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University draft discussion paper

We recently released a draft discussion paper to NSW universities about the conflicts that can arise between supervisors and students. A focus of the paper was on steps universities can take to save struggling supervisory relationships before they fail. Alternatively, if supervisory relationships are doomed to fail, we looked at how this could be handled fairly and in a way that allows the parties involved to move forward. We expect the paper to motivate discussion at the Ombudsman University Complaint Handlers Forum on 19 February 2016. If you are interested in finding out more or want to get a copy of the draft discussion paper email

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Training Calendar

Our February to June 2016 training calendar has been released.

For information and to enrol in workshops, please visit our training calendar, contact, or call 02 9286 0900.

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Deadline for PID reporting fast approaching

Public authorities have until 14 February 2016 to submit their public interest disclosures report for the period 1 July to 31 December 2015 as required under section 6CA of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994. The Public Interest Disclosures Regulation 2011 outlines the information to be included.

The PID online reporting tool allows public authorities to provide their report to us securely, quickly and easily.

For more information, please visit our public interest disclosures page or email

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We produce a range of publications including general information for the public, guidelines for agencies and organisations we oversight, discussion papers seeking information from the public, final reports at the conclusion of legislative reviews, annual reports outlining the work we have done during the financial year and special reports to Parliament about public interest issues. Some of our publications are also available in community languages.

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Featured publication

This is the second comprehensive investigation that my office has undertaken into the use of Taser weapons by the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF). The first investigation was done at a time when Tasers were only used by police officers within specialist units of the NSWPF. Since that report in 2008, Taser weapons have been rolled out for use by all accredited general duties police officers in NSW.

View Taser footage of selected case studies.

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