The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is an independent statutory agency within the Attorney General's portfolio.
The OAIC has three primary functions:
The OAIC's responsibilities include:
The agency is headed by the Australian Information Commissioner.
Our ABN is 85 249 230 937.
The OAIC is responsible for privacy functions that are conferred by the Privacy Act and other laws. Under the Privacy Act a person can make a complaint to us about the handling of their personal information by Australian, ACT and Norfolk Island government agencies and private sector organisations covered by the Privacy Act.
The OAIC also has the power to:
The OAIC has a range of responsibilities under other laws, including laws relating to data matching, eHealth, spent convictions and tax file numbers. For further information about these responsibilities see our Privacy Act and Other legislation sections.
The OAIC provides information and advice on privacy to individuals, businesses and agencies via our enquiries line.
For more information and advice, please see the Individuals sections of this site.
The OAIC has FOI functions, including the oversight of the operation of the FOI Act and review of decisions made by agencies and ministers under that Act. If a person is dissatisfied with the result of an FOI request, they may seek review by the OAIC.
A person may also complain to us if they are unhappy with the manner in which their request was handled by an agency. The OAIC may initiate an own motion investigation (OMI). Reports on previous OMIs can be found in our FOI OMI reports section.
The OAIC can also provide information and advice on FOI to individuals and agencies, via our enquiries line.
For more information and advice, please see the FOI review process section of this website.
The OAIC oversees government information policy functions. This function is conferred on the Information Commissioner by the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010. The Information Commissioner reports to the Attorney-General on matters relating to Australian Government information management policy and practice, including FOI and privacy.
To find out more about the OAIC’s role in providing information policy advice, please see the Information policy section of this site.
To find out what information we can provide to you, and how to obtain it, look at our Access to Information page.
The OAIC works with a large network of other organisations and committees, both nationally and internationally. If you would like more information about this, you can find it on our Networks page.
Information on careers with the OAIC can be found on Careers page.