Annual Report 2017-2018 OmbudsmanNT
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Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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44 We also benefit from relationships with other bodies across Australia and internationally. The ability to share information and draw on the knowledge, experience and materials of like bodies from our region and around the world is a major advantage for a small organisation. In 2017/18, our involvement at this level included: membership of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), a global organisation for the cooperation of more than 190 independent Ombudsman institutions from more than 100 countries worldwide - http://www.theioi.org/; membership of the Australian and New Zealand Ombudsmans Association (ANZOA) a professional association and the peak body for Ombudsmen in Australia and New Zealand. ANZOAs members are individual Ombudsmen working in not-for-profit industry-based, parliamentary and other statutory offices, which meet accepted high standards of independence, impartiality and effectiveness, and which observe the Benchmarks for Industry-Based Customer Dispute Resolution. Through the Ombudsmans membership of ANZOA, our staff benefit from the professional development opportunities offered by participation in ANZOAs numerous interest groups - www.anzoa.com.au ; serving on the ANZOA Executive Committee; serving on the Planning Committee for the biennial ANZOA conference; attending the following meetings and conferences: o ANZOA AGM and Members meeting; o ANZOA conference; o Australasian parliamentary ombudsman meeting; o Deputy parliamentary ombudsman meeting; meeting interstate and national counterparts as the opportunity arises, for example, hosting visits by staff of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY REFORM One of the roles of the Ombudsman is to take part in meetings of the Northern Territory Law Reform Committee (NTLRC). The NTLRC advises on issues referred by the Attorney-General relating to reform of the law in the Northern Territory. The Ombudsman is also invited from time to time to make submissions or provide input on policy and legislative reform relating to aspects of public administration. For example, input was provided in relation to the following issues during the year: development of legislation establishing the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, including whistleblower protections; development of domestic and family violence information sharing legislation ; development of legislation facilitating compliance with the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT); a review of the Charter of Victims Rights; development of a Treasurers Direction and guidance documents on Fraud Control. http://www.theioi.org/ http://www.anzoa.com.au/