Investigates & conciliates complaints of discrimination and breaches of human rights against the Commonwealth under the following acts: Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986, Racial Discrimination Act 1975, Sex Discrimination Act 1984, Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Age Discrimination Act 2004
National Information Service: 10-4pm
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) provide information and assistance to small businesses and family enterprises, including referral to dispute resolution services.
The ASBFEO information line is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and is closed on Australian National Public Holidays.
The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman safeguards the community in its dealings with the Australian Government. We also have oversight of some private sector organisations.
If an Australian Government agency has treated you unfairly or unreasonably, we can help you find a solution. Our service is free and we are independent.
We make sure the actions of agencies are fair and responsible by:
- handling complaints
- conducting investigations
- performing audits and inspections
- encouraging good administration.
We have the following specialist roles:
- Private Health Insurance
- Overseas Students
- VET Student Loans
- the Postal Industry
- the Defence Force
- Law Enforcement
- the Australian Capital Territory Ombudsman
We are also responsible for:
- oversight of the Commonwealth Public Interest Disclosure scheme
- inspection and monitoring of certain covert and intrusive powers by police and other law enforcement agencies.
The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to work with employees, employers, contractors and the community to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplaces. The Fair Work Ombudsman will investigate workplace complaints and enforce compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.
The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman is to work with employees, employers, contractors and the community to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. The Fair Work Ombudsman will investigate workplace complaints and enforce compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.
The Financial Ombudsman Service fairly and independently resolves disputes between consumers, including some small businesses and member financial service providers.
The independent dispute resolution processes cover financial services disputes including banking, credit loans, general insurance, life insurance, financial planning, investments, stock brokers, managed funds and pooled superannuation trusts. They also cover estate planning, estate management and trustee services.
This service is free for consumers.
IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights.
Available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Investigates complaints made about administrative actions of Tasmania Government Departments, most statutory authorities & Local Government.
The Postal Industry Ombudsman (PIO) is an independent body that investigates complaints about the postal and courier industry. The PIO can investigate complaints about Australia Post, or about any other postal or courier operators that register with the scheme.
Online complaints form – https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=oco-complaint-form
The Commonwealth Ombudsman provides an independent and impartial service, protecting the interests of private health insurance consumers. The Ombudsman can take complaints from health fund members, health funds, hospitals and medical practitioners. Complainants should try to resolve their complaint directly with their private health insurer before contacting the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.