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Office Christmas closure

18 Dec 2014

We will close at 12pm Wednesday 24 December 2014 and reopen at 9am Monday 5 January 2015. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday period.

Report on review of preventative detention and covert searches tabled in Parliament

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.

NSW Ombudsman Annual Report 2013–2014

30 Oct 2014

The Ombudsman has today tabled his Annual Report for 2013–2014.

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.

National Investigations Symposium

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.

Review report released

18 Sep 2014

The NSW Ombudsman’s review of the operation of the offence of continuing to be intoxicated and disorderly in public was tabled in Parliament today by the Attorney General. The review looked at the use of on-the-spot fines and charges for intoxicated and disorderly conduct that continued despite the person having been given an opportunity to comply with a formal move on direction from police.

New Deputy Ombudsman (Aboriginal Programs) Announced

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.

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