Accountability and Oversight
The Accountability and Oversight Committee is a joint investigatory committee of the Parliament of Victoria. In the 58th Parliament, its members were appointed on 16 April 2015.
The committee has a number of functions, including:
• monitoring, reviewing and reporting to Parliament on the performance of the Victorian Information Commissioner
• examining the annual report, and any other reports, of the Victorian Information Commissioner
• inquiring into freedom of information matters referred to the committee by Parliament
• monitoring, reviewing and reporting to Parliament on the performance of the Ombudsman
• examination of any reports by the Ombudsman that are tabled in Parliament
• monitoring, reviewing and reporting to Parliament on the performance of the Victorian Inspectorate regarding Ombudsman officers and the Judicial Commission.
The Committee’s function is to monitor, review and report to the Parliament on the overall performance of the Victorian Ombudsman, the Victorian Information Commissioner and the Victorian Inspectorate regarding Ombudsman officers.
The Committee is not an alternative review body. As such, it cannot review any individual decision, finding or determination by the Victorian Ombudsman, Victorian Information Commissioner or the Victorian Inspectorate.
Where evidence is presented that a complaint or review was not handled in a correct and fair manner, the Committee can make further enquiries. Please note, however, that the original decision cannot be changed as a result of such enquiries.
|Inquiry into methodologies and outcomes from Victorian Ombudsman reports tabled in the Parliament|