New Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman named

By Jerome Doraisamy|27 July 2020
New Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman named

The Morrison government has appointed a new Deputy Ombudsman to serve a five-year term.

Penny McKay has been appointed as a deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman, who will assist the Commonwealth Ombudsman with strategic leadership and day-to-day management, in addition to the development of policies, systems and processes for effective and timely investigations and compliance audits.

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Ms McKay, who was admitted in 1999, has served as first assistant secretary at the Department of Home Affairs since March of this year. Prior to that, she has been general counsel for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, director of the Royal Commission into the Protection of and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and principal legal officer for the Commonwealth DPP.

In a statement, acting Attorney-General Mathias Cormann said that Ms McKay will commence her new role on 10 August 2020, replacing Jaala Hinchcliffe who was appointed as Integrity Commissioner in February 2020.

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