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NSW Ombudsman Annual Report 2014-2015

The Acting Ombudsman has today tabled his Annual Report for 2014-2015.

Our annual report is a significant way of communicating what we have done in the last twelve months and is also an opportunity for us to share information and increase public understanding about who we are and what we do.

The report outlines the work of our office for the year, including our complaint handling and systemic work.

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16 years of Reportable Conduct — What have we learnt and where are we heading? Forum

Date: Friday, 26 February 2016
Venue: TBC (Central Sydney)

The NSW Ombudsman’s reportable conduct jurisdiction commenced in 1999, when a system was established for independent oversight of the handling of child abuse and neglect allegations against the employees of more than 7,000 government and non-government agencies.

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Restricted Premises Act police search powers and offences – call for submissions

We are calling for submissions to our review of new police search powers and offences in the Restricted Premises Act, intended to help combat gun crime and target premises used by serious criminals. The new firearm search powers have been used to search a number of suspected bikie clubhouses. Submissions are due by 2 October 2015.

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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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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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