NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced the appointment of Professor John McMillan AO as NSW Ombudsman, succeeding Bruce Barbour, whose term concludes on 30 June.
At his own request, and because he is aged 65, Professor McMillan has been appointed in an acting capacity for a two-year term.
Professor McMillan is the inaugural Australian Information Commissioner and was Commonwealth Ombudsman between 2003 and 2010. He is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University.
“I welcome the appointment of Professor McMillan, whose skills and experience put him in an ideal position to help ensure our public agencies maintain a world’s-best level of performance,” Mr Baird said.
“Professor McMillan will take over responsibility for Operation Prospect, which Mr Barbour has progressed to its concluding stages, and I look forward to a comprehensive report as soon as possible.
“Finally, I would like to commend Mr Barbour for his service to NSW,” Mr Baird said.