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Joint Western Australian/Commonwealth Ombudsmen office in Perth



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PRIME MINISTER

FOR PRESS 11 JULY 1978

JOINT WESTERN AUSTRALIAN/COMMONWEALTH OMBUDSMEN

OFFICE IN PERTH

The Western Australian Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations and the Commonwealth Ombudsman will soon share common office facilities in Perth.

The.move was announced today in a joint statement by the .

Prime Minister, Mr Fraser, and the Premier, Sir Charles Court.

It follows an agreement between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments which recognises the value of the Ombudsman concept in providing citizens with adequate avenues of redress concerning administrative actions taken by Commonwealth and State

officials.

The agreement illustrates the importance of co-operation between the Commonwealth Ombudsman and State Ombudsmen in order to facilitate the proper functioning of the Ombudsman concept in Australia.

The joint office, to be established at 44 St. George’s Terrace, will have a common telephone number .giving access to the Western Australian Parliamentary Commissioner and the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Shared areas and facilities in the joint office will include a Conference room, amenities room, interview room, main reception area, office equipment, and a receptionist.

Investigating officers from either the State or the Commonwealth will where appropriate assist with investigations for either office. -

Sir Charles said there would be real benefits to be gained through cost savings in shared facilities.

"The joint office will also eliminate the possibility of people becoming confused as to which agency they need to approach", the Premier said.

"Experience with inquiries made at the State Government Information Centre shows that many people have difficulty separating the areas of responsibility of State and Commonwealth Governments.

"Some are further confused by being unable to identify the role of local government.

"The planned joint office for Ombudsman services should eliminate the possibility of any confusion by providing a single contact point for both State and Commonwealth matters." .