On 20 December 2016, the Acting NSW Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan AO, tabled his report on the Operation Prospect investigation.
Operation Prospect started in October 2012, when the NSW Government asked the Ombudsman to conduct a thorough, independent investigation of the disputed events that made up the controversy surrounding the work of the Mascot Task Force.
The Ombudsman’s investigation was conducted in private, over a four year period. It comprehensively examined complaints and allegations about conduct of officers of the NSW Police Force, the NSW Crime Commission and the Police Integrity Commission.
The Ombudsman’s six volume report contained a large number of findings about the conduct of agencies and individuals. It places on the public record as much detail as possible, while balancing individuals’ legitimate expectations of privacy.
The tabling of this report means the individuals concerned are finally be able to understand what happened. It is also an opportunity for the agencies involved to learn from what went wrong.
Background to the investigation
The Ombudsman’s Operation Prospect investigation started under former Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour, whose term as Ombudsman ended on 30 June 2015. The Acting Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, AO took over the investigation when he started his two-year term as Acting Ombudsman on 1 August 2015.
The investigation attracted significant media and public interest, and was the subject of two Parliamentary inquiries. The following documents were prepared during the investigation for the NSW Parliament, to report on the progress of the investigation and explain how it was being done.
- 1 December 2017: Second report on developments [PDF, 236.0KB] by Professor McMillan
- 9 May 2017: A report on developments [PDF, 537.9KB] by Professor McMillan
- 15 June 2016: Second progress report [PDF, 284.3KB] by Professor McMillan
- 4 November 2015: First progress report [PDF, 264.3KB] by Professor McMillan
- 28 January 2015: Letter from Bruce Barbour (published on the NSW Parliament website)