Brief Description of Ombudsman SA for Law Students:
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.