Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA

Attorney General; Minister for Electoral Affairs

    Ombudsman to investigate delays in notifying families about deaths of loved ones

    2/03/2021 5:00 PM
    • Ombudsman WA to conduct independent investigation and report to Parliament 

    Ombudsman WA will investigate why the family of Joyce Savage was not notified of her death by the Office of the Public Advocate.


    Attorney General John Quigley today referred the matter to the Ombudsman, Chris Field, who has indicated he will conduct an investigation pursuant to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1971 (WA).


    In 2019 the Public Advocate was appointed as a limited guardian of Ms Savage with functions relating to accommodation, treatment and the provision of services.


    Mr Quigley said that this matter warranted an independent investigation into what happened.


    The Attorney General's office was made aware this afternoon of two other families who have raised concerns about delays in being notified of their loved ones' deaths.


    Mr Quigley has requested that details of these cases be forwarded to the Ombudsman for inclusion in his investigation.


    Further questions about the investigation should be directed to Ombudsman WA.


    Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:


    "I am pleased Mr Field has indicated his preparedness to investigate this matter.


    "The Ombudsman, the key agency responsible for investigating and resolving complaints about the decision-making of public agencies, reports to Parliament and is completely independent of the Government.


    "I am confident Mr Field will apply the rigour and forensic oversight this situation warrants.


    "I have been assured that his report will be tabled in the Parliament when it is completed."


    Attorney General's office - 6552 6800