Richard Connock Re-appointed To Office Of Ombudsman

Richard Connock Re-appointed To Office Of Ombudsman

Tasmania Attorney-General Elise Archer

Ombudsman Re-appointed

Victor P Taffa

Attorney-General Elise Archer has announced that Richard Connock has been re-appointed to the position of Ombudsman ensuring the continuity of the operation of the Office of the Ombudsman and the related roles.

Mr. Connock has served in this position, which incorporates the roles of Health Complaints Commissioner, Custodial Inspector, Principal Official Visitor and Co-ordinator of the Official Visitors Scheme, since 2015.

He was Director of the Office of the Ombudsman from 2007 until 2015 and worked as a solicitor and later a barrister between 1982-2000.

Appointment is for 5 years as Ombudsman, Health Complaints Commissioner, Custodial Inspector and Principal Official Visitor, and for 3 years as Co-ordinator of the Official Visitors Scheme.

It follows the Hodgman Government increasing funding of $245,000 per year for the Office of the Ombudsman in the 2019-20 State Budget to support the Office of the Ombudsman’s Right to Information work.

“This funding will enable the recruitment of a new Principal Officer and new Investigation and Review Officer to increase the capacity of the Office in relation to Right to Information requests.” Attorney-General Archer said.