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Today I tabled our Annual Report for 2012–2013. This report is a significant way of communicating not only what we have done in the last twelve months, but also to share information and increase understanding about who we are and what we do.
Before turning to our work for the year, I would like to remember two friends and colleagues. Mary McCleary and Sheila O’Donovan both had a substantial impact on our work, and developed strong ties and close friendships across the office. Their deaths this year created much sadness in our office, and we miss them both a great deal. The ability of our staff to continue to work at what were very difficult times is a tribute to their resilience, professionalism and commitment. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in the past twelve months and the strength of character and goodwill they bring to this office.
We have reported publicly on a number of matters since the last annual report. We completed our comprehensive review of the use of Tasers by the NSW Police Force. We reported on an investigation into the administration of provisions to provide assistance to students with disability sitting their Higher School Certificate. We reported our findings and recommendations following an inquiry into the access of people in mental health facilities to disability services and support. We finalised our investigation into the critical incident investigation following the death of Brazilian student Roberto Laudisio-Curti. And finally, we issued the final report as part of our three-year audit of the NSW Interagency Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Assault in Aboriginal Communities.
These are all significant, important pieces of work, and they show the breadth and increasing complexity of our jurisdiction.
But these are just one part of our achievements this year. Once again this report shows the sheer volume and number of matters we continue to deal with, but more importantly it shows the very real results we can and do achieve. Our involvement can help to improve systems, overcome misunderstanding and establish effective communication between an agency and those receiving a service.
We will continue to change, evolve and improve, responding to unexpected changes and working hard to meet growing community expectations. As always, our office is driven by the need to be innovative, to achieve the best possible outcome for the community and to act in the public interest.