The Ombudsman, Mr Peter Shoyer, has today welcomed the staff of the Office of the Information Commissioner to join his team.
Following on from the recommendations in the Martin Report (which led to the establishment of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption), the Freedom of Information and Privacy functions of the Office of the Information Commissioner have today been transferred to the Ombudsman. As part of the arrangement, Mr Shoyer has taken over as Information Commissioner from Ms Brenda Monaghan. Ms Monaghan has been appointed Deputy Ombudsman and will continue to deal with FOI and Privacy matters as Deputy Commissioner. Mr Shoyer was the inaugural Information Commissioner for the Territory from 2003 to 2007.
" We are all very positive about the new arrangement." Mr Shoyer said "It will allow a larger team to respond to any concerns regarding FOI, privacy and administration in public bodies."