Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Melanie Drayton leads the OAIC’s Regulation and Strategy branch, which provides advice and guidance to individuals, government and business. This includes examining legislation and other proposals that may have an impact on privacy, and auditing privacy practices in industry and government agencies.
Ms Drayton was appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2016 after holding a range of positions within the OAIC, leading both reactive and proactive regulatory activities and strategic policy work. Her responsibilities have seen her work across the OAIC’s privacy, freedom of information and information management functions. She has supported the mission of the OAIC in preparing guidance, drafting legislative instruments, and promoting the requirements of the Privacy Act and FOI Act.
Before joining the OAIC (the former Office of the Privacy Commissioner) in 2001, Ms Drayton worked for the NSW government and community sector. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice. She was admitted as legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2001.
National Archives of Australia
David Fricker joined the National Archives of Australia as Director-General on 1 January 2012. As Director-General, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to ‘digital continuity’ in records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audiovisual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.
David has been an active member of International Council on Archives (ICA) since 2012, hosting the ICA Congress in Brisbane. In 2013 he was elected President, Forum of National Archivists (FAN), and was appointed President of the ICA in October 2014. In 2015 he was appointed by the Director-General UNESCO to the position of Vice-President of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee.
He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists. In 2015 he was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.
Australian Taxation Office
Tyson Fawcett is a senior Director of Data Management in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Tyson is interested in the transformative value of evolving government approaches to data management policy and practice and managing data as a strategic asset across the organisation. Tyson is a key presenter to ATO’s visiting international delegations from the Asia Pacific region, sharing his extensive experience on data management and technological transformation. Tyson has a Bachelor of Taxation and Masters of International Tax from UNSW and is an Honorary Associate of University of Technology. Tyson has been a visiting academic to China since 2012, lecturing on the transformation of the taxation regulatory framework, and is currently competing a World bank mission in Riga – Latvia
Wellington School of Government, Victoria University
Information & Privacy Commissioner NSW
Samantha Gavel was appointed as NSW Privacy Commissioner on 4 September 2017.
Her role is to promote public awareness and understanding of privacy rights in NSW, as well as providing information, support, advice and assistance to agencies and the general public. Her responsibilities include the preparation of reports recommending legislative, administrative or other action in the interests of privacy as well as conducting inquiries and investigations into privacy related matters.
Most recently Ms Gavel was the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner, and previously held the role of Private Health Insurance Ombudsman for six years.
Ms Gavel has also worked in senior administrative roles for both NSW and Commonwealth Government organisations. She is an experienced mediator and has significant expertise in complaints handling, dispute resolution, privacy rights and ombudsman work.
Department of Environment & Energy
Sarea has a broad background leading on Commonwealth and COAG energy policy reform agendas. Currently she is leading new work in energy data and consumer analysis, including the energy Consumer Data Right and the Energy Use Data Model. She has also led: the creation of the National Energy Productivity Plan, demand response, national smart meter roll out, network regulation reforms, wind policy and renewables integration. Her previous background is as a strategy consultant (McKinsey), economist and engineer
Department of Transport & Main Roads, QLD
Kath’s career has led her to specialise in complex congestion problems, a high priority challenge for many cities. Over twenty years and in Brisbane and London, her work has centred on improving existing road systems, increasing public transport use and helping to inform transport decisions. She has a Civil Engineering degree, a research Master’s degree and a graduate diploma in public sector management. She is passionate about evidence-based decision-making and in her current role she leads a team of modelling, data and analysis experts who provide information to inform transport policy, planning and investment decision-making. She believes that with practical prototyping, moving in the right strategic direction, anything is possible!
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Ric Clarke leads Statistical Informatics section in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a multidisciplinary team that conducts strategic research in the acquisition and use of digital information for official statistics. Ric joined the ABS in February 2008 after a 17 year career in Defence, where he worked in a variety of analytical and capability development roles. Originally a physicist, he also has a Masters degree in computer science.
Andrew Owen graduated from Macquarie University in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics and Geology. Following various stints in the petroleum and mineral exploration industry, he joined the Bureau of Mineral Resources (BMR) in 1991. He undertook deep crustal studies using the explosive seismic source methodology. He continued with the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and Geoscience Australia (GA). In 2000, Andrew moved into the Earthquake and Nuclear Monitoring group as a Geophysicist and Duty Seismologist. In 2004 he undertook the role of GA Laboratory Manager until 2008. In 2011 Andrew Owen was asked to undertake the role of the GA Repository Manager. In this role he has overseen transformational change in the Repository with Geoscience Australia contracted as the data and asset manager for the National Offshore Petroleum Title Administrator (NOPTA). He has leadership and responsibility for the various “NOPs” such as the National Offshore Petroleum Data & Core Repository (NOPDCR), National Offshore Petroleum Data Integration Project (NOPDIP) and the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS). He is married to a Canberra local, Jacqui Nash, has 3 children and they in a cottage in Campbell in Canberra, Australia.
Transport for NSW
Having worked in the Corporate world for 25 years Ruth has recently transitioned to Government to continue her Data Governance career. Having extensive experience in the commercialisation of Data, and also with the complexities involved with data matching, (particularly when bringing together large data sets from different sources) to create incredibly meaningful insights for consumer good, lower organisational costs and targeted marketing. Using government data sets to enable societal good is an extension of the corporate goals of the effective and efficient use of data. An obsession with Data integrity and quality, together with the unqualified requirement of being process driven when working in this realm, delivers results and drives success.
Kevin Jeffery has been the Chief Data Officer (CDO) of IP Australia. IP Australia administers intellectual property rights in relation to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeders’ rights. Our vision is creating a world leading intellectual property (IP) system building prosperity for Australia. This vision is underpinned by our IP Australia Data Strategy “Data Matters, which Kevin as CDO is responsible for delivering. IP Australia has a rich stream of data dating back over a century, and through the Data Strategy Kevin has a remit to create improve how we that we manage, protect, nurture and exploit our data to value. Kevin brings a focus on relationship building and collaboration as well as strong experience in enabling data scientists to do their work. Prior to joining IP Australia Kevin was the National Manager of Innovation at the Australian Crime Commission where he was the primary driver in embedding the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability into the standard business of the agency. In 2015 the Fusion Program won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disruptor Award. Kevin has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years and focussed particularly on data and analytics over the past 12 years including defining fraud detection systems in derivatives markets, managing the development of leakage analysis capabilities in health insurance and improving data management across intelligence uses.
Jeremy is the Group Leader for Privacy Enhancing Systems at CSIRO’s Data61, building reusable software technologies that help make more data, more available, while maintaining privacy, thereby enabling greater insights to be obtained from data for the benefit of Australia. With a background in software engineering, and through his experience at Inmos in the UK, Canon’s Sydney R&D lab (CiSRA) and now Data61, Jeremy is interested in building on ground breaking research to create reusable software products and platforms with impact. Jeremy has a degree in Computer Science with Mathematics from Bristol University, and an MBA from Macquarie University.