24 July 2022

Attorney-General appoints new Commonwealth Ombudsman

| Ian Bushnell
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Commonwealth Ombudsman Iain Anderson

New Commonwealth Ombudsman Iain Anderson has enjoyed a 31-year career in the APS. Photo: IPAA.

The position of Commonwealth Ombudsman has finally been filled almost a year since the retirement of Michael Manthorpe.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced the appointment of Iain Anderson, a Deputy Secretary at the Attorney-General’s Department, to the role.

Mr Drefus said Mr Anderson was a highly experienced public servant with 31 years of service – 24 of those in Senior Executive Service positions.

“Mr Anderson’s experience extends across a variety of Commonwealth departments and agencies and across a wide range of legal and social policy areas,” he said.

“On behalf of the Australian Government I congratulate Mr Anderson on his appointment and wish him well as he undertakes the important role of providing assurance that Australian government entities are acting with integrity.”

Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Economics (1987) and a Bachelor of Laws (1990) from the University of Sydney.

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His 31 years in the Australian Public Service has included roles with the Australian Government Solicitor, the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Taxation Office and the Attorney-General’s Department.

He will commence his appointment as Ombudsman on 1 August.

Mr Dreyfus also thanked the Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman, Penny McKay, for acting as Ombudsman while the selection process to fill the vacancy was conducted.

Ms McKay has been Acting Commonwealth Ombudsman since 1 August 2021, following Mr Manthorpe’s retirement.

She was appointed Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman for a five-year term on 23 July 2020.

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