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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has three sets of functions. They are:
- Freedom of information - oversees the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and reviews decisions made by agencies and ministers under that Act.
- Privacy - provides information and advice on laws governing individuals rights to privacy (eg use of tax file numbers, collection and storage of personal information, access to records and disclosure of old criminal convictions) and investigates privacy complaints.
- Government information policy - reports to the Attorney-General on matters relating to Australian Government information management policy and practice, including freedom of information and privacy.