40th Anniversary

This year the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman celebrates its 40th anniversary. For forty years the office has provided assurance, integrity, influence and improvements for government, industry and the public.

To acknowledge this important milestone, we hosted two special events in Canberra. A dinner was held on 4 April 2017 at the National Museum of Australia. Guests included former Commonwealth ombudsmen, international, state and industry ombudsmen, and other distinguished guests.

A conference was held the following day. With history echoing through the corridors, Old Parliament House provided an appropriate backdrop to discuss the office’s past achievements and future opportunities. Speakers discussed topics based on the conference’s key themes:

  • Evolution, industry and parliamentary ombudsmen in Australia
  • The ombudsman integrity and law enforcement oversight
  • Some overseas perspectives
  • A state viewpoint from the beginning to where we are going.

Making a difference – 40 years of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

A written history of the office has also been created, titled Making a difference—40 years of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

The book describes the early days of the office under the leadership of the first Commonwealth Ombudsman, Professor Jack Richardson AO, and charts the office’s progress over the following decades.

The book is available to download below:

Making a difference – 40 years of the Commonwealth Ombudsman (PDF)

The office is proud and excited to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

We welcome the opportunity to reflect on our achievements and prepare for the challenges ahead.