estimated the inquiry was costing the force and Ms Gobbo's legal bills, which are being paid by the state.
The report was originally due to be handed down in December 2019 but was pushed back to July when it was revealed Ms Gobbo had been registered three times by the force, starting in the mid-1990s when she was still a law student.
Her most prolific informing came at the height of Melbourne's gangland wars from 2005 until 2009, when she was representing some of the state's most notorious crooks.
They included killer Carl Williams and drug kingpin Tony Mokbel.
Police were ordered to stop accepting her tips in 2010, but she continued to offer information until at least 2012.
Ms McMurdo sought an extension on multiple grounds, including the time it has taken to identify those affected by Ms Gobbo's informing.
So far more than 1200 affected people have been identified, dating between 1997 and 2010.
Victoria Police has again been blamed for delays in handing over information that was first requested in early 2019.
"On 27 April 2020 Victoria Police produced 38 hours of tapes of relevant intercepted phone conversations, many with Ms Gobbo," a statement from the commission released on Tuesday said.
Ms McMurdo is also trying to have "a very large number of suppression orders" changed to allow her to produce a comprehensive report.
Proceedings were filed in Victoria's Supreme Court on Tuesday and a directions hearing on the matter is listed for Thursday.
Last year the court agreed to vary some orders - many which date back to the early and mid-2000s - so the inquiry could hear otherwise restricted evidence.
A final round of hearings, focusing on policy related issues, were supposed to be heard in April but are now scheduled to begin on Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steendam will give evidence on Thursday, followed by former British Merseyside Chief Constable Sir Jonathan Murphy on May 13.
Australian Associated Press
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