Freedom of Information, Privacy Protection & Public Interest Disclosures in the Northern Territory : annual report 2011-2012
Commissioner for Information and Public Interest Disclosures annual report 2011 - 12
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Page 3 Overview 1. Introduction The Office of the Information Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Interest Disclosures are statutory offices established by the Northern Territory Parliament. The Commissioner is required to act independently, impartially and in the public interest in exercising the powers or performing the functions of both Offices and is called Commissioner, Information and Public Interest Disclosures. The Office of the Information Commissioner was established in 2002 in preparedness for the commencement of the Information Act on 1 July 2003. The Office deals with all matters relating to freedom of information (FOI) and privacy under that Act. This is its ninth Annual Report. The Public Interest Disclosure Act came into force on 31 July 2009 providing a new whistleblower investigation and protection service to the Northern Territory. This is its third Annual Report. 1.1. Joint Office location, structure and staffing The joint Office is located on the 7th floor, 9-11 Cavenagh Street, Darwin and is called Office of the Commissioner, Information and Public Interest Disclosures At 30 June 2012, the Office was comprised of the following personnel: 1 x ECO2 Commissioner, Information and Public Interest Disclosures Brenda Monaghan. 0.6 x ECO1 Deputy Commissioner, Information and Public Interest Disclosures Zoe Marcham. 0.6 x SAO1 Complaints and Policy Officer Caroline Norrington. 1 x SAO1 Chief Investigation Officer Allan Borg. 1 x AO7 Investigation Officer Adrian Buck. 0.8 x AO6 Administration and Policy Support Helmy Bakermans. 0.25 x AO6 A/Office Manager Sandy Lay. 1 x AO4 Investigation Support / Administration Officer Sandy Lay. 1.2. Office expenditure Total expenditure by the joint Office (Information and Public Interest Disclosures) in 2011-12 on employee expenses and the purchase of goods and services was $953,000. In addition, for the purposes of financial statements, notional amounts have been attributed to expenses for services provided by the Department of Justice and the Department of Business and Employment.
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