2 October 2018

The Hon Christian Porter MP
Attorney-General
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Attorney-General

I am pleased to present the 41st Commonwealth Ombudsman Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2018.

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

The Annual Performance Statement in Appendix 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 2017–18 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 Commonwealth Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe PSM

Michael Manthorpe PSM
Commonwealth Ombudsman