Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner — Angelene Falk
Ms Falk was appointed Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner in August 2018. She leads the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in fulfilling its functions across privacy, freedom of information and government information management.
Ms Falk is a member of the National Data Advisory Council, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA), formerly known as the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC). She chairs the GPA’s Strategic Direction Sub-Committee and is co-chair of its Digital Citizen and Consumer Working Group.
Ms Falk has held senior positions in the OAIC since 2012. She served as Deputy Commissioner from 2016 and acting Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner from March 2018.
Over the past decade Ms Falk has worked extensively with Australian Government agencies, across the private sector and internationally, at the forefront of addressing regulatory challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly evolving technology and potential uses of data. Ms Falk’s experience extends across industries and subject matter, including data breach prevention and management, data sharing, credit reporting, digital health and access to information.
Ms Falk was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of NSW in 1998 and holds an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Deputy Commissioner — Elizabeth Hampton
As Deputy Commissioner, Ms Hampton is the principal adviser to the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.
Ms Hampton joined the OAIC in January 2019 and brings more than 25 years’ experience in senior positions in the Australian Public Service.
She served as Industry Complaints Commissioner with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority from 2010 to 2014, when she was appointed to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service as National Manager, Integrity and Professional Standards and Special Integrity Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer.
Ms Hampton held a variety of senior executive positions within the Commonwealth Home Affairs portfolio prior to joining the OAIC. Previously, she also worked at Centrelink as National Appeals Coordinator instructing Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court appeals; at the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman as Director of the Law Enforcement Branch; and as Director, Product Safety Branch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Ms Hampton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University, a Diploma of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Assistant Commissioner, Regulation and Strategy — Melanie Drayton
Melanie Drayton leads the OAIC’s Regulation and Strategy branch, which provides advice and guidance to individuals, government and business. This includes examining legislation and other proposals that may have an impact on privacy, and auditing privacy practices in industry and government agencies.
Ms Drayton was appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2016 after holding a range of positions within the OAIC, leading both reactive and proactive regulatory activities and strategic policy work. Her responsibilities have seen her work across the OAIC’s privacy, freedom of information and information management functions. She has supported the mission of the OAIC in preparing guidance, drafting legislative instruments, and promoting the requirements of the Privacy Act and FOI Act.
Before joining the OAIC (the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner) in 2001, Ms Drayton worked for the NSW government and community sector. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice. She was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2001.
Assistant Commissioner, Dispute Resolution — David Stevens
David Stevens leads the OAIC’s privacy dispute resolution and enquiries teams, Commissioner initiated investigations, and notifiable data breaches.
Mr Stevens joined the OAIC in February 2020 after more than 20 years working in prominent legal and investigations-related roles in Australia and overseas, as Assistant Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Head of Chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office and most recently, the NSW Electoral Commission. He is an experienced change leader, an accredited mediator and has also worked as a law lecturer and training officer.
Mr Stevens holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1990.
Assistant Commissioner, Corporate — Ruth Mackay PSM
Ruth Mackay leads the OAIC’s legal, strategic communications and corporate services areas, including people and culture, governance, finance and information services functions.
Ms Mackay joined the OAIC in September 2019 and brings 19 years experience within the Australian Public Service Senior Executive Service. Most recently, Ms Mackay held senior governance-related roles at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Prior to this Ms Mackay led the implementation of Coalition of Australian Government reforms to Australia’s product safety system as the General Manager of Product Safety at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). While at the ACCC Ms Mackay initiated a range of international initiatives and was the inaugural Chair of the OECD Consumer Product Safety Working Party. Other senior positions held include Registrar of Trade Marks and Designs and General Manager, Customer Service at IP Australia.
Ms Mackay was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1996 for her work developing and implementing business and consumer education programs while at the ACT Consumer Affairs Bureau. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies from the University of Canberra and a Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk from the Australian Catholic University.
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