Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Regulator function

The OAIC is the independent national regulator for privacy and freedom of information. It promotes and upholds privacy and information access rights.


  • Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010
  • Privacy Act 1988
  • Freedom of Information Act 1982

Regulated community

Australian Government agencies and organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million, and some other organisations, must follow the Privacy Act 1988 (and other laws) when handling personal information. The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives a right to access documents held by Australian Government agencies and ministers, unless an exemption applies.



Internal to department / external entity


Ministerial Statement of Expectations date

9 March 2023

Regulator Statement of Intent date

30 June 2023