Current topics for investigation

One of the ways that the Office endeavours to improve public administration is to undertake investigations of systemic and thematic patterns and trends arising from complaints made to the Ombudsman and from child death and family and domestic violence fatality reviews. These investigations are referred to as own motion investigations.

Own motion investigations are intended to result in improvements to public administration that are evidence-based, proportionate, practical and where the benefits outweigh the costs.  

The Office’s current topics of investigation are:

  • An investigation into local Government collection of outstanding rates; and
  • An investigation into ways to prevent or reduce child deaths by drowning.

Read more on the Office’s major investigations on the Reports on own motion investigations page.