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 was established in 1990 by amendment to the Ombudsman Act 1974 to monitor and review the functions of the Ombudsman's Office. The Committee's jurisdiction was extended under the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996 to include oversight of the Police Integrity Commission and the Inspector of the PIC; under the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act 2009 to include oversight of the Information Commissioner; under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 to include oversight of the Privacy Commissioner; under the Crime Commission Act 2012 to include oversight of the Crime Commission, the Inspector of the Crime Commission and the Management Committee of the Crime Commission; and under the Inspector of Custodial Services Act 2012 to include oversight of the Inspector of Custodial Services.

The functions of the Joint Committee are set out in section 31B of the Ombudsman Act, section 95 of the Police Integrity Commission Act, section 44 of the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act, section 44A of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act, section 71 of the Crime Commission Act and section 17 of the Inspector of Custodial Services Act. Section 34J(1) of the Community Services (Complaints, Reviews and Monitoring) Act is also relevant to the work of the Committee.

It should be particularly noted that none of these sections authorises the Joint Committee:
* to investigate a matter relating to particular conduct; or
* to reconsider a decision to investigate, not to investigate or to discontinue investigation of a particular complaint, a particular matter or particular conduct; or
* to reconsider the findings, recommendations, determinations or other decisions of the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission, the Information Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner or the Crime Commission in relation to a particular investigation, complaint or matter.

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
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 58 reports from past Parliaments).

Members (click to show)

Position
Chair: The Hon. Catherine CUSACK (Lib, LC Member).
Deputy Chair: Mr Lee EVANS (Lib, LA Member).
Members:Mr Kevin ANDERSON (Nat, LA Member)
 The Hon. Paul LYNCH (ALP, LA Member)
 Mr Ryan PARK (ALP, LA 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
Research OfficerJessica Falvey(02) 9230 2521(02) 9230 2828ombopic@parliament.nsw.gov.au
DirectorCarly Maxwell (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.