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New report: Whistleblowing in NSW depends on clear protections and open, reporting culture

15 Dec 2020

A NSW Ombudsman’s report on public sector whistleblowing shows that NSW public officials made 949 public interest disclosures (PIDs) to investigating authorities in the 2019-20 financial year.

Two thirds of those were made to ICAC by heads of public sector agencies who are required by law to report possible corrupt conduct. In addition, agencies received nearly 400 (383) reports of wrongdoing about their own agencies. Consistent with previous years, the majority (85%) of those included an allegation of corrupt conduct.

While the report shows that there were slightly fewer PIDs in 2019-20 than in 2018-19, the number of reports remains higher than earlier years, and is consistent with a long-term trend of increased reporting.

NSW Child Death Review Team Annual Report 2019–2020

27 Oct 2020

Acting NSW Ombudsman and Convenor of the NSW Child Death Review Team (CDRT), Paul Miller, has tabled the CDRT’s annual report 2019–20 in Parliament.

The CDRT is comprised of key government agencies and independent experts in child health, research and injury prevention, and aims to prevent and reduce the deaths of children in NSW.

The annual report describes the work of the CDRT over the last year. Most importantly, the report also details the extent to which the CDRT’s recommendations to prevent or reduce the likelihood of child deaths have been accepted by agencies, and the progress being made to implement the Team’s recommendations.

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Acting Ombudsman tabled the NSW Ombudsman Annual Report 2019-20

27 Oct 2020

Acting Ombudsman Paul Miller today tabled in Parliament the NSW Ombudsman Annual Report 2019-20. The report provides a detailed account of the Office’s work for the year, including its role in monitoring government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlights the important role that oversight agencies play in NSW, especially at a time of crisis.

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Changes to our training offering

27 Aug 2020

With changes to our jurisdiction and organisational priorities, the NSW Ombudsman is no longer offering a number of training programs.

NSW Ombudsman tables investigation into SafeWork NSW

21 Aug 2020

The NSW Ombudsman has tabled a special report to Parliament: Investigation into actions taken by SafeWork NSW Inspectors in relation to Blue Mountains City Council workplaces.

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