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OMBUDSMAN ACT 1973


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

   1.      Short title and commencement  

   PART I--INTERPRETATION

   2.      Definitions  

   PART II--THE OMBUDSMAN

   3.      Appointment of Ombudsman  
   4.      Suspension of Ombudsman  
   5.      Salary, allowances and leave of absence  
   6.      Acting Ombudsman  
   7.      Staff  
   8.      Application of Public Administration Act 2004  
   9.      Superannuation  
   10.     Oath or affirmation  
   11.     Delegation  
   12.     Restriction on other employment  

   PART III--FUNCTIONS AND JURISDICTION OF THE OMBUDSMAN

   13.     Principal function of Ombudsman  
   13AAA.  Function of Ombudsman to investigate protected disclosure complaints  
   13AA.   Other functions of Ombudsman  
   13AB.   Ombudsman not to prejudice legal proceedings or investigations  
   13AC.   Court Services Victoria  

   PART IIIA--ENQUIRIES

   13A.    Conducting of enquiries  
   13B.    Communication of information to complainant  

   PART IV--INVESTIGATIONS

   14.     Making a complaint  
   15.     How the Ombudsman is to deal with certain complaints  
   15A.    Ombudsman may refuse to deal with certain complaints  
   15B.    Investigation of complaints  
   15C.    Ombudsman must investigate protected disclosure complaints  
   15D.    Ombudsman must refuse to investigate certain protected disclosure complaints  
   15E.    Ombudsman may refuse to investigate certain protected disclosure complaints  
   15F.    Person who made protected disclosure complaint to be informed of refusal to investigate  
   16.     Investigations referred by Parliament  
   16A.    Ombudsman may conduct own motion investigation  
   16B.    What are referred complaints and referred matters?  
   16C.    Dealing with referred complaints  
   16D.    Dealing with referred matters  
   16E.    Notification to IBAC  
   16F.    Notification to Victorian Inspectorate  
   16G.    Notification to Freedom of Information Commissioner  
   16H.    Application of Division  
   16I.    Ombudsman may refer complaints  
   16J.    Notice of referral  
   16K.    Consultation prior to referral  
   16L.    Disclosure of information by the Ombudsman  
   16M.    Disclosure of information for specified purposes  
   17.     Procedure relating to investigations  
   18.     Investigation powers and privileges  
   18A.    Ombudsman to report to Victorian Inspectorate on issue of witness summons  
   18B.    Witness summons directed to person under 16 years  
   18C.    Legal advice and representation  
   18D.    Advance notice for voluntary appearances  
   18E.    Further provisions relating to appearances  
   18F.    Audio or video recording of compulsory appearances  
   18G.    Protection of legal practitioners and witnesses at compulsory appearances  
   19.     Deliberations of Ministers and Parliamentary committees not to be disclosed  
   19A.    Cabinet information not to be disclosed—relevant protected disclosure complaints  
   19B.    Deliberations of Parliamentary Committees not to be disclosed—relevant protected disclosure complaints  
   19C.    Conclusive certificates  
   19D.    Disclosure of information subject to legal professional privilege or client legal privilege—relevant protected disclosure complaints  
   20.     Disclosing or taking advantage of information—transitional provision  
   20A.    Communication of information to Commonwealth and State Ombudsmen  
   21.     Entry of premises  
   22.     Obstruction  
   23.     Procedure on completion of investigation  
   23A.    Report on investigation—relevant protected disclosure complaints about members of Parliament  
   24.     Complainant or person who made relevant protected disclosure complaint to be informed of result of investigation  

   PART V--ANNUAL AND OTHER REPORTS

   25.     Annual and other reports to Parliament  
   25AA.   Transmission of sections 23(6) and 25 reports to Parliament  
   25AB.   Transmission of section 16 reports  
   25A.    Content of reports  
   25B.    Persons who receive proposed or draft reports or information in them  
   26.     Rules of Parliament  

   PART VA--CONFIDENTIALITY

   26A.    Unauthorised disclosure  
   26B.    Taking advantage of information  
   26C.    Confidentiality notice  
   26D.    Extension of confidentiality notice  
   26E.    Ombudsman to provide Victorian Inspectorate with copies  
   26F.    Disclosure subject to confidentiality notice  
   26FA.   Offence to disclose certain information received from the Ombudsman about relevant protected disclosure complaints  

   PART VB--OVERSIGHT OF THE OMBUDSMAN

   26G.    Oversight by Victorian Inspectorate  
   26H.    Oversight by Accountability and Oversight Committee  
   26I.    Powers and procedures of Accountability and Oversight Committee  

   PART VI--MISCELLANEOUS

   27.     Application to Supreme Court  
   28.     Letters by persons in custody etc. to be forwarded immediately to the Ombudsman  
   29.     Protection of the Ombudsman and officers of the Ombudsman  
   29A.    Exemption from Freedom of Information Act 1982  
   29B.    Evidence  
   30.     Penalties  
   30A.    Supreme Court—limitation of jurisdiction  
   31.     Rules of Parliament  
   32.     Administration of Act  

   PART VII--SAVING AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

   33.     Validity of certain actions taken by Ombudsman  
   34.     Transitional provision—complaints under the Freedom of Information Act 1982  
   35.     Transitional provisions—Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment Act 2012  
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