Official Community Visitors Annual Report

04 Apr 2014

The 2012-2013 Official Community Visitors Annual Report has recently been tabled in Parliament. This report is a public record of the official community visitor scheme for the financial year 2012-2013. It outlines the role of the visitors, their work, statistical information and financial reports.

Ombudsman staff out and about

04 Apr 2014

Ombudsman staff attended various Harmony Day events across Sydney to celebrate multiculturalism. We attended the ‘Community Information Expo’ at Eastwood Plaza on 20 March providing information and advice. We also attended the ‘Many cultures one community celebration’ at Campbelltown Civic Hall on 21 March, as well as participated in the Cultural intelligence training and the Who are Chinese Australians debate, both organised by the City of Sydney as part of the Living in Harmony Festival.  

Deputy Ombudsman attends Community Leaders Breakfast

04 Apr 2014

On 11 March 2014, Deputy Ombudsman Chris Wheeler attended the ICAC Community Leaders Breakfast in Taree. This event is held twice a year as part of ICAC’s Rural and Regional Outreach Program, which aims to bring corruption prevention advice and resources to non-metropolitan areas of NSW. The event raises community awareness and understanding of corruption risks and provides practical information and advice on how to deal with corruption.

10th National Investigations Symposium

04 Apr 2014

The 10th National Investigations Symposium will be held from 5-7 November this year. This year the symposium will be held in the Sydney CBD. While we have enjoyed our time at Manly, the symposium organisers are very excited to announce the event will be at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Rocks in Sydney. This is a fantastic venue, and will be an excellent location right at the heart of Sydney for what is always a varied and informative event. It provides an opportunity every two years for investigators and complaint handlers to develop their skills and understanding, and share their experiences with others. 

Have your say on the annual report

17 Mar 2014

The Ombudsman is asking anyone who reads or accesses the NSW Ombudsman annual report to have their say.

An online survey is currently open and can be accessed at the link below. The survey is aimed at finding out what people think of the annual report; what works, what doesn’t, and what we could do better.

Firearms Act and Restricted Premises Act reviews

07 Mar 2014

On 1 November 2013, we started two reviews of new police powers under the Firearms Act 1996 and the Restricted Premises Act 1943. The purpose of the amendments was to help target gun crime. We are reviewing police use of new powers to search for weapons, firearms and explosives without a warrant, and the operation of new offences aiming to prevent people convicted of an indictable offence from attending or managing premises.

Click here for more information about our new legislative reviews.

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