We undertake a range of systemic activities, including projects, inquiries, and reviews, to examine major issues that affect people who are eligible to receive community services.
We identify significant issues through a range of means, including our contact with service receivers, their families, representatives, and advocates; our handling of complaints, investigations, and reviews of deaths; contact with Official Community Visitors; and our monitoring of the delivery of community services.
Our decisions as to the major issues we will examine through projects or other systemic work are informed by consideration of factors such as the vulnerability of the individuals; whether any changes are underway or planned; whether others are looking at the issues; and whether there are alternative options for addressing the concerns.
We also undertake a range of other activities to address systemic issues and improve outcomes for people accessing or eligible to receive community services, including:
- submissions to Parliamentary and other inquiries into issues affecting service receivers
- provision of feedback to the Department of Communities and Justice and other services on policies and practices
- meetings with other regulatory agencies, including the Office of the Children’s Guardian and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission to discuss critical issues
- meetings with relevant government and non-government agencies and services
Training and workshops
We provide training courses and workshops that are specifically targeted at people with disability or community services. We also provide training to services and public sector agencies to improve their disability awareness.
- The Ombudsman's role in community services fact sheet
- Special report to Parliament: More than board and lodging - the need for boarding house reform
- Consultations with families of children with disabilities on access to services and support
- Special report to Parliament: People with disabilities and the closure of residential centres