Community Education, Events and Forums
Our community education activities increase access to our services, raise awareness about the work we do, and help us identify issues that are important to the public. These community activities include:
- conducting outreach, stakeholder and other forums
- delivering information sessions for specific groups
- giving presentations at conferences, seminars and meetings
- providing information at community events.
In addition to these activities and the liaison and consultation work our staff do during projects and investigations, we have dedicated units and positions within our office that focus on working directly with the community. These include our Aboriginal Unit, our Youth Liaison Officer, and specialists in the disability areas.
Getting Practical about the Public Interest Symposium April 2019
The NSW Ombudsman is pleased to be co-hosting a seminar with UNSW Canberra looking at the practical application of the public interest to policy and government decision making.
The seminar will include a number of panel sessions looking critically at the role of the public interest in policy areas such as immigration, planning and the regulation of water. The keynote address for the seminar will be delivered by NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice the Hon. Thomas Bathurst AC. There are a limited number of positions available for the event, so register quickly to avoid missing out.
Out in the community
We participate in a range of community events, festivals and conferences. We also work with other government agencies and service providers at events that provide a one-stop shop for communities – giving people the opportunity to raise a wide range of questions and concerns about government services.
Information sessions and presentations
We offer brief general information sessions for community groups that focus on the roles and functions of the Ombudsman. We can also provide information sessions on specific areas of our work – such as the Ombudsman's role in community services, disability reportable incidents, employment-related child protection and our work with Aboriginal communities.
Resources and guidelines
Our community education program also produces a range of guidelines and accessible resources to help agencies and the public.
Learn more about our resources and guidelines.