Paxton Booth was appointed to the position of Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner in December 2021.
Paxton has worked in law enforcement and integrity agencies throughout his career. Prior to his appointment as Privacy Commissioner, he was Executive Director of Corruption Strategy, Prevention and Legal at the Crime and Corruption Commission, Qld (CCC). Paxton held several positions at the CCC during his 11 years of employment. Most recently he was responsible for leading the identification of strategic corruption risks, prevention initiatives and corruption audits.
Paxton has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce and was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1997. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Paxton worked at the Office of the Health Ombudsman for 9 months as the Executive Director of Investigations.
Paxton worked for the Queensland Police Service for 11 years as a lawyer. Paxton provided legal advice into investigations about major and organised crime to the QPS and represented the QPS in Supreme Court applications for surveillance devices and other police powers.
Paxton also spent 5 years working at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He brings to the role extensive executive experience in regulatory compliance, and a proactive and strategic approach to working with agencies to adopt effective systems and processes to manage their regulatory responsibilities and minimise risk. Paxton has maintained a strong interest in privacy throughout his career and looks forward to further supporting agencies to identify privacy by design solutions that help build greater trust through transparency and enable critical outcomes for the community.