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More than shelter – addressing legal and policy gaps in supporting homeless children

21 Jun 2018

The NSW Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, tabled a report in Parliament today drawing attention to critical legal, policy and service gaps in the response to homeless children. In 2016-17, just over 5,000 unaccompanied children and young people aged 12-18 presented to a homelessness service to access support and a place to stay. More than one third of these children were under 16, and about 700 of them were specifically seeking accommodation.

Is your builder ‘fit and proper’: the weaknesses of the home building licensing scheme in NSW

16 May 2018

The NSW Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, tabled a report in Parliament today following his investigation into Fair Trading’s Home Building Service.

Our investigation found that there were serious and systemic issues with both the public register and the home building licensing system. The information that Fair Trading records on the public register does not have sufficient detail and contemporaneous information to make it fit for purpose, that is, to provide consumer protection and help stop the actions of unscrupulous builders.

Child mortality rates decline for NSW, but variation still seen across areas

12 Apr 2018

The NSW Ombudsman and Convenor of the NSW Child Death Review Team, Mr Michael Barnes, today tabled a report in the NSW Parliament on the ‘Spatial analysis of child deaths in New South Wales’.

The report, prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for the NSW Child Death Review Team, focuses on two key issues - the geographic distribution of child deaths across NSW, and how the risk of death varies by area-level characteristics.

Correcting the record: Investigation into water compliance and enforcement 2007-17

08 Mar 2018

The NSW Ombudsman, Michael Barnes, tabled a report in Parliament today to correct the public record in relation to the enforcement statistics published in the former Acting Ombudsman’s November 2017 special report to Parliament (the November report).

Read the report.
Read the media release.

NSW Ombudsman project to look at the transfer process for people with disability in ADHC accommodation who have complex support needs

20 Feb 2018

The NSW Ombudsman is undertaking a project to look at the transfer process for people with disability in ADHC accommodation who have complex support needs. The aim of the project is to identify at an early point any significant issues that may affect the residents and provide oversight and advice to address these issues during the transfer process.

Read our fact sheet for more information.

Ombudsman warns of danger posed to people with disabilities left in vehicles

17 Jan 2018

The public should be alert to vulnerable people with disabilities being left in cars in heat waves, the Ombudsman Michael Barnes sent out a media release today, ahead of extreme temperatures predicted for the weekend.

Read media release.

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