What we do

The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman safeguards the community in its dealings with the Australian Government. We also have oversight of some private sector organisations.

If an Australian Government agency has treated you unfairly or unreasonably, we can help you find a solution. Our service is free and we are independent.

We make sure the actions of agencies are fair and responsible by:

  • handling complaints
  • conducting investigations
  • performing audits and inspections
  • encouraging good administration.

We have the following specialist roles:

We are also responsible for:

We have an International program that promotes:

  • best practice in complaint-handling
  • good government administration within our region.

We also have two specialist roles since the Australian Government ratified the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT):