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.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
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.
PUBLIC CALL FOR INFORMATION
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.