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Annual report of NSW Commissioner

26 Annual report of NSW Commissioner

(1) As soon as practicable after 30 June (but before 31 December) in each year, the NSW Commissioner is to prepare and forward to the Attorney General a report on his or her activities for the 12 months ending on 30 June in that year.
(2) The Attorney General is to lay the annual report or cause it to be laid before both Houses of Parliament as soon as practicable after receiving the report.
(3) The NSW Commissioner is to include the following matters in the annual report--
(a) information on the operation of the complaints process during the year and any recommendations for legislative or other improvements to the complaints process,
(b) information about the financial affairs and accounts of the Office of the NSW Legal Services Commissioner (including costs incurred by the NSW Commissioner) during the year,
(c) a copy of a certificate of an auditor as to the outcome of any audit carried out under subsection (4) in relation to the year or any previous year if a copy of the certificate has not been included in an earlier annual report under this section,
(d) other information or matters that the NSW Commissioner considers appropriate to be included or that the Attorney General directs to be included.
(4) Information referred to in subsection (3)(b) is to be audited at least every 2 years. The NSW Commissioner and the Secretary are to enter into arrangements for the audit of the information.
(5) Matters included in an annual report must not identify individual clients, Australian lawyers or Australian-registered foreign lawyers unless their names have already lawfully been made public under another provision of this Act or under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) .
(6) The annual report need not include information forwarded to the Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation and included or intended to be included in the Commissioner's annual report under Part 4 of Schedule 2 to the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) .
Note : Section 440 of that Law deals with the provision of information by local regulatory authorities.

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