Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Head of authority: Angelene Falk
Ms Falk was appointed Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner in August 2018. Ms Falk is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), and is a co-chair of the ICDPPC Digital Citizen and Consumer Working Group. She is also a member of Australia’s National Data Advisory Council.
Over the past decade Ms Falk has worked extensively with Australian Government agencies, across the private sector and internationally, at the forefront of addressing regulatory challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly evolving technology and potential uses of data.
Competence: Privacy / Data Protection and ATI/RTI
Year established: Federal
Number of staff: 89
Address: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001
Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC)
New South Wales (Australia)
Head of authority: Elizabeth Tydd. NSW Information Commissioner, IPC CEO, NSW Open Data Advocate
Competence: Privacy / Data Protection and ATI/RTI
Year established: 2011
Number of staff: 35
Elizabeth Tydd was appointed NSW Information Commissioner and CEO of the Information and Privacy Commission NSW in 2013. In April 2016, in addition to her current role, she was appointed NSW Open Data Advocate.
Ms Tydd has extensive regulatory and governance experience at an executive and Board level, in a range of jurisdictions and industries including commercial, not for profit and public sector oversight. Ms Tydd holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney, as well as post graduate certificates in executive management and governance. She has occupied a number of significant statutory roles, including Deputy President of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission and Deputy Chairperson of the former Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal.
Address: Level 15, McKell Building, 2-24 Rawson Place, Haymarket NSW, Australia 2000
Office of the Information Commissioner
Head of authority: Rachael Rangihaeata
Appointed as Information Commissioner on 20 September 2013, Rachael champions proactive disclosure of, and appropriate privacy safeguards for, information held by Queensland government agencies. Rachael and her leadership team engage with agency leaders to promote cultures that build trust through transparency in their oversight and support functions. The external review function provides independent, timely and fair reviews of access decisions made by government Ministers and agencies. Audit reports to Parliament on right to information and privacy compliance and good practice have focused agencies on action required on significant contemporary issues. Rachael and her team support agencies to take action to adopt better RTI and IP practices, including, proactive disclosure, privacy by design administrative access, and pro-disclosure bias in formal access application decision-making.
Prior to her appointment as Information Commissioner, Rachael held senior leadership positions across all functions of the Office of the Information Commissioner since 2005. Rachael has over 20 years public sector experience, having also worked in various roles within the Queensland State and Commonwealth public service, primarily in strategic and legislative policy. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Science (AES) and Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership (PSM).
Territory: Queensland, Australia
Competence: Privacy/Data Protection and ATI/RTI
Year established: 1992
Number of staff: 40
133 Mary Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
Head of authority: Sven Bluemmel, Information Commissioner
Sven Bluemmel was appointed as the Victorian Information Commissioner in 2017. Before this, Mr Bluemmel served as Western Australian Information Commissioner for eight years.
Mr Bluemmel has held senior positions in the Western Australian Public Sector Commission, the Department of Premier and Cabinet (WA) and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Mr Bluemmel previously practised information and privacy law in the private sector.
Mr Bluemmel is a fellow of Leadership Western Australia and served as President of the Institute of Public Administration in Western Australia for three years. Mr Bluemmel holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University.
Territory: Victoria, Australia
Competence: Privacy/Data Protection and ATI/RT
Year established: 2017
Number of staff: 55
Address: 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
Postal address: PO Box 24274, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3001
Office of the Information Commissioner (Western Australia)
Western Australia (Australia)
Head of authority: Catherine Fletcher
Catherine Fletcher is the Information Commissioner for Western Australia (WA) having been appointed fora five year term in July 2019 following 12 months as the Acting Information Commissioner. As Information Commissioner, Catherine is also an ex-officio State Records Commissioner.
Catherine holds legal and business management qualifications from UWA (1990, 1991 and 1997) and was admitted to legal practice in WA in 1991.
For most of her career, Catherine has worked as a legal officer in the public sector at both State and Commonwealth agencies.In addition to her legal work Catherine has held numerous voluntary roles on boards and committees involved in the law.
Catherine has also been involved with judging feminist-legal writing and history writing competitions.
Competence: ATI/RTI only
Year established: 1993
Number of staff: 12
Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA)
Address: Albert Facey House, 469 Wellington Street, Perth, WA 6000
Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata
Head of authority: Peter Boshier
Peter Boshier is Chief Ombudsman for New Zealand. He was appointed in December 2015, following a distinguished career as a Judge, and in May 2020 was reappointed for a second five-year term.
He has previously held the positions of Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand, a Law Commissioner, and President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
As Chief Ombudsman, Peter’s focus has been on a faster and more effective resolution of Official Information Act and other complaints, working with government agencies to improve their practices and strengthening his team’s investigation and monitoring of prisons and public mental health facilities.
Territory: New Zealand
Year established: 1962
Number of staff: Over 200
Address: Office of the Ombudsman, PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143