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

Kangaroo Island Council (2020/04017)No summary available.
Kangaroo Island Council (2019/06227)

The Ombudsman investigated the Kangaroo Island Council in relation to its handling of its response to the Environmental Impact Statement concerning the development of a new deep-sea port. The Ombudsman investigated whether it was wrong for the council’s informal gathering of 7 May 2019 to be held in confidence, and whether a decision was made at the informal gathering, contrary to law. The Ombudsman found no error in relation to these two issues.

The Ombudsman also investigated whether it was wrong for the council’s Special Council Meeting of 16 May 2019 to be held in confidence. At this council meeting, the council finalised its response to the Environmental Impact Statement. The Ombudsman found that the council had no appropriate basis to hold this meeting in confidence and thus had acted in a way that was wrong. The Ombudsman made one recommendation.