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Information Commissioner


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.

Salary details

The NSW Information Commissioner's remuneration is published in the IPC's annual report.

Privacy Commissioner

The Attorney General, the Hon Mark Speakman SC MP, has announced the appointment of Samantha Gavel as the new NSW Privacy Commissioner. Ms Gavel will commence in the role from 4 September 2017.

Ms Gavel is currently the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner, and was previously the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman. She has also held senior policy roles within NSW and Commonwealth government organisations. She is an experienced mediator and an independent member of the Private Health Insurance Code of Conduct Compliance Committee.

Prior to Ms Gavel commencing duties, Mr Paul McKnight is serving as Acting Privacy Commissioner.

Salary details

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).

See the Information Commissioner's Instrument of Delegation

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The IPC is overseen by two commissioners: The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd and the Acting Privacy Commissioner, Paul McKnight.