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Our cover art this year is a visual expression of the action of revealing. This action speaks to both of the key rights the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner upholds — freedom of information (FOI), and privacy. Through FOI, information is revealed to provide transparency and democratic oversight of Government decisions. Through privacy, individuals are empowered to make their own decisions as to what aspects of their identity are revealed, to whom, and for what purposes.


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Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Parliament House

Dear Attorney

I am delighted to provide to you, for presentation to the Parliament, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC’s) Annual Report 2015–16 for the year ending 30 June 2016.

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 freedom of information matters include a summary of the data collected from Australian Government ministers and agencies in relation to activities under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

I certify that the OAIC has prepared a fraud risk assessment and fraud control plan. We also have a number of appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection mechanisms in place. 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 Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendments (Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting) Rule 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Pilgrim PSM

Australian Privacy Commissioner
Acting Australian Information Commissioner

27 September 2016


Part 1 Overview

  • About us
  • Vision
  • Purpose
  • Commissioner’s review
  • Highlights
  • What we do
  • Who we are
  • Our networks
  • Collaboration

Part 2 Performance

  • Our performance statement
  • Analysis
  • Privacy
  • FOI

Part 3 Management and accountability

  • Corporate governance
  • Human resources
  • Procurement
  • Other requirements

Part 4 Financial statements

Part 5 Appendices

  • Appendix A: Agency resource statement and resources for outcomes
  • Appendix B: Memoranda of understanding
  • Appendix C: Privacy statistics
  • Appendix D: FOI statistics
  • Appendix E: Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Appendix F: Index
  • Appendix G: Requirements