3 October 2017

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
Parliament House
CANBERRA  ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister

I am pleased to present the 40th Commonwealth Ombudsman Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2017.

The report has been prepared in accordance with section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and section 63 of the Public Service Act 1999, which requires that you table the report in Parliament.

The Annual Performance Statement in Part 3 of this report is prepared in accordance with paragraph 39(1)(a) of the PGPA Act and accurately presents my Office's performance for the 2016–17 financial year, in accordance with paragraph 39(2) of the PGPA Act.

The report includes the audited financial statements for my Office, prepared in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015.

In addition, I certify that I am satisfied my Office has appropriate fraud control mechanisms in place which meet our needs and comply with the PGPA Act, PGPA Rule and associated framework.

Yours sincerely

Signature of Michael Manthorpe

Michael Manthorpe PSM
Commonwealth Ombudsman