Elizabeth Tydd was appointed NSW Information Commissioner and CEO of the Information and Privacy Commission on 23 December 2013.
Ms Tydd’s role is to promote public awareness and understanding of the right to access government information in NSW, as well as providing information, support, advice, assistance and training to agencies and the general public.
As Information Commissioner, Ms Tydd has the power to review decisions made by other NSW government agencies and deal with complaints about information access, monitor agency functions and report to the Attorney General about proposals for legislative or administrative change.
In April 2016, the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, invited Ms Tydd to take on the role of NSW Open Data Advocate. In this capacity, Ms Tydd provides advice to the Data Analytics Centre (DAC) and across the NSW Government on non-personal data that should be released to the public.
Ms Tydd has also held executive leadership positions across a range of jurisdictions and industries, responsible for upholding legal rights that encompass issues such as consumer protection, as well as ensuring the responsible development of the profit and not-for-profit sectors.
As the Executive Director, Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, Ms Tydd oversaw the development and implementation of a contemporary risk-based approach to regulation in these sectors, including the introduction of a periodic risk-based regulatory model for licenced premises. She was also responsible for executive oversight of this major strategic policy environment.
At the NSW Office of Fair Trading, Ms Tydd occupied the position of Assistant Commissioner of the Compliance and Legal Group. In this role she was responsible for regulating significant industries, including real estate, the motor industry, and general consumer transactions. She has additionally played a key role in the development of Australian consumer law and the implementation of a national framework for compliance activities.
Ms Tydd has been appointed to a number of significant statutory roles, including Deputy President of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission and Deputy Chairperson of the former Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal.
She has also held a number of board and committee appointments, including Trustee of the Responsible Gambling Fund, the University of Technology Law Advisory Board and the boards of the Delta Society and the Catholic Development Fund Sydney.
Ms Tydd has published various reports and articles in journals, including the NSW Law Society Journal and Public Administration Today.
Ms Tydd is an accredited mediator, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney, as well as post graduate certificates in executive management and governance.
The NSW Information Commissioner's remuneration is published in the IPC's annual report.
As Acting NSW Privacy Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Coombs' role includes promoting privacy as well as preparing reports recommending legislative, administrative or other action in the interests of privacy as well as conducting inquiries and investigations into privacy related matters. The Privacy Commissioner administers the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act). The Privacy Commissioner reports to the NSW Parliament and is oversighted by the Parliamentary Committee on the Ombudsman, the Police Integrity Commission and the Crime Commission, a joint statutory committee.
Elizabeth has had a public service career holding both CEO and senior executive positions in the NSW public sector. Her experience and familiarity with NSW Government agencies ranges across central and service agencies such as NSW Health to state owned corporations. She has been responsible for major cross government initiatives, reforms affecting the private sector, structural reforms and Commonwealth – State programs.
Elizabeth served as Commissioner for Fair Trading and more recently as Commissioner, Local Government Grants Commission. Chief Executive Officer roles included Department of Fair Trading, Juvenile Justice and Department for Women. Upon leaving the NSW public service in 2007, she worked mainly in governance and performance areas. She served as Chair and independent member on a number of Audit and Risk Committees for a range of Government Departments.
Elizabeth's doctoral study involved cross disciplinary research drawing upon the disciplines of political science, classical economics and industrial relations. As Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth is committed to lifting the profile of privacy within the NSW public sector and the private health sector, and addressing strategic issues that will protect the privacy of individuals generally.
Dr Elizabeth Coombs’ term as NSW Privacy Commissioner expired on 6 November 2016. She has been appointed as Acting/Privacy Commissioner on a part time basis from Monday, 7 November 2016 whilst a recruitment process is underway.
The Privacy Commissioner's remuneration is published in the IPC's annual report.
Delegation of authority
The Commissioner may delegate the exercise of any function of the Commissioner, under the Instrument of delegation under section 13 of the Government Information (Information Commissioner) 2009 (GIIC Act).