Australia - OAIC launches performance portal On 1 February 2017, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) launched an online portal through which it will publicly report on the delivery of its privacy and freedom of information functions (Portal). The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, explained that the expansion of the scope and diversity of the ways in which personal information is being collected and used by businesses and government agencies has "increased public interest in privacy [as] reflected in the 19,092 privacy enquiries and 2,128 formal privacy complaints received by my office in 2015–16". The OAIC anticipates that the increased visibility of privacy-related breaches and investigations will provide a solid foundation for the introduction of data breach notification laws, which were passed by the Australian Senate on 13 February 2017. While these changes will inevitably increase the regulatory burden on businesses, they will assist in harmonising Australia's privacy laws with other jurisdictions. The launch of the Portal coincides with a significant shift in the Australian Government's approach to data and privacy, including its request for the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12-month inquiry into the availability and use of public and private sector data (Review). The inquiry report to the Review is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in March 2017. The portal can be accessed here. The Productivity Commission's draft report to the Review on Data Availability and Use is available here. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove, Toby Patten, Matthew Dempsey or Grace Loukides.