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Who we are

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

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

Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner — Angelene Falk

Angelene Falk

Ms Falk was appointed on 16 August 2018 as Australian Information Commissioner and as Privacy Commissioner. Ms Falk leads the OAIC in fulfilling the office’s functions across privacy, freedom of information (FOI), and government information management.

Ms Falk has held senior positions in the OAIC since 2012. These include Deputy Commissioner since 2016 and acting Australian Information Commissioner and acting 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 holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Melbourne University.

Acting Deputy Commissioner — Andrew Solomon

Andrew SolomonAs the Acting Deputy Commissioner, Andrew Solomon is the principal adviser to the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Solomon was the Assistant Commissioner in Dispute Resolution at the OAIC. In this role, he oversaw the dispute resolution and enquiries functions of the OAIC across the areas of privacy and freedom of information. These functions include complaint handling, undertaking Information Commissioner reviews, responding to community, business and government enquiries, and undertaking other regulatory activity including Commissioner initiated investigations and data breach notifications.

Mr Solomon has been at the OAIC, and the former OPC, for over 10 years. Previous roles Andrew has held include the NSW State Manager for the National Native Title Tribunal and the Manager of a not-for-profit organisation, Central Sydney Community Transport Group.

Mr Solomon holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Assistant Commissioner, Regulation and Strategy — Melanie Drayton

Melanie DraytonMelanie Drayton is responsible for the regulation and assessment functions of the OAIC. Prior to commencing her role in 2016, Ms Drayton held a variety of senior positions within the OAIC. These roles allowed her to influence both reactive and proactive regulatory activities and strategic policy work. Ms Drayton’s breadth of responsibilities has seen her work across 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.

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

Assistant Commissioner, Dispute Resolution

This position is currently held, on an acting basis, by:

Rocelle Ago — for Freedom of Information matters

Amie Grierson — for Privacy matters

Our structure

The OAIC is based in Sydney and has two branches:

  • Dispute Resolution — responsible for case management and the resolution of privacy and FOI complaints and reviews. The Dispute Resolution branch also carries out Commissioner initiated investigations and is responsible for legal services and the enquiries line.
  • Regulation and 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. The Regulation and Strategy branch is also responsible for communications and corporate functions.