On 25 May 2017, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption issued a public statement on Oakden.

ICAC has commenced a maladministration investigation with respect to the management of services and care at the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health facility.

The Commissioner will exercise the powers of the South Australian Ombudsman, which includes the powers of a Royal Commissioner, to undertake this investigation.

The investigation will not duplicate inquiries already undertaken or presently underway. It will focus on the extent to which all people in authority, from local management to executive leadership and Ministers, were aware of the conditions and sub-optimal care being delivered at the facility, when they became aware of such information, and what, if any, action was taken in response.

Alternatively, if information did not become known to appropriate persons in authority, the investigation will enquire as to why and how this may have occurred.



On 28 February 2018, the Commissioner finalised and published his report in relation to the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility.

The report, titled Oakden: A Shameful Chapter in South Australia’s History, has made findings against five individuals and the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. It also makes 13 recommendations that should be considered by all public officers in positions of authority.

“Every South Australian should feel outraged at what happened at the Oakden Facility,” said Commissioner Lander.

Please note that the report is a very large file so it may take some time to load.



On 30 May 2017, the Commissioner held a press conference to announce the terms of reference of the investigation. These terms of reference set out the scope of the investigation.



Commissioner Lander issued a further public statement to call for assistance from members of the public who may have information relevant to the Oakden investigation.

If you have made a complaint or report or expressed concern to a government agency or public officer about Oakden in the last 10 years, you are encouraged to come forward.

Information about Oakden should be sent to a new dedicated email address: oakden@icac.sa.gov.au

Members of the public who have information about Oakden can also contact the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) on 8207 1777.

The Commissioner only wishes to hear from people with direct knowledge of a complaint or report being made about Oakden, or of Oakden being raised as an issue with a public authority or public officer. This will assist ICAC staff to focus on the investigation.



Media Release – Who and what can the ICAC investigate? 8 May 2017
Public Statement – Investigation announced, 25 May 2017
Public Statement – Call for information, 30 May 2017
Terms of Reference
Newsletter – Oakden Update, January 2018
Public Statement – Oakden Investigation, 5 February 2018
Public Statement – Oakden Report published, 28 February 2018
Report – Oakden: A Shameful Chapter in South Australia's History

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