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Annual Report 2013–14 — Preliminary pages

Report contents

  1. Message from the Australian Information Commissioner, Prof. John McMillan
  2. Message from the Freedom of Information Commissioner, James Popple
  3. Message from the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim
  4. OAIC Achievements

Part A Corporate

  1. Chapter One — Year in review
  2. Chapter Two — Organisation overview
  3. Chapter Three — Management and accountability
  4. Chapter Four — Communication and engagement

Part B Develop and implement information policy

  1. Chapter Five — Develop and implement information policy

Part C Promote and secure the protection of personal information

  1. Chapter Six — Privacy policy and law reform
  2. Chapter Seven — Privacy compliance

Part D Promote and secure open government

  1. Chapter Eight — Freedom of information policy and compliance
  2. Chapter Nine — Agency freedom of information

Appendices

  1. Appendix One — Agency resource statement and resources for outcomes
  2. Appendix Two — Financial statements 2013–14
  3. Appendix Three — Information Publication Scheme
  4. Appendix Four — Agencies subject to the FOI Act as at 30 June 2014
  5. Appendix Five — Memorandums of Understanding
  6. Appendix Six — Speeches and presentations by Commissioners
  7. Appendix Seven — Committee members
  8. Appendix Eight — Acronyms
  9. Appendix Nine — List of requirements

ISSN 1839-5155

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Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Attorney-General
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Attorney

I have pleasure in submitting to you, for presentation to the Parliament, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's (OAIC) Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2014.

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 (AIC Act) requires the Information Commissioner to prepare an annual report under section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 on the OAIC's operations, including a report on freedom of information matters (defined in section 31 of the AIC Act) and privacy matters (defined in section 32 of the AIC Act).

The Annual Report includes reports on data collected from Australian Government ministers and agencies in relation to activity under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

I certify that the OAIC has prepared a fraud risk assessment and fraud control plan and has in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection procedures and processes that meet the specific needs of the OAIC. The OAIC has taken all reasonable measures to minimise the incidence of fraud.

I certify that this report has been prepared in accordance with the Requirements for Annual Reports 2014.

Yours sincerely

Signature of John McMillan

Prof John McMillan
Australian Information Commissioner

23 September 2014

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Important information about this report

This Annual Report records the activities of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) for 2013–14. It reports on 'freedom of information matters' and 'privacy matters', as required by ss 30, 31 and 32 of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010.

In each reporting year from 1982–83 until 2010–11, a separate report on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) was provided to Parliament, as required by s 93 of the FOI Act. These freedom of information (FOI) annual reports were prepared using data collected from Australian Government ministers and agencies subject to the FOI Act. In 2010–11, the FOI Annual Report was provided jointly by the Information Commissioner and the then Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information.

A separate FOI Annual Report has not been published since 2010–11. The material previously published in such reports has been published in the OAIC Annual Report and on the OAIC website.

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Guide to the report

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

Chapter One — Year in review

This Chapter provides a summary of significant issues, developments and achievements during the year, and an outline of the year ahead.

Chapter Two — Organisation overview

This Chapter 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 and Key Performance Indicators of the OAIC.

Chapter Three — Management and accountability

This Chapter contains an overview of the OAIC's administrative arrangements, management of human resources and corporate governance.

Chapter Four — Communication and engagement

This Chapter outlines the OAIC's communication and educational activities, and involvement in international networks and forums.

Chapter Five — Develop and implement information policy

This Chapter records the work of the OAIC in relation to its information policy functions.

Chapter Six — Privacy policy and law reform

This Chapter outlines the OAIC's work in preparing for the implementation of privacy law reforms that commenced in March 2014. It also describes other privacy policy activities of the OAIC including advice and submissions.

Chapter Seven — Privacy compliance

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

Chapter Eight — Freedom of information policy and compliance

This Chapter describes the OAIC's activities in relation to its freedom of information (FOI) functions, including handling enquiries and complaints, reviewing decisions and providing guidance and advice.

Chapter Nine — Agency freedom of information activity

This Chapter describes the FOI activities of agencies and ministers in relation to the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

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 Communications and Corporate
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)

This report is also available free of charge on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

Non-English speakers

If you speak a language other than English and need help please call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask for the Australian Government Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992. This is a free service.

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