Our inspections role

Our inspections role

Monitoring and inspections

The ACT Ombudsman has statutory responsibility for inspecting the records of law enforcement agencies in relation to the use of covert powers under ACT legislation. The ACT Ombudsman also has the function of monitoring the management of the ACT child sex offenders register. We inspect records relating to the regimes below.

Surveillance devices

Surveillance devices are typically listening devices, cameras and tracking devices that are used to gather information for criminal investigations.

The ACT Ombudsman has the function of determining the extent of compliance by a law enforcement agency and its law enforcement officers with the Crimes (Surveillance Devices) Act 2010 (ACT). The ACT Ombudsman must give a written report, which forms a part of the ACT Ombudsman's annual report, on the results of each inspection undertaken in the preceding financial year.

Controlled operations

A controlled operation is a covert operation carried out by law enforcement officers for the purpose of obtaining evidence that may lead to the prosecution of a person for a relevant offence. An authority to conduct a controlled operation permits, within limits, a law enforcement officer to engage in conduct that might otherwise constitute an offence.

The ACT Ombudsman has the function of determining the extent of compliance by a law enforcement agency and its law enforcement officers with the Crimes (Controlled Operations) Act 2008 (ACT). The ACT Ombudsman must give a written report, which forms a part of the ACT Ombudsman's annual report, on the results of each inspection undertaken in the preceding financial year.

Assumed identities

An assumed identity is a false identity that is used by a law enforcement officer, or another person, for a period of time for the purpose of investigations and intelligence gathering in relation to criminal activity.

The ACT Ombudsman has the function of determining the extent of compliance by a law enforcement agency and its law enforcement officers with the Crimes (Assumed Identities) Act 2009 (ACT). The ACT Ombudsman must give a written report, which forms a part of the ACT Ombudsman's annual report, on the results of each inspection undertaken in the preceding financial year.

Child sex offenders register

The Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act 2005 (ACT) requires persons convicted of sexual offences against children who reside in the ACT and who have been released from government custody to keep police informed of their whereabouts and other personal details for a period of time.

Chapter 4 of the Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Act provides for the establishment of a register of child sex offenders, which is kept up to date through mandatory reporting by offenders.

The ACT Ombudsman is responsible for monitoring compliance with Chapter 4 by the Chief Police Officer of ACT Policing and other people authorised by the Chief Police Officer to access the child sex offenders register. The ACT Ombudsman may give the Minister for Police and Emergency Services a written report on the results of any inspections conducted. A summary of the results can also be found in the ACT Ombudsman's annual report.