The NSW Ombudsman is an independent and impartial watchdog.
We watch over most public sector and many private sector agencies and their staff. Our role is to make sure these agencies and their staff do their jobs properly, meeting their responsibilities
We are independent of the government of the day and accountable to the public through Parliament itself.
Like many others around the world, our office was modeled on the Swedish Justitie-Ombudsman from 1809, whose main role was to investigate complaints about government administration.
The current Ombudsman is Michael Barnes.
NSW Ombudsman’s comment policy
We welcome you and your comments to our Facebook page.
This site intends to inform and engage with our stakeholders and other agencies, or interested persons.
You are encouraged to submit comments, but please note this is a moderated online discussion site and not a public forum.
Once posted, the NSW Ombudsman’s office reserves the right to delete submissions that contain inappropriate language, personal attacks of any kind, or comments we deem to be offensive or disparaging.
Further, the NSW Ombudsman’s office also reserves the right to delete comments that:
• Contain spam, advertising, solicitations or include links to other sites;
• Complain about or discuss matters that are outside the scope of the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction;
• Are clearly off topic or disruptive;
• Are obscene, vulgar, or sexually explicit. This includes masked words (***), acronyms, and abbreviations;
• Are chain letters, pyramid schemes, or fraudulent or deceptive messages;
• Promote particular services, products, or political organizations or campaigns;
• Infringe on copyrights or trademarks;
• Advocate illegal activity;
• Violate any policies of the NSW Ombudsman’s office.