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Opinion piece for ABC online - Preventable deaths of people with intellectual disability

10 Feb 2017

On 9 February, the Acting Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, and the Community and Disability Services Commissioner/ Deputy Ombudsman, Steve Kinmond, wrote an opinion piece for ABC Online, calling for concerted action in NSW and nationally to address the preventable deaths of people with intellectual disability.

Training

09 Feb 2017

Our training calendar for March - June 2017 is now available and includes our new workshop on Initial and early response to abuse or neglect in disability services.

We will also deliver our frontline complaint handling and managing unreasonable complaint conduct workshops in Orange in May. Visit our training pages to register and for more information

MoU with Energy and Water Ombudsman

04 Jan 2017

The Acting Ombudsman and the Energy and Water Ombudsman have signed a new memorandum of understanding setting out the arrangements between our two agencies for sharing information and referring complaints. The MoU is available on our website.

Office closure

20 Dec 2016

We are closed from 5pm Tuesday 20 December 2016 and the office will reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Our inquiry service reopens on Thursday 5 January 2017.

Reports of the NSW Child Death Review Team

22 Nov 2016

On Tuesday 22 November 2016, the Acting NSW Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, tabled two reports of the NSW Child Death Review Team (CDRT).

‘The death of any child is a profound loss, both to the child’s family and to our broader community’, said Professor McMillan. ‘By issuing these reports, we aim to share what we have learnt from our reviews and research in order to prevent, to the degree possible, other children dying.’

Review of Restricted Premises Act search powers and offence provisions - Final report – October 2016

07 Nov 2016

The Minister for Justice and Police has tabled in Parliament the Ombudsman’s report on amendments made to the Restricted Premises Act  which introduced new offence provisions and the powers to search for firearms on declared premises without a warrant.

This report details the Ombudsman’s review of the operation of these amendments over a two year period from its commencement in November 2013.

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