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)

During the current parliament, no inquiries have been undertaken by the committee.

Records of earlier inquiries undertaken by the committee appear below:

ReferredInquiry Name
17/02/2014   2014 General Meetings (Completed)
22/11/2012   First General Meeting with the NSW Crime Commission (Completed)
31/10/2012   Second General Meeting with the Information and Privacy Commission (Completed)
26/10/2012   Fourteenth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
26/10/2012   Second General Meeting with the Convenor of the Child Death Review Team (Completed)
26/10/2012   Thirteenth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
24/10/2012   Performance Measures and Accountability of Oversight Agencies (Expired)
24/10/2012   Use of Anti-Personnel Spray and Batons by Police Integrity Commission Officers (Completed)
15/10/2012   Eighteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
01/02/2012   Twelfth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
31/10/2011   Thirteenth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
28/10/2011   First General Meeting with the Information and Privacy Commission (Completed)
26/10/2011   Seventeenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman and First General Meeting with the Convenor of the Child Death Review Team (Completed)
10/08/2010   Eleventh General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
20/05/2010   Improper associations in the NSW Police Force (Completed)
30/11/2009   Sixteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
30/11/2009   Twelfth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
26/10/2009   Tenth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
03/09/2009   Procedures for examining complaints against the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
26/03/2009   Eleventh General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
26/03/2009   Fifteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
27/06/2008   Ninth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
11/03/2008   Early Intervention Systems in the NSW Police Force (Completed)
03/07/2007   Statutory Review of the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993 (Completed)
28/06/2007   Eighth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
28/06/2007   Fourteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
28/06/2007   Tenth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
29/03/2006   Scrutiny of NSW Police counter-terrorism and other powers (Completed)
29/03/2006   Ten year review of the police oversight system in New South Wales (Completed)
12/10/2005   Ninth General Meeting with Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
12/10/2005   Thirteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
31/08/2005   Seventh General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
07/07/2005   Stakeholder review of the Community Services jurisdiction (Completed)
25/05/2005   The results of the Qualitative and Strategic Audit of the Reform Process (QSARP) (Completed)
01/11/2004   Eighth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
01/11/2004   Twelfth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
25/06/2004   Sixth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
25/02/2004   Police Integrity Commission's jurisdiction to oversight the Protective Security Group Inquiry (Completed)
25/02/2004   s.10(5) of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996 Inquiry (Completed)
04/12/2003   Eleventh General Meeting with the New South Wales Ombudsman (Completed)
04/12/2003   Seventh General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
18/09/2003   Fifth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission (Completed)
13/05/1999   Access to Information (Completed)
13/05/1999   General Matters (Completed)
13/05/1999   Inquiry into the Jurisdiction and Operation of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (Completed)
13/05/1999   Sixth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commissioner (Completed)
13/05/1999   Tenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman (Completed)
13/05/1999   Trends in Police Corruption (Completed)

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)

The committee has not published any reports during the current parliament.

Records of earlier reports published by the committee appear below:

Report DateName of the report
18/08/2014   2014 General Meetings
17/10/2013   2013 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
17/10/2013   2013 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
17/10/2013   2013 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
17/10/2013   2013 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
17/10/2013   2013 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
17/10/2013   2013 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
19/12/2012   Report on the Use of Anti-Personnel Spray and Batons by Police Integrity Commission Officers
12/12/2012   Report on the first General Meeting with the Convenor of the Child Death Review Team
12/12/2012   Report on the 13th General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
12/12/2012   Report on the 17th General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
12/12/2012   Report on the First Meeting with the Information and Privacy Commission
12/12/2012   Report on the Twelfth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
25/11/2010   Report on the Eleventh General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
11/11/2010   Report on an inquiry into improper associations in the NSW Police Force
22/04/2010   Report on the Sixteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
22/04/2010   Report on an Inquiry into the Handling of Complaints Against the Police Integrity Commission
18/03/2010   Report on the Twelfth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
18/03/2010   Report on the Tenth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
08/09/2009   Fifteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
08/09/2009   Eleventh General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
31/03/2009   Report on the Ninth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
31/03/2009   Report on an inquiry into early intervention systems in the NSW Police Force
24/06/2008   Statutory Review of the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act 1993
24/06/2008   Tenth General Meeting with Police Integrity Commission
24/06/2008   Fourteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
04/03/2008   Report on the Eighth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
21/11/2006   Report on the Inquiry into Scrutiny of New South Wales Police Counter-Terrorism and Other Powers
21/11/2006   Phase Two of an Inquiry into Section 10(5) of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996
21/11/2006   Ten Year Review of the Police Oversight System in New South Wales
26/10/2006   Report on an Inquiry into the Results of the Qualitative and Strategic Audit of the Reform Process
26/10/2006   Stakeholder Review of the Merger of the Community Services Commission into the Office of the Ombudsman
02/05/2006   Ninth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
02/05/2006   Thirteenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
12/10/2005   Seventh General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
22/03/2005   Interim Report on an Inquiry into the Police Integrity Commission's jurisdiction to oversight the Protective Security Group
22/03/2005   Interim Report on an Inquiry into Section 10(5) of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996
22/03/2005   Twelfth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
22/03/2005   Eighth General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
23/09/2004   Sixth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
31/08/2004   Report by the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission - Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2004
04/12/2003   Seventh General Meeting with the Police Integrity Commission
04/12/2003   Eleventh General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
18/09/2003   Fifth General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission
01/09/2003   REPORT BY the Inspector of the PIC / Annual Report for the Year Ended 30 June 2003
01/06/2003   REPORT BY the Inspector of the PIC on the Practices and Procedures of the Police Integrity Commission
01/12/2002   Research Report on Trends in Police Corruption
01/12/2002   First Report on the Inquiry into Access to Information
01/11/2002   Report on the Jurisdiction and Operation of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal
27/06/2002   Tenth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
01/06/2002   Sixth General Meeting with the Commissioner for the Police Integrity Commission
01/03/2001   Parliamentary Inquiry into the Jurisdiction and Operation of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal
01/02/2001   Fifth General Meeting of the Police Integrity Commissioner
01/02/2001   Ninth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
01/02/2001   Fourth General Meeting with the PIC Inspector
01/08/2000   Second Review of the Protected Disclosures Act 1994
01/08/2000   Follow-up on the Review of Schedule 1 of the Ombudsman Act 1974
01/12/1999   Eighth General Meeting with the NSW Ombudsman
01/12/1999   Third General Meeting with the Inspector of the Police Integrity Commission

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 3309ombopic@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Research OfficerJenny Whight(02) 9230 2390 ombopic@parliament.nsw.gov.au
DirectorCarly Maxwell(02) 9230 3439 ombopic@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.