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Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Portfolio Budget Statements 2019-20

Provision of public access to Commonwealth Government information, protection of individuals’ personal information, and performance of information commissioner, freedom of information and privacy functions.

Strategic direction statement

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is an Australian Government entity established under the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010.

The functions of the OAIC are:

  1. Information Commissioner functions – performing strategic functions relating to information management in the Australian Government;
  2. privacy functions – particularly ensuring proper handling of personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and other legislation;
  3. freedom of information (FOI) functions – particularly protecting the public’s right of access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

In 2019-20, the major areas of focus for the OAIC will be:

  1. implementing and regulating the Consumer Data Right scheme, including performing regulatory functions and working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission;
  2. developing rules for digital platforms and implementing enforcement powers to ensure that personal information is handled in a way that is transparent, secure and accountable;
  3. developing the privacy management capabilities of Australian Government agencies and businesses, and promoting privacy best practice;
  4. developing the FOI capabilities of Australian Government agencies and ministers, promoting FOI best practice and engaging with the Open Government Partnership.