13 Nov 2014
The Ombudsman’s latest review of police use of counter-terrorism laws related to preventative detention and covert searches, during the period 2011-2013, has been tabled in Parliament. We recommended that Corrective Services complete its procedures for preventative detention and that the Police Commissioner then review these procedures and those of Juvenile Justice NSW to ensure consistency and operational readiness across all relevant agencies.
The NSW Ombudsman has begun reviewing whether police officers are providing their name and place of duty when they exercise certain powers, such as search and arrest. We will review compliance with this requirement during the 12 months starting 1 November 2014. Learn more.
30 Oct 2014
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.
While statistics do not provide a full picture of the Ombudsman’s work, they do show that the office continues to deal with a large number of matters. This year, the Ombudsman received 35,456 complaints and notifications. This includes 9,505 formal matters and 25,951 informal matters.
25 Sep 2014
The National Investigations Symposium is a biennial event for public sector investigators and complaint handlers run by the NSW Ombudsman, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and IPAA NSW. It provides a unique forum for public officials to increase their knowledge, skills and techniques, and offers significant professional development and networking opportunities.
18 Sep 2014
08 Sep 2014
Ombudsman Bruce Barbour announced the appointment of Mr Danny Lester as the inaugural Deputy Ombudsman (Aboriginal Programs) today. Mr Lester will take up the position from 7 October. His first focus as Deputy Ombudsman will be setting the direction and approach for the Ombudsman’s monitoring responsibilities in relation to the government’s OCHRE initiatives.
For more information about Mr Lester see the media release.
New oversight function for the NSW Ombudsman - reportable incidents in disability supported group accommodation
08 Sep 2014
Recently passed amendments to the Ombudsman Act 1974 create a new role for the Ombudsman. We will now oversight agency responses to allegations of reportable incidents in disability supported group accommodation.