Kummrow new state Information Commissioner

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Joanne Kummrow is Queensland's new Information Commissioner. | Supplied

Experienced statutory officer and freedom of information specialist Joanne Kummrow is Queensland’s Information Commissioner for the next three years.

The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) is an independent statutory body responsible for promoting access to government-held information and protecting people’s personal information held by the public sector.

Ms Kummrow most recently served as Public Access Deputy Commissioner in Victoria and brings a wealth of experience in information privacy and public sector integrity to the position.

She has extensive expertise in administrative law, decision making, civil investigations and inquiries.

Ms Kummrow was previously Special Counsel, Government and Public Law in the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office advising government agencies and ministers on freedom of information, conducting reviews and leading complex judicial appeal matters.

As Special Counsel, Ms Kummrow built and led the Victorian Government’s legal team that responded to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Queensland’s Information Commissioner has functions under both the Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009.

As Commissioner, Ms Kummrow will be responsible for promoting access to government-held information, protecting people’s personal information held by the public sector and supporting public sector agencies to comply with the law.

Her office will also deal with privacy complaints and make decisions on whether an agency’s privacy obligations can be waived or modified in the public interest.

Ms Kummrow commences in the role on April 3,  2024.