This month, Perth will host the ‘29th Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region Conference’. This year’s conference is themed ‘Connections in our Australasian-Pacific Region’ and will be attended by delegates from across the Australasian and Pacific Ombudsman Region (APOR) – a chapter of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).
Mr Chris Field, Western Australian Ombudsman said, ‘the conference seeks to explore the present and future challenges and opportunities for the institution of the Ombudsman in the Australasian and Pacific Region in enhancing citizens’ redress, undertaking major investigations intended to improve the administration of the laws of Parliament, and supporting the rule of law as well as working collaboratively with developing nations in our region’.
‘As Second Vice President of the IOI and Ombudsman of Western Australia, I am absolutely delighted to welcome my valued colleagues to our wonderful city and great state. Importantly, the conference will include a session on engagement with First Peoples. This session will consider the criticality of service delivery and engagement by Ombudsman offices that comprehensively acknowledges, deeply respects and fully supports the unique history, culture and circumstances of First Peoples’, Mr Field said.
The conference is part of a three day program—commencing on Monday 27 November 2017—with delegates being welcomed at a Reception at Parliament House hosted by Hon. Peter Watson MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, followed by the conference on Tuesday and a business meeting and optional investigations training program on the Wednesday.