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The DCJ Complaints and Feedback Management Policy aims to:
Housing Contact Centre (client feedback option)
Community Services Enquiry, Feedback and Complaints Unit
Service providers can make contracting complaints to DCJ about DCJ or about the services or management practices of an organisation funded by DCJ.
Direct a complaint about a DCJ funded contract to the relevant DCJ contract manager. Alternatively, consult the Funded Contract Management Framework page, Issues and complaints tab, for other ways to make a contracting complaint.
Complaints about an organisation funded by DCJ to provide services on its behalf, in relation to accessing a service, service delivery, or the organisation’s management practices can be made directly to the organisation in question, or to DCJ via the DCJ Your Feedback widget.
You may wish to contact the Assisted Boarding Houses Team to provide comments, enquiries, complaints or feedback.
Assisted Boarding Houses team
If you are concerned about the manner in which DCJ has handled your personal or health information under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and or the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW), you may contact the Open Government, Information and Privacy Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by telephone on (02) 9716 2662.
To make a complaint or provide feedback on any other matter relating to DCJ, please submit your feedback using the Your Feedback widget on this page.
Your feedback is important to us, whether you have a complaint, a suggestion or a compliment. We value all feedback, because it helps us improve our services.
For all other complaints, please see the following information.
You should firstly contact the staff member you were dealing with, or the staff member's supervisor.
If you have a complaint that is serious or complex, it is generally best to put it in writing.
You can provide feedback to us about:
Please note that we cannot:
Courts and tribunals are separate from Government. The Attorney General and this Department do not have the power to overturn a decision of a court or tribunal.
If you are dissatisfied with a decision of a court or tribunal, you may enquire about your appeal options. Registry staff in courts and tribunals can explain appeal procedures. However Registry staff cannot give you legal advice or recommend what action you should take. If you need a referral to a lawyer or other legal information and assistance, you can contact Law Access NSW.
The Attorney General and this Department do not have the power to investigate the conduct of judicial officers, such as judges and magistrates.
The Judicial Commission of NSW receives complaints about judicial officers. More information is available on the Commission's website at www.judcom.nsw.gov.au.
However we can get information from these authorities that may better explain the decision for you.
If your feedback is about an agency which is not part of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, you should provide your feedback directly to the agency concerned. Alternatively you may wish to write to the relevant Minister. If you have a complaint about the administration of a NSW public sector agency, you can contact the NSW Ombudsman.
For further information. please see our fact sheets in the top right of this webpage.
You should briefly state your concern, and tell us what happened. Make sure you also include:
While we can handle your complaint confidentially, this may limit our ability to examine or resolve your concerns. If this is the case, we will contact you to discuss the issue, before taking further action.
If you have a disability, or if you do not understand English well, we can assist you with providing feedback or making a complaint. Just let us know:
We cannot provide you with legal advice. If you need a referral to a lawyer or other legal information and assistance, you can contact Law Access NSW.
Generally, we will provide an acknowledgement to your feedback within 3 business days and a response to your complaint within 21 business days of receipt. If a complaint is serious or complex, it may take longer. If our response to your complaint is likely to be significantly delayed, we will let you know about the delay. If possible, we will also give you an estimated timeframe for our response.
If your complaint is justified, we can do one or more of the following:
If you have made a compliant to us and you are dissatisfied with the response, you can write and ask for the area which handled your complaint to conduct an internal review. This means that another, more senior staff member will look again at your complaint, and decide whether or not it was handled fairly and reasonable steps were taken to resolve the issue.
Alternatively, you can ask the NSW Ombudsman to review your complaint. The NSW Ombudsman is an independent integrity agency that holds NSW government agencies and certain non-government organisations accountable to the people of NSW. The NSW Ombudsman aims to improve the way public and community services are managed by working with state and local government agencies, and some child and family service providers.
Refer to our FAQ sheet, Complaints about other public sector agencies for information about the role of the NSW Ombudsman, information about the complaint handling process and how to make a complaint online.
You may also consider seeking a referral of your complaint to mediation. Community Justice Centres provide free, voluntary mediation services, to help people understand each other's point of view and work together to reach an acceptable agreement. However please note that not all complaints will be suitable for mediation. In addition, since mediation is voluntary, the business centre about which you are complaining will need to agree to entering into mediation.
The law requires us to protect your personal information, and not to disclose it to another person or body except in certain circumstances. For more information, you can visit the Justice Legal website or the Information and Privacy Commission website.
When examining your complaint, it may be necessary for us to seek information about your concerns from other staff members and other areas of the Department. If you want us to handle your complaint confidentially within the Department, please let us know. While we can handle your complaint confidentially, this may limit our ability to examine or resolve your concerns. If this is the case, we will contact you to discuss the issue, before taking further action.
The Department's commitment to effective complaints and feedback handling is documented in our Managing Complaints and Feedback Policy (PDF, 341kb)
To find out how to get in contact directly with someone from one of the justice divisions of the Department of Communities and Justice contact us.
19 May 2023