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Role of the Ombudsman

The role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman in investigating complaints about Freedom of Information matters has now substantially been transferred to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). However, under s 74 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) the OAIC can transfer an investigation to the Commonwealth Ombudsman if satisfied that the complaint could be more appropriately dealt with by the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Examples include, complaints about the way in which the OAIC has dealt with a review, and complaints relating to an FOI application which also relate to other matters that would be more appropriately dealt with by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Role of the Ombudsman  :  Last Revised: Tue Oct 21st 2014
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