These decisions show the types of issues we deal with and what the Ombudsman expects of agencies, including recommendations for administrative improvement.

City of Charles Sturt - Declaration of interests (2015/05495)The Ombudsman investigated whether council members declared and appropriately managed relevant interests when seeking approval of discretionary ward allowances for the financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The Ombudsman found that one council member failed to appropriately declare an interest at a council meeting in 2015 and on his ordinary returns for 2014 and 2015.

City of Mitcham - Emergency order (2015/04839)

The Ombudsman investigated a complaint about the council’s failure to take action in relation to non-compliance with an emergency order issued by the council under the Development Act 1993 .

The Ombudsman did not find that the council acted in a manner that was unlawful, unreasonable or wrong.

Mid Murray Council - Breach of council employee code of conduct (2014/07944)No summary available.

City of Salisbury - Breach of council member code of conduct (2014/07042)No summary available.
Department for Education and Child Development - Removal of a foster child (2015/04666)No summary available.
Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Tender process (2013/07046)

The Ombudsman received an ICAC referral to investigate whether employees of the department committed misconduct or maladministration in organising a trip to New Zealand with an incumbent supplier during a tender process. The Ombudsman found that the employees did not commit misconduct or maladministration with the meaning of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources - Delay in payment of contractors (2014/03852)No summary available.
Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Employment with incumbent supplier (2013/07046)

The Ombudsman received an ICAC referral to investigate whether employees of the department committed misconduct or maladministration in granting leave without pay and allowing a departmental executive to work with an incumbent supplier during a tender process.  The Ombudsman found that the employees did not commit misconduct or maladministration with the meaning of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012.

Mid Murray Council - Breach of confidentiality (2015/00357)

The Ombudsman was asked to investigate an allegation that the council’s Chief Executive Officer had published confidential minutes in a council meeting agenda paper, contrary to the confidentiality provisions of the Local Government Act 1999.

The Ombudsman found that the council breached section 91(7) of the Local Government Act and that the Chief Executive Officer breached the Code of Conduct for Council Employees.

City of Playford - Breach of council member code of conduct (2014/02542)

The Ombudsman investigated a complaint alleging a breach of the Local Government Act 1999 and the Code of Conduct for Council Members by a council member from the City of Playford. It was found that the council member did not breach the Local Government Act and/or the Code of Conduct as he was not carrying out his function as a public officer at the time of the incident; he was acting in a personal capacity as a resident/property owner.