Current Ombudsman

Commonwealth Ombudsman, Mr Colin Neave AM

Colin Neave Mr Neave was appointed Commonwealth Ombudsman on 16 August 2012 for a 5 year appointment.

Mr Neave has performed in senior leadership roles in the law, consumer affairs and government administration.

That experience in public administration and in complaint resolution means he is well placed to ensure the Office of the Ombudsman is held in the highest regard by the Parliament and the community.

Previously Mr Neave served as the Chief Ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman, Chairperson of the Legal Services Board of Victoria and Vice Chair of the Australian Press Council. He has held senior management positions in the public sectors of several jurisdictions namely as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, Managing Director of the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, Secretary of the Victorian Attorney-General's Department and Director-General of the South Australian Department of Public and Consumer Affairs.

He also served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council between 1997 and 2013, and President of the Administrative Review Council.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2005 for service to public administration and to the banking and finance industry, particularly through dispute resolution.