Australia - The Victorian Government Appoints Its First Information Commissioner.

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21 December, 2017


The Victorian Government has appointed Sven Bluemmel as Victoria’s first information commissioner. This is following the creation of the new Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner on 1 September 2017 (“OVIC”), merging the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection and Victoria’s freedom of information office. The OVIC is now the single body responsible for freedom of information, public sector privacy and data protection laws. This matches similar bodies in New South Wales, Queensland and the Commonwealth.


Bluemmel has been the information commissioner in Western Australia for eight years and was previously a director at Western Australia’s Public Sector Commission. Bluemmel started his role as Information Commissioner at the OVIC on 25 September 2017. 


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