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Complaints data

Read our complaints data here.

We received well over 4000 complaints again last year.

Number of complaints

Financial Year to 30 June
Complaints 6051* 4257 3882 3026 2592 2614 2441 2515 2193 1997

*includes 1928 complaints related to the Parliament Protest

Types of complaints

The most common complaints were over:

  • the Parliament Protest
  • inadequate investigation
  • officer's attitude and language
  • inadequate service
  • use of force without a weapon.

Police shootings

As at 30 June 2022 we were actively investigating eight cases involving police shootings. This number has subsequently increased.

There were ten Police shooting incidents in the previous financial year. 

Reports and investigations

In 2021/2022 we released 39 public reports detailing findings from our independent investigations and oversaw 215 Police investigations. In addition to our core investigative work, and setting up the Parliament Protest Review, we have also advanced, and were nearing the completion of, important thematic review work at the close of the 2021/22 year. 

We had 289 ongoing open investigations at 30 June 2022. These complaints were of the most serious type and required independent investigation or oversight.

They included allegations of serious assaults by Police officers, failures by Police to adequately investigate serious matters and deaths or injuries following Police pursuits.

Read our latest Annual Report (PDF 2.81 MB) for more detail.


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