New Qld Information Commissioner named

Joanne Kummrow has been appointed as Queensland’s new Information Commissioner for a three-year term, starting on 3 April 2024.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath made the announcement today and thanked Stephanie Winson who has been acting as Information Commissioner since September 2023.

The former Victorian Public Access Deputy Commissioner has worked as a statutory officer and freedom of information specialist and 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 who responded to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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.

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