Information Commissioner won’t seek third term

Angelene Falk has advised the government she won’t be seeking a third term as Australian Information Commissioner.

Angelene Falk

It comes after the government announced earlier this month it was moving to a three commissioner OAIC model.

The new model will see the return of a standalone privacy commissioner, restoring the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to a three-commissioner model covering privacy, information and FOI.

Angelene Falk has served a dual role as Privacy Commissioner and Australian Information Commissioner since August 2018.

Under the new model, she was to hand over the role of privacy commissioner but remain information commissioner and head of OAIC.

Commissioner Falk said in a statement last Friday that she was  greatly honoured to have led the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) through a time of exponential growth, technological development, heightened community expectations and domestic and international change in the regulatory landscape.

“I remain focused on the protection and promotion of privacy and information access rights and ensuring the OAIC is well positioned for the challenges of the future,” she said.

“There is much I wish to do in the remainder of my term and a key priority is to support Commissioners in their roles and leverage our current strategic review so the OAIC can continue to serve the Australian community over the next decade,” she said.

The Attorney-General’s Department has advertised the position ahead of the conclusion of Commissioner Falk’s term in August 2024.

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