Current Ombudsman

Commonwealth Ombudsman, Mr Michael Manthorpe

Mr Michael Manthorpe PSM was appointed on 8 May 2017 as Commonwealth Ombudsman for a 5 year term. Coming to the role from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, where he led the Visa and Citizenship Services Group, he brings with him a wealth of experience from his many years in senior leadership roles across the public service.

In March 2015, Michael became the Deputy Secretary of Visa and Citizenship Services Group in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which has end-to-end responsibility for visa and citizenship programmes.

In 2014, Michael was the Deputy Secretary of the Portfolio Reform Task Force which oversaw the bringing together of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the former Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, thereby creating the integrated Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Border Force within it.   

Prior to joining the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Michael was with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and its predecessors for 25 years, where he worked across workplace relations, employment, early childhood, corporate, strategy and other program and policy matters.

He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2010 for his leadership of the government’s handling of the insolvency of ABC Learning  childcare centres.

Michael grew up in Queensland and studied journalism and history at the University of Queensland.