Michael Manthorpe PSM was appointed by the Australian Government to the role of Commonwealth Ombudsman for a five year term commencing on 8 May 2017. He is the 10th Commonwealth Ombudsman since the Office’s inception in 1977. Prior to his appointment, Mr Manthorpe was a career Australian public servant. Most recently, he held Deputy Secretary level positions at the then Department of Immigration and Border Protection, where he was responsible for the global delivery of Australia’s visa, citizenship and refugee programs. For 25 years he worked in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolios. Mr Manthorpe was a recipient of the Public Service Medal in 2010, and a Wolfensohn Scholarship in 2016 to extend his public policy and leadership skills at the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States.