Independence from government
The National Commissioner is independent from the Australian Government. This means the National Commissioner decides the focus of their work, what information they will request and how they will undertake their work.
The National Commissioner’s independence will be entrenched in legislation.
Subject to the requirements in legislation, the National Commissioner will report publically at least once a year on their functions, and the Australian Government must respond. The National Commissioner will monitor the Australian Government’s response to each report. If the National Commissioner considers adequate or appropriate action has not been taken, the National Commissioner may further inquire into, and/or highlight that issue in further public reports.