Key messages

  • The Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection is an independent statutory office responsible for oversight of Victorian privacy and data security regimes.
  • The office replaces the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commission (Privacy Victoria).

The Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection is an independent statutory office responsible for oversight of Victorian privacy and law enforcement data security regimes.

The office replaces the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commission (Privacy Victoria).

The Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection was established on 17 September 2014 under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. The PDPA repeals the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Commissioner for Law Enforcement Data Security Act 2005, replaces them with the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection and confers on the Commissioner a protective data security jurisdiction over the Victorian public sector.

The aim of the establishment of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection is to strengthen the protection of information held by the Victorian public sector, including that of personal information.