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Time frame: January-February 2000
The objectives of this study tour were to provide participants from Mozambique's Ministry of Justice with:
- an in-depth understanding of governance and anti-corruption organisations in the Australian context and a comparison with existing overseas models;
- the information required to enable them, with follow up technical assistance, to specify the legislation required to establish an Ombudsman's agency and/or anti-corruption body in a form appropriate to Mozambique's needs;
- an insight into developing & structuring a constructive relationship between the Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General's Office and the Courts.
In order to do this, Educo identified, selected and briefed the advisory team and organised an intensive study tour of the major Australian ombudsman offices, anti-corruption, human rights and consumer protection organisations, including:
- Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Commonwealth Parliament Senate Committees;
- High Court of Australia; Commonwealth Ombudsman; Attorney-General's Department;
- Centre for International and Public Law, Faculty of Law, and National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University;
- NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption; NSW Ombudsman's Office;
- Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission; Federal Privacy Commission; and Western Australian Ombudsman.
Briefings were given by each organisation and interpreting and background information provided by an Educo specialist consultant. The study tour participants produced a report each evening following the visits. With the assistance of our consultants, these reports were consolidated into a study tour report prior to the participants' departure.