"The Office of the Information Commissioner will operate under the FMA Act as a statutory agency within the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio. The Office will comprise two new independent statutory office holders, the Information Commissioner and the Freedom of Information Commissioner, as well as the existing Privacy Commissioner. The existing Office of the Privacy Commissioner will be incorporated into the Office of the Information Commissioner. The establishment of the Office of the Information Commissioner will provide a whole-of-government clearing house for complaints, oversight and reporting on freedom of information and privacy matters. The co-location of privacy and FOI regulation will ensure the development of a consistent workable information policy. "As to hard cold cash the allocations in the budget and forward estimates allocated to PM&C for the Office are $2.961 million in 2009-10, $4.982 million in 2010-11, $5.031 million in 2011-12 and $5.080 million in 2012-13. Enough? Who knows.
Details of allocations for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner- to be folded into the Information Commissioner's Office from 1 January- are at page 351 of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Statement. Presumably some rollover of the $7.294 million allocated this year will end up with the new office.