OAIC to continue to supervise privacy and freedom of information

The Commonwealth Government has decided not to proceed with its proposed changes to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) which supervises the privacy and freedom of information (FOI) laws.

Accordingly, the OAIC will continue its privacy and FOI functions. Since the 2014–15 Budget the OAIC has been operating on reduced funding, with uncertainty about its administration.


The OAIC currently has one commissioner: the Information Commissioner who exercises both the privacy and FOI functions.

The Commissioner has extensive powers under the Privacy Act to take enforcement action: More.

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