Victoria's top public servant has quit after the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry requested phone records that revealed he spoke to the Police Chief Commissioner in the lead up to the critical decision to use private security guards.
Eccles records showed that he spoke to then-Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton for two minutes on March 27, at 1.17 p.m. in the crucial six-minute window where the inquiry has determined that the decision to use private security guards was made for Victoria's quarantine program.
Ashton had previously given evidence declaring he could not recall who he spoke to before 1.20 p.m.
"I am absolutely certain I did not convey to Mr Ashton any decision regarding the use of private security as I was unaware any such decision had been made, and I most certainly had not made such a decision myself," he said.
Premier Andrews released a media statement confirming his resignation. He said Eccles resigned after viewing detailed phone records where he spoke to Ashton.
The board of inquiry have also request phone records from Andrews and his chief of staff Lissie Ratcliff.