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1362.6 - Regional Statistics, Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/08/2003   
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In 2001-02, the Office of the Tasmanian Ombudsman closed 46 complaints about the administrative actions of local government authorities in the Northern Region.

The majority of complaints in the Northern Region were closed due to the ombudsman declining to investigate (19 complaints representing 41.3% of total complaints closed), followed by no defective administration (11 complaints representing 23.9% of total complaints closed) and discontinuation, withdrawal or lapse (10 complaints representing 21.7% of total complaints closed). Some 4 complaints were substantiated or partly substantiated, representing 8.7% of total complaints closed.

In 2001-02, the Launceston local government area recorded the greatest number of complaints closed (13 complaints representing 28.3% of total complaints closed), followed by Meander Valley with 7 complaints (15.2% of total complaints closed) and then Northern Midlands with 6 complaints (13.0% of total complaints closed).


COMPLAINTS TO THE OMBUDSMAN, By closure reason(a): Northern Region - 2001-02
No defective administration
Substantiated
(b)
Declined to investigate
(c)
Discontinued
(d)
Out of jurisdiction
Total

Local government authority
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Break O'Day
1
-
2
1
-
4
Dorset
1
-
2
2
-
5
Flinders
-
-
-
-
-
-
George Town
1
2
2
1
-
6
Launceston
2
-
7
2
2
13
Meander Valley
3
1
2
1
-
7
Northern Midlands
1
1
3
1
-
6
West Tamar
2
-
1
2
-
5
Total
11
4
19
10
2
46

- nil or rounded to zero
(a) Only includes cases which have been closed, and where the reason for closure has been ascertained/recorded.
(b) Includes cases where the complaint was partly substantiated.
(c) Includes cases where the ombudsman was incapable of making a determination.
(d) Includes cases that lapsed or were withdrawn.


Source: Office of the Tasmanian Ombudsman, Annual Report 2001-2002.


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