Ombudsmen Act 1975

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Reprint as at 24 October 2018

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Ombudsmen Act 1975

Public Act
1975 No 9
Date of assent
26 June 1975
see section 1

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
4Ombudsmen to hold no other office
5Term of office of Ombudsmen
6Removal or suspension from office
7Filling of vacancy
8Temporary appointments of Ombudsmen
9Salaries and allowances of Ombudsmen
10Oath to be taken by Ombudsmen
12Superannuation or retiring allowances of Ombudsmen and staff
13Functions of Ombudsmen
14Limitation of time for certain complaints in respect of local organisations
15House of Representatives may make rules for guidance of Ombudsmen
16Mode of complaint
17Ombudsman may refuse to investigate complaint
17AReferral of complaint to Privacy Commissioner
17BReferral of complaint to Health and Disability Commissioner
17CReferral of complaint to Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
18Proceedings of Ombudsmen
20Disclosure of certain matters not to be required
21Ombudsmen and staff to maintain secrecy
21AConsultation with Privacy Commissioner
21BConsultation with Health and Disability Commissioner
21CConsultation with Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
22Procedure after investigation
23Ombudsman may require publication of summary of report
24Complainant to be informed of result of investigation
25Proceedings not to be questioned or to be subject to review
26Proceedings privileged
27Power of entry on premises
28Delegation of powers by Ombudsman
28AProtection of name
29Annual report
31Money to be appropriated by Parliament for purposes of this Act
32Power to amend Schedule 1 by Order in Council
32ACrimes of Torture Act 1989 not limited
33Repeals, amendment, and savings
Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the Parliamentary Commissioner (Ombudsman) Act 1962