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The Ombudsman tabled his office’s third annual report under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 today. The report provides a snapshot of the disclosures made and handled by public authorities this year. It also outlines the work of our office in monitoring the way in which public interest disclosures are being dealt with through our interactions with public authorities, the complaints we handle and the audits we conduct.
The report discusses the growing awareness of the PID Act and the protections it affords for reporters. Despite this, there are challenges and barriers which impede effective internal reporting, which we have explored in this report, such as the management of people involved in the process, and their workplaces, to minimise the disruption and conflict that can result from reporting.Learn more
Danny Lester began his term as the Deputy Ombudsman (Aboriginal Programs) on 7 October 2014. His initial focus is the strategic and operational planning for the new function.
We will work with key Government agencies, Aboriginal communities, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and other stakeholders to ensure that services and programs for Aboriginal people are making a difference. We have established a community visitation schedule to reach out to the communities to listen, learn and seek feedback. These visits will commence from 10 November 2014.
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.
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.