Committee on the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission

The Committee on the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission is a current joint statutory committee, established 4 Dec 1990, re-established 22 June 2011.

The Committee’s key functions relate to the NSW Ombudsman, Police Integrity Commission, NSW Crime Commission (including the Commission’s Management Committee), Information Commissioner, Privacy Commissioner, Child Death Review Team, Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, Inspector of the Crime Commission and Inspector of Custodial Services.

The Committee’s main functions involve:
• monitoring and reviewing the exercise of each office’s functions
• examining each office’s annual and other reports
• reporting to NSW Parliament on matters relating to each office’s functions and annual and other reports
• inquiring into matters referred to the Committee by NSW Parliament.

However, the Committee is not permitted to do any of the following in relation to the offices that it oversights:
• investigate matters relating to particular conduct
• reconsider decisions to investigate, not to investigate, or to discontinue investigation of a particular complaint
• reconsider findings, recommendations, determinations or other decisions in relation to a particular investigation or complaint.

The Committee’s functions can be found in various pieces of NSW legislation, for example, the Ombudsman Act 1974, the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996 and the Crime Commission Act 2012.

Inquiries (click to show)

Submissions invited (click to show)


The committee is not actively receiving submissions at present. Past submissions may be available under the relevant inquiry.

Reports and government responses (click to show)

During the current parliament, the committee has or plans to table the following reports:
Report DateName of the report
18/08/20142014 General Meetings
17/10/20132013 General Meetings with the Police Integrity Commission, the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Information and Privacy Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, the Child Death Review Team
17/10/20132013 General Meetings with the Police Integrity Commission, the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Information and Privacy Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, the Child Death Review Team
17/10/20132013 General Meetings with the Police Integrity Commission, the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Information and Privacy Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, the Child Death Review Team
17/10/20132013 General Meetings with the Police Integrity Commission, the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Information and Privacy Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, the Child Death Review Team
17/10/20132013 General Meetings with the Police Integrity Commission, the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Information and Privacy Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, the Child Death Review Team
17/10/20132013 General Meetings with the Police Integrity Commission, the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission, the NSW Crime Commission, the Information and Privacy Commission, the NSW Ombudsman, the Child Death Review Team
19/12/2012Report on the Use of Anti-Personnel Spray and Batons by Police Integrity Commission Officers
12/12/2012Report on the Twelfth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
12/12/2012Report on the First Meeting with the Information and Privacy Commission
12/12/2012Report on the first General Meeting with the Convenor of the Child Death Review Team
12/12/2012Report on the 17th General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
12/12/2012Report on the 13th General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
(there are also 59 reports from past Parliaments).

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: Mr Lee EVANS (Lib, LA Member).
Deputy Chair: Mr Chris HOLSTEIN (Lib, LA Member).
Members:The Hon. Paul LYNCH (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr Ryan PARK (ALP, LA Member)
 The Hon. Trevor KHAN (Nat, LC Member)
 The Hon. Sarah MITCHELL (Nat, LC Member)
 The Hon. Adam SEARLE (ALP, LC Member)

Contact (click to show)

RoleNamePhoneFaxEmail
Main contactDora Oravecz(02) 9230 3054(02) 9230 3052ombopic@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Research OfficerJenny Whight(02) 9230 2390(02) 9230 3309ombopic@parliament.nsw.gov.au
DirectorJonathan Elliott(02) 9230 2216(02) 9230 3309ombopic@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Postal address (click to show)

Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission
Parliament of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, SYDNEY 2000

Terms of Reference establishing Committee (click to show)

Legislative Assembly: Resolution passed 22 June 2011, Votes and Proceedings No 23, Item 12(4), page 197 . Legislative Council: Resolution passed 22 June 2011, Minutes No 23, Item 24, page 257.

Legislative Assembly Votes and Proceedings No 23, Wednesday 22 June 2011, Item 12(4), page 197

Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Police Integrity Commission
That:

  1. In accordance with section 31C (1) (b) of the Ombudsman Act 1974, the following members of the Legislative Assembly be appointed to serve on the Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Police Integrity Commission: Mr Kevin Anderson, Mr Lee Evans, Mr Paul Lynch and Mr Ryan Park.
  2. The Committee have leave to make visits of inspection within the State of New South Wales and other States and Territories of Australia.
  3. A message be sent acquainting the Legislative Council of the resolution and requesting the Legislative Council to appoint three of its members to serve on the Committee.

Legislative Council Minutes No 23,Wednesday 22June 2011, Item 24, page 257

COMMITTEE ON THE OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN AND THE POLICE INTEGRITY COMMISSION—MEMBERSHIP
  1. That under section 31A of the Ombudsman Act 1974, a joint committee known as the Committee on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Police Integrity Commission be appointed.
  2. That under section 31C (1)(a) of the Act, Ms Cusack, Mr Searle and Mrs Mitchell be appointed to serve on the committee as members of the Legislative Council.