The Commonwealth Ombudsman safeguards the community in its dealings with Australian Government agencies.

The Ombudsman’s office handles complaints, conducts investigations, performs audits and inspections, encourages good administration, and carries out specialist oversight tasks.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is also the Defence Force, Immigration, Law Enforcement, Postal IndustryPrivate Health Insurance, ACTand Overseas Students Ombudsman.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman also oversees the operation of the federal government public interest disclosure scheme.

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Private health insurance complaints to the Commonwealth Ombudsman

From 1 July 2015, complaints about private health insurance should be directed to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Complaints previously directed to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman ( from health fund members, health funds, private hospitals or medical practitioners should now be directed to this office.

For more information about private health insurance matters, see

Tax complaints to the Inspector-General of Taxation

From 1 May 2015, most complaints about the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) must be directed to the Inspector-General of Taxation (IGT).

The Commonwealth Ombudsman will continue to deal with complaints concerning Freedom of Information (FOI) or Public Interest Disclosures (PID) issues relating to the ATO or TPB.

For more information, or to make a complaint about tax administration action by the ATO or the TPB, visit or call the Inspector-General of Taxation on 1300 448 829.

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