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22 March 2022

The OAIC today welcomed the Attorney-General’s announcement that Leo Hardiman PSM QC has been appointed Freedom of Information Commissioner, commencing 19 April 2022.

Mr Hardiman comes to the office with extensive legal and public sector experience from the Australian Government Solicitor, where he was formerly Deputy Chief General Counsel and National Leader in the Office of General Counsel, with more than 30 years’ experience advising the Commonwealth on a range of legal matters.

In 2020 Mr Hardiman was awarded the Public Service Medal for "outstanding public service through the provision of legal services to the Commonwealth".

Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said that Mr Hardiman's extensive experience will make a significant contribution to progress the OAIC’s important freedom of information work.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr Hardiman to the OAIC and advancing the important work to promote public access to information held by Australian Government agencies and ministers,” Commissioner Falk said.