Our structure

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is located in Sydney and has two Branches. 

  • Dispute Resolution — is responsible for the OAIC's Enquiries lines, case management and carries out investigations in relation to compliance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) and the Freedom of Information Act 1982 ( FOI Act).

  • Regulation and Strategy — provides advice and guidance about the Privacy Act and the FOI Act, examines and drafts submissions on proposed legislation, conducts audits, and comments on inquiries and proposals that may have an impact on privacy, freedom of information ( FOI) and government information policy. This branch also supports the OAIC with corporate, communications, public affairs and website management services, and plays a key role in raising awareness about privacy and freedom of information rights and responsibilities.

The OAIC has two external committees established to advise the Commissioners:

Our current organisational chart

Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan
Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim
Freedom of Information CommissionerVacant
  • Dispute Resolution Branch Assistant Commissioner — Karen Toohey
    • Director — FOI Case Management
    • Director — Privacy Case Management
  • Regulation and Strategy Branch Assistant Commissioner — Angelene Falk
    • Director — Privacy Law and Practice
    • Director — Health and Audit
    • Director — Open Government, Technology and Regulation
    • Director — Strategic Communications and Coordination
    • Director — Manager Support Tools

You can also read our entry in the Government Online Directory.

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