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Our voice to Parliament

The NSW Ombudsman is an independent integrity agency, accountable to the people of NSW. We report directly to the Parliament of NSW.

Where we identify matters of serious public interest, we can make a public report to Parliament.

We also support the work of Parliamentary Committees by making submissions to public inquiries.

Our latest reports

12 May

Strip searches in youth detention

This report of the NSW Ombudsman, Strip searches in youth detention: a follow-up report under section 27 of the Ombudsman Act 1974 is calling on the Government to explain why it has not implemented his recommendations to enact safeguards for the strip searching of children and young people by prison officers.

4 May

The Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to investigate when there are related court proceedings

The report relates to a provision of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Family is Culture) Bill 2022, which proposes an amendment to the Ombudsman Act. The amendment concerns the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction to investigate complaints in circumstances where there may be related court proceedings. The Bill is currently before the Legislative Assembly, having previously passed the Legislative Council.

29 Nov

The new machinery of government: using machine technology in administrative decision-making

This report describes the increasing use of machine technologies in government decision-making processes. In NSW, agencies are known to be using machine technologies in the areas of fines enforcement, policing, child protection and driver licence suspensions.

19 Oct

Investigation into the procurement of an acting executive director at the former NSW Department of Planning and Environment

This report sets out the findings and recommendations of an investigation by the NSW Ombudsman into the conduct of the former NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

19 Oct

Special report by the NSW Ombudsman on the Public Interest Disclosures Bill 2021

This report provides Parliament with the NSW Ombudsman’s detailed assessment of the Bill against recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee.

8 Jun

Strip searches conducted after an incident at Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre

This report sets out the findings and recommendations made in the NSW Ombudsman's final report to the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) on 30 April 2021, after an investigation into 3 strip searches conducted at Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre (the centre).

Other reports