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Who we are

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is headed by the Australian Information Commissioner.

The Information Commissioner is supported by the Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners for Dispute Resolution and Regulation and Strategy, and OAIC staff.

Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner — Timothy Pilgrim PSM

Timothy Pilgrim

Mr Timothy Pilgrim is the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner. Timothy has been Australian Privacy Commissioner since 2010 and was Acting Australian Information Commissioner from 2015. Prior to this, Timothy was the Deputy Privacy Commissioner from 1998 to 2010. Before joining the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy held senior management positions in a range of Australian Government agencies, including the Small Business Program within the Australian Taxation Office and the Child Support Agency.

Timothy has made a significant contribution to the field of privacy in Australia. His achievements include involvement in developing the private sector provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, which included widespread consultation with community, business and government organisations. He also played a key role in implementing the private sector provisions, which took effect on 21 December 2001. More recently, Timothy has led the implementation of the 2014 reforms to the Privacy Act, the most significant reforms to the Act since its commencement. In doing so he worked closely with businesses, consumer groups and Australian Government agencies to build awareness of privacy rights and obligations, and ensure compliance with the new requirements.

Timothy has also worked at the international level to ensure that Australia is equipped to deal with global privacy challenges. He has played an important role in the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Privacy Framework, which aims to promote a consistent approach to information privacy protection across APEC member economies. Timothy has also been closely involved in developing a framework for privacy regulators around the world to cooperate on cross-border enforcement matters.

Timothy has extensive experience in corporate management, covering fields such as human resource management, industrial relations and parliamentary liaison. More broadly, at the corporate level he has been responsible for providing high level advice on strategies for implementing large scale cultural change.

Timothy Pilgrim was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2015 Australia Day Honours List for ‘outstanding public service in the development and implementation of major reforms to the Privacy Act 1988’.

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney.

Deputy Commissioner

Angelene FalkAngelene Falk is the Deputy Commissioner at the OAIC. As principle adviser to the Commissioner, Angelene oversees the operation of the OAIC’s services in both privacy protection and information access, and the corporate and communication functions.

Prior this role, Angelene was the Assistant Commissioner of Regulation and Strategy at the OAIC. In this role she oversaw proactive privacy regulation including through Commissioner initiated investigations, assessments of both public and private sector organisations and handled data breach notifications, many of which attract significant media attention.

Prior to her appointment to the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 2007, Angelene held positions with Boards and Commissions as lawyer, educator and policy adviser in the discrimination area. Protecting and promoting rights and responsibilities is an important priority for Angelene, one which she continues in her role today.

Assistant Commissioner, Dispute Resolution

Andrew SolomonAndrew Solomon is the Assistant Commissioner, Dispute Resolution at the OAIC.

Andrew oversees the dispute resolution and enquiries functions of the OAIC, across both privacy and freedom of information. These functions include privacy complaint handling, undertaking IC reviews, responding to community, business and government enquiries and undertaking other regulatory activity including most Commissioner initiated investigations and data breach notifications.

Andrew has held senior management positions in two Australian Government regulatory agencies, firstly as the NSW State Manager for the National Native Title Tribunal for 7 years and for the past 10 years with the OAIC (formerly the OPC) — dealing with all functions of the office during that time.

Assistant Commissioner, Regulation and Strategy

Melanie DraytonMelanie Drayton is the Assistant Commissioner, Regulation and Strategy at the OAIC.

Melanie is responsible for the regulation and assessment functions of the OAIC. Prior to commencing her role in 2016, Melanie held a variety of director level positions within the OAIC. These roles allowed her to influence both reactive and proactive regulatory activities and strategic policy work. Melanie’s breadth of responsibilities has seen her work across privacy, freedom of information and information policy functions which included preparing guidance, drafting legislative instruments and promoting the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988 and the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Prior to commencing her tenure at the OAIC, Melanie worked for the NSW government and community sector.

Our structure

The OAIC is based in Sydney and has two branches:

  • Dispute Resolution — is responsible for case management and resolution of privacy and FOI complaints and reviews and carries out Commissioner initiated investigations. The Dispute Resolution branch is also responsible for legal services and the Enquiries line
  • Regulation & Strategy — provides advice and guidance, examines and drafts submissions on proposed legislation, conducts assessments, and provides advice on inquiries and proposals that may have an impact on privacy. Regulation & Strategy branch is also responsible for communications and corporate functions.

Our current org chart

Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim PSM
Deputy Commissioner Angelene Falk
  • Dispute Resolution BranchAssistant Commissioner
    Andrew Solomon
  • Regulation and Strategy BranchAssistant Commissioner
    Melanie Drayton