Territory Stories

Annual Report 2017-2018 OmbudsmanNT

Details:

Title

Annual Report 2017-2018 OmbudsmanNT

Other title

Tabled paper 934

Collection

Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2018-10-31

Description

Deemed

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

See publication

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/304663

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/363371

Page content

2 Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection transfer Following on from a recommendation in the Martin Report (which led to the establishment of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption) the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) functions have been transferred to the Ombudsmans Office. In August 2018, we welcomed the staff of the OIC. I have been appointed as Information Commissioner in addition to my role as Ombudsman. The former Information Commissioner has taken up the position of Deputy Ombudsman and Deputy Information Commissioner. All other OIC staff have also transferred. The transfer had been anticipated for some time, and some appointments and initiatives in my Office were delayed in order to facilitate a smooth transition. This impacted to some extent on the capacity of the Office during the reporting period. I wholeheartedly thank my staff for their application, flexibility and understanding during this transitional period. I also thank the staff of the OIC for their extremely positive approach to the new arrangements. Office operations In 2017/18, we saw a substantial increase in approaches, reaching 2,304 compared to 2,036 in the previous year. The number of annual approaches has fluctuated substantially over the past five years within a range of around 2,000 up to over 2,700. The figure this year fits within the middle of that range but is higher in the context of a historical average over many years of just over 2,000 approaches per year. Major contributors to the increase over the previous year were NT Police, Fire & Emergency Services (105 more approaches), Correctional Services (77 more) and Jacana Energy (51 more). Interestingly, the year was one of two distinct halves, with 1,001 approaches in the first half rising to 1,303 in the second half. Increases were experienced across the board but analysis to date has been unable to identify any particular reason for the trend, which continued in the first two months of 2018/19. Of the approaches completed in 2017/18 (2,293), we finalised 92% of general approaches within 28 days and 92% of Police conduct approaches within 90 days. In the great majority of cases, we attempt to deal with and resolve approaches informally. There is a more detailed description of what we do and how we do it in Chapter 3. In 2017/18, we finalised two major investigations on Administration of a high volume, low value, subsidy scheme and Taser use and Management of NT Police conduct issues, with reports to the Chief Minister for tabling in the Legislative Assembly. My Office also contributed to a major investigation by the Childrens Commissioner by providing the services of one of our senior investigators for five weeks.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.