We provide high quality, low cost training to public sector officers across Queensland to help improve fairness in public administration. Training can be delivered face-to-face, in compliance with all published COVID-19 guidelines, or via webinar. For further information, see the training booklet (PDF 538.6KB).
Our training covers topics such as the principles of good and ethical decision-making, how to effectively manage complaints and the importance of recordkeeping. Courses available:
The benefits of training are that it:
- helps you manage complex decisions, minimising the need for external review
- gives you the skills to deal with complaints
- explains the latest legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines.
Ombudsman trainers are experienced senior officers. Their experience encompasses legal, compliance and regulatory positions and investigative and audit roles. They understand the skills that public sector officers require when dealing with the public, and apply their knowledge to help officers improve decision-making, complaints management and ethical awareness.
Please do not attend face-to-face training if you have COVID-19 symptoms, are unwell, have been overseas or to a COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days preceding training, or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
Interactive, real world experience
This training provides a fully interactive experience and uses de-identified cases and scenarios to help manage the challenges faced at work every day. Training programs are based on active participation so that attendees can share their knowledge and learn from the trainers.
Webinar open sessions are a great opportunity for any officer, in Queensland to participate in interactive training. Face-to-face open sessions are offered in Brisbane for up to 25 officers per session. Joining an open session is subject to availability, with full catering included for face-to-face sessions.
Want to hold your own session? Group sessions are a more cost-effective option if there are more than 10 staff from the same agency. Face-to-face or webinar delivery options are available (depending on location).
Trainers may be able to tailor the training to meet your needs if adequate notice is provided. Additional costs may apply if extensive tailoring is required.
Tailored sessions are based on your requirements and we will work with you to ensure that it is relevant to your agency. This is a cost-effective way to train staff and provides the opportunity to work with experienced Ombudsman officers in an informal setting.
In face-to-face group sessions, catering and venue are to be arranged by the booking agency. We can also deliver training via the webinar collaboration tool of your choice. Zoom, Microsoft Teams and GoToWebinar are popular options.
No refund will be given for cancellations, however you can reschedule training for a later date, subject to suitable notification. For further information, see Terms and conditions group sessions (PDF 150.8KB) or Terms and conditions open sessions (PDF 149.5KB).
Improve the quality of decision-making and administrative practice in government agencies
The Ombudsman Act 2001 provides two roles for the Office of the Queensland Ombudsman. The first is to give people a fair and independent way of challenging the decisions or actions of public sector agencies. The second role is to help agencies improve their decision-making and administrative practice. This advisory role aims to build agency capacity in complaints management, ethical awareness and good decision-making.
State departments and public service offices are required to develop and maintain a system for managing customer complaints which complies with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 10002:2014 Guidelines for complaint management in organisations. The Local Government Regulation 2012 requires all local governments to implement a complaints management system that records, monitors and reports complaints.
It is essential that public sector agencies ensure that their officers are able to make ethical decisions, manage complaints and investigations and comply with relevant legislation, guidelines and directives. Developing the necessary skills of officers within each agency is a key element to ensuring that the Queensland public can have confidence in the decisions made within the agency and that any areas of concern or dissatisfaction are quickly and effectively addressed.