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OAIC farewells Australia’s first Information Commissioner

31 July 2015

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) expresses its gratitude to Professor John McMillan AO for his leadership over the last five years. Professor McMillan formally resigned as Australian Information Commissioner today, to take up his new role as Acting NSW Ombudsman.

Portrait photo of John McMillanProfessor McMillan brought a wealth of experience to his role as the inaugural Australian Information Commissioner. John was formally the Commonwealth Ombudsman (2003–2010) and the inaugural Integrity Commissioner (Acting) for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (2007). John is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University, a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. In the 1970s, John was a founding member of the Freedom of Information Campaign Committee, which led the public campaign for enactment of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

During his time as the Australian Information Commissioner, John has upheld and promoted the idea of government information as a national resource, recognising its importance in aiding better policy and decision-making. In the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act, he has worked to embed a culture of openness and transparency in Australian Government agencies, and to streamline and support access to government information.

The OAIC wishes John well in his new role.