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The Information Commissioner is appointed as an independent office holder under section 4 of the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIIC Act), and is also the Chief Executive Officer of the IPC. The Information Commissioner is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales and reports directly to the Parliament with oversight by the Joint Parliamentary Committee. This is reported in publicly available documents including the IPC’s annual report.
Ms Sonia Minutillo is the Acting Information Commissioner. Ms Minutillo was appointed to the role In February 2024.
Ms Minutillo'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 Acting Information Commissioner, Ms Minutillo has the power to review decisions made by other NSW government agencies and deal with complaints about information access, monitor agency functions and reports to the Attorney General and the Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Fair Trading about proposals for legislative or administrative change.
Prior to being appointed as Acting Information Commissioner, she was the Acting Privacy Commissioner and previously was the Director, Investigation and Reporting at the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) leading the IPC’s regulatory functions, including the conduct of reviews, complaints, investigations, proactive audits and performance reporting across both information access and privacy legislative regimes. As the Director, Investigation and Reporting, she is also the IPC’s Chief Audit Executive.
Ms Minutillo has also worked in other senior roles in NSW Government and the non-profit sectors in the fields of industrial relations, and employment rights and obligations under NSW and Commonwealth legislation.
Ms Minutillo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Wollongong and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Sydney University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Flinders University, a Certificate IV in Government Investigations (Regulatory Compliance) and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
The NSW Information 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).
Carla Wilson was appointed as the Acting Privacy Commissioner in February 2024. As Acting Privacy Commissioner, her role includes the promotion of public awareness and understanding of privacy rights in NSW, as well as providing information, support, advice and assistance to agencies and the public.
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).
Prior to being appointed as Acting Privacy Commissioner, Ms Wilson was the Director, Legal Counsel & Regulatory Advice at the Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) leading a team that supports the Commissioners in the exercise of their legislative responsibilities.
Ms Wilson has gained over 20 years experience within the public and private sectors, in both the UK and Australia. Ms Wilson is dual qualified lawyer, admitted as a solicitor in both New South Wales, and England & Wales. Ms Wilson holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Bristol, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law also from the University of Bristol
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 35H of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act).