Brandis gives Pilgrim another three months

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Brandis gives Pilgrim another three months
Timothy Pilgrim

Third short appointment as OAIC limps on.

Attorney-General George Brandis has reappointed Timothy Pilgrim as Information Commissioner for another three months as Pilgrim's office continues to operate in limbo.

It marks the third time Pilgrim has been re-hired under a three-month contract in the role at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner since his five-year tenure as Privacy Commissioner expired last July.

He was subsequently appointed Information Commissioner, meaning he is able to carry out all duties of the three statutory officer functions of the OAIC.

The two other statutory roles - Privacy and Freedom of Information Commissioner - have remained unfilled since last year.

Pilgrim's new term will expire on April 19 this year.

He will continue the battle to operate an agency still uncertain of its future following the government's 2014 budget announcement that it intended to dismantle the organisation.

The legislation enabling the office's dissolution has not yet been passed, leaving the OAIC operating with a severely depleted budget and staff.

The Attorney-General's Department has been contacted for comment on the appointment and its future plans for the office.
 

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