Mr Sven Bluemmel was appointed as the inaugural Victorian Information Commissioner in September 2017. Prior to his current role, Mr Bluemmel served as Western Australian Information Commissioner for eight years. During that time he was also a member of the State Records Commission alongside the Auditor General, the Ombudsman and a records management expert appointed by the Governor.
Before 2009, Sven held senior positions in the Western Australia Public Sector Commission, Western Australia Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Mr Bluemmel also practised law in the private sector in Melbourne and Perth in the areas of information and privacy law.
Mr Bluemmel is a regular contributor to Australian and international publications, particularly in the areas of information, technology and administrative law. He has delivered guest lectures at the Australian National University, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Canberra. Mr Bluemmel is a fellow of Leadership Western Australia and served as President of the Institute of Public Administration in Western Australia for three years from November 2014 until October 2017.
Mr Bluemmel holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Science, both from the Australian National University.
Joanne Kummrow – Acting Public Access Deputy Commissioner
Ms Joanne Kummrow practices across a range of government law areas and is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Administrative Law.
Ms Kummrow has significant experience in all aspects of Freedom of Information from advising government clients on processing FOI requests and the application of exemptions, to conducting complex FOI review and appeal matters before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Supreme Court.
Ms Rachel Dixon was appointed as the Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner on 28 November 2017.
Ms Dixon was previously the Head of Identity at the Commonwealth Digital Transformation Office and brings a wealth of experience in IT, telecommunications, big data, blockchain and biometrics.