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Farewell to Timothy Pilgrim PSM — Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner

The staff of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) wish Timothy Pilgrim PSM, the Australian Information Commissioner and Australian Privacy Commissioner, all the best for the future as he retires after 34 years in the Australian Public Service.


Timothy Pilgrim PSM

For 20 years, Timothy has advanced privacy, freedom of information (FOI), and information management for the community. Timothy became Deputy Commissioner at the then Office of the Privacy Commissioner in 1998. In 2010, Timothy became the Australian Privacy Commissioner in the newly formed OAIC, and he has overseen the OAIC’s statutory responsibilities as the Australian Information Commissioner since 2015.

During his tenure, Timothy has been a driving force behind numerous regulatory enhancements, including the expansion of the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) to the private sector, the 2014 reforms to the Privacy Act, the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme, and the development of the Australian Government Agencies Privacy Code — a commitment of Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan, to build and maintain public trust to address concerns about data sharing and release.

Timothy has also fostered closer ties with Australia’s international counterparts. He played an important role in the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework and was closely involved in developing a framework for cooperation on cross-border enforcement matters. He is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA), which enables greater collaboration and information sharing between regulators across the world. In 2015, he led the first global privacy enforcement action with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.

Timothy has upheld and promoted the value of privacy protection and access to government-held information throughout his work. The Attorney-General’s statement regarding Timothy Pilgrim’s retirement can be read on the Attorney-General’s website.

From Saturday 24 March, Angelene Falk will be the Acting Australian Information Commissioner and Acting Australian Privacy Commissioner. Angelene was the Deputy Commissioner at the OAIC, and has been instrumental to the operation of the OAIC’s services in both privacy protection and information access.

 Angelene Falk, Acting Australian Information Commissioner and Acting Australian Privacy Commissioner