Review of Legislative Schemes
Complaints about police and complaints and reports about public administration
On 31 October 2014, the Commissioner announced that he would undertake a review of the legislative schemes governing the oversight and management of complaints about police and complaints and reports about public administration in South Australia. He also announced that he would conduct an evaluation of the practices, policies and procedures of the Police Ombudsman.
The legislative reviews and the evaluation will be conducted in public to allow all interested parties to make a contribution.
On 30 June 2015 the Commissioner published his report into the legislative schemes governing the making of complaints and reports about public administration and the oversight and management of the conduct of police.
The report includes 29 recommendations, including the repeal and complete re-write of the existing police complaints legislation, the abolition of the Police Ombudsman and the bringing of police oversight within the Office for Public Integrity
Discussion paper, submissions and public hearings
The Commissioner released a discussion paper in February 2015 that outlined the relevant issues and made a call for submissions. Submissions closed on 27 March 2015. Public hearings were held 23, 24, and 28 April 2015.
Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA)
Section 42 of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (ICAC Act) provides that the Commissioner may prepare a report setting out recommendations for the amendment or repeal of a law.
On Thursday 30 October 2014 the Commissioner’s ‘A review of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA)’ was tabled in Parliament.