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About the OAIC

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is an independent statutory agency within the Attorney-General’s portfolio, established under the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 (AIC Act).

Our key role is to meet the needs of the Australian community when it comes to
the regulation of privacy and freedom of information. We do this by:

  • ensuring proper handling of personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and other legislation
  • protecting the public’s right of access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act)
  • performing strategic functions relating to information management within the Australian Government under the AIC Act.