Organisational structure

We are a separate agency under Schedule 1 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act) and the Information Commissioner is appointed as agency head and is responsible to the relevant Minister. As the agency head, the Information Commissioner is responsible for the budget and the general administration of the IPC, including employing and allocating staff to carry out our work.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee oversees the functions of the Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner reports to the NSW Parliament on the operation of the PPIP Act. The Information Commissioner reports to the NSW Parliament on the operation of the GIPA Act.

The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Tydd was appointed under the Government Information (Information Commissioner) Act 2009 for a term of five years. Ms Tydd was appointed on 23 December 2013.

The Privacy Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Coombs was appointed under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1988 also for a term of five years. Dr Coombs was appointed on 7 November 2011.

We have three core business units established to assist the CEO in the exercise of the functions of the IPC. These units are:

  • Communications and Corporate Affairs – strategically informs, shapes and delivers the IPC’s regulatory message to our stakeholders
  • Performance Reporting and Projects – develops regulatory advice, reporting and intelligence services to support the IPC and the Commissioners
  • Investigation and Review – deliver the IPC’s and Commissioners regulatory functions to promote compliance with the legislation and support members of the public to access their rights.

A full copy of our corporate structure is available from the IPC’s website.

Each year we report on our activities over the course of the year through our Annual Report. The Annual Report is published on our website and is available at

Our location

We are located at:
Level 17, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Our contact details

For further information about us, you can contact the IPC on the details bellows:

Post: Information and Privacy Commission
GPO Box 7011
Telephone: 1800 472 679