Brief Description of Ombudsman SA for Law Students:
This webpage has been created by Adelaide University Law Student, Ms Alexandra Harris. It aims to highlight the role of Ombudsman SA, as well as identify how law students can apply for internship positions.
The Ombudsman is an independent statutory officer appointed under the Ombudsman Act 1972 (SA), answerable to the South Australian parliament.
- investigates complaints made by the public about the administrative acts of South Australian agencies such as state government departments, statutory authorities, local government councils and council members;
- conducts ‘own initiative’ investigations, and investigations on referral from the South Australian Parliament and the Independent Commission Against Corruption;
- conducts administrative audits of agencies;
- is an external review authority under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (SA);
- receives disclosures of public interest information under the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993 (SA).
As a law student, your role in contributing to this community focussed approach will be based on:
- reading files and helping to determine whether the complainant has a case to be made;
- developing case file chronologies;
- sitting in on and potentially conducting client interviews; as well as
- conducting legal research for audits and investigations.
Please click on the link below that corresponds with your educational institution for a description of the University courses offered to South Australian law students that link in with placements and internships at Ombudsman SA.