Office of the Information Commissioner
Territory: Queensland, Australia
Competence: Privacy/Data Protection and ATI/RTI
Year established: 1992
Number of staff: 40
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).