Acting NSW Ombudsman announced

04 Aug 2020

Paul Miller has been announced as Acting NSW Ombudsman. He will commence in this role on 24 August when the incumbent Ombudsman Michael Barnes steps down.

Mr Miller is currently NSW Deputy Ombudsman, Reviews, Investigations and Community Services. He joined the agency in April 2019, following senior executive roles in the NSW public service. These include Deputy Secretary (Strategy and Policy) with the Department of Justice and General Counsel and Deputy Secretary (Legal and Cabinet) with the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

‘I came to the NSW Ombudsman because I believe strongly in the important role played by independent offices of Parliament in promoting and protecting the Rule of Law and the democratic right of all members of the NSW community to be treated lawfully and fairly,’ said Mr Miller. ‘Michael Barnes has been instrumental in advancing this cause. I wish him all the best in the next stage of his career.’

Mr Barnes leaves the Ombudsman after almost three years, having overseen a number of major initiatives, reports and projects, including a structural review and the launch of a five-year Strategic Plan.

‘It has been a great privilege to serve as the State’s Parliamentary Ombudsman.,’ said Mr Barnes. ‘I leave knowing that the Executive team and all the dedicated staff at the NSW Ombudsman will ensure that the institution continues to go from strength to strength.’

Mr Barnes, who is also a previous NSW Coroner, will now take up the position of NSW Crime Commissioner.

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