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Annual Report 2010–11: Preliminary pages

ISSN 1839-5155

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The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP
Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Minister

I have pleasure in submitting to you, for presentation to the Parliament, the first Annual Report for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) for the year ending 30 June 2011.

Subsection 63(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 requires that I give this report to you to be tabled in the Parliament.

Section 30 of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 requires the Information Commissioner to prepare an annual report on the OAIC’s operations, including a report on the freedom of information (FOI) matters and the privacy matters defined in sections 31 and 32. Most of the reporting on the FOI matters is included in the separate Freedom of Information Act 1982 Annual Report 2010–11.

I certify that the OAIC has prepared fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans and has in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection procedures and processes that meet the specific needs of the Office and comply with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines.

This report also covers the operation of the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner for the period July 2010 to October 2010.

I certify that this report has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports 2010–11.

Yours sincerely

Signature of John McMillan

Prof John McMillan
Australian Information Commissioner

12 October 2011

Contents

Appendices

Important information about this report

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) commenced operations on 1 November 2010 with the commencement of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010.  At the same time, the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner was integrated into the OAIC.

Schedule 7 to the Freedom of Information (Reform) Act 2010 provides that if a law required the Privacy Commissioner to provide a report in relation to a period ending after 1 November 2010, the Information Commissioner must provide the report as required.

The OAIC’s Annual Report therefore includes information, including financial statements, for the period 1 July 2010 to 31 October 2010 that would otherwise have been reported by the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner under the Privacy Act 1988.

The OAIC has produced a separate Freedom of Information Act 1982 Annual Report 2010–11 that contains the information specified in s 31 of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010.

Guide to the report

Use this guide to assist you in locating the pages of the report of interest to you.

Chapter 1. The OAIC: Challenges and opportunities

A summary of significant issues, developments and achievements during the year, and an outline of the year ahead.

Chapter 2. Organisation overview

Explains the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) role, functions and organisation structure and introduces its Commissioners. This section also provides an overview of the outcomes for the OAIC and the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Chapter 3. Promote and secure open government

Describes the OAIC’s key achievements in relation to its freedom of information functions, including handling enquiries and complaints, reviewing decisions, preparing for the implementation of the Information Publication Scheme and providing guidance and advice.

Chapter 4.Develop and implement information policy

Records the work of the OAIC in relation to its information policy functions, including thePrinciples on open public sector information.

Chapter 5. Promote and secure the protection of personal information

Describes the work of the OAIC in relation to its privacy functions, including handling enquiries and complaints, undertaking audits of government agencies, monitoring data-matching activities and providing guidance and advice.

Chapter 6. Communication and engagement

Outlines the OAIC’s promotional and educational activities. This includes networking with information contact officers across Australian and ACT Government departments and agencies, liaising with stakeholders in the private sector, engaging with the Australian community, handling media enquiries, maintaining the OAIC’s website and issuing publications and guidance material.  

Chapter 7. Management and Accountability

Contains an overview of the OAIC’s administrative arrangements, management of human resources and corporate governance.

Appendices
The appendices contain the financial statements and material to support other sections of this report.

Contact officer

For enquiries about this report or for copies please contact:

Director
Corporate and Public Affairs
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
GPO Box 5218
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Telephone: + 61 2 9284 9800
Fax: + 61 2 9284 9666
Email: enquiries@oaic.gov.au
Website: www.oaic.gov.au
Enquiries line: 1300 363 992 local call
TTY: 1800 620 241 no voice calls

This report is also available free of charge on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's website at www.oaic.gov.au/publications/reports.html.

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