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The Acting Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, has reviewed the operation of the NSW consorting law over a three year period from its commencement in April 2012. The consorting law aims to prevent crime by disrupting or deterring associations that may lead to the building or continuation of criminal networks. It is a criminal offence for a person to continue to associate or communicate with at least two people who have previously been convicted of an indictable offence, after receiving an official police warning.Learn more
We attended and presented at a disability complaints handling forum organised by the Commonwealth Ombudsman for Government agencies, oversight bodies, advocates and community representatives. The purpose of the forum was to share experiences and ideas and explore more creative approaches to engage with people with disability.Learn more
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.