Working with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will put you at the forefront of data protection and access to information regulation. We are a statutory agency within the Attorney-General Department’s portfolio with responsibility for:

  • privacy functions under the Privacy Act 1988 and other legislation
  • freedom of information, in particular review of decisions made by agencies and ministers under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

The OAIC is made up of five work areas with a diverse range of work performed within each:

  • Dispute Resolution: Commissioner initiated investigations, notifiable data breach, privacy case management (including conciliation and mediation), privacy early resolution and enquiries.
  • Major Investigations: Rigorous investigations into serious breaches of the Privacy Act, providing detailed recommendations on regulatory response that is both appropriate and considered.
  • Freedom of Information: Information Commissioner reviews, complaints, Commissioner initiated investigations, extension of time decisions, vexatious applicant declarations, regulatory guidance and advice.
  • Regulation and Strategy:  assessments, consumer data right, international engagement, and policy.
  • Corporate:  information management and project services, people and culture, legal services, strategic communications, procurement and governance.

The OAIC Talent Register is designed to capture expressions of interest for the purposes of talent consideration and OAIC workforce management. Applicants may be considered but are not guaranteed for likely temporary, casual, non-ongoing or ongoing vacancies into the future. In the event a vacancy is identified, the OAIC reserves the right to contact you to discuss the vacancy further.

We are seeking appropriately skilled and qualified individuals to fill short term, temporary (non-ongoing full or part time, casual) or identified vacancies which may become ongoing (full or part time). Temporary opportunities exist for periods up to 18 months across APS 1, APS 2, APS 3, APS 4, APS 5, APS 6, EL 1 and EL 2 classification levels (salary ranging from $49,266 to $149,988 per annum plus 15.4% superannuation).

What skills and qualities are we looking for?

Based in Sydney (CBD), we are looking for highly motivated applicants to tell us about what skills, experience and qualifications they can bring to the OAIC. If a position comes up, we will review the resume and application information to see if someone has what we need.

We are always on the lookout for people with transferrable skills in areas including:

  • policy, research, brief writing
  • case management, dispute resolution and conciliation
  • legal interpretation and analysis, drafting guidance
  • investigations, decision writing and drafting
  • assessments, audits, stakeholder engagement
  • providing information on the OAIC’s functions on our national enquiries line
  • media and communications
  • governance, information management and security, record management and data governance
  • corporate services (people and culture, office management, finance, executive assistance)
  • freedom of information.

The OAIC is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage and welcome applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and mature age people.

Selections for vacancies at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner are based on merit.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to provide a current resume no longer than four pages and a covering letter no longer than two pages, indicating the area of work you have expertise in, your educational qualifications, experience and skills.

Please complete the Talent Register application form, and email it with your resume and letter (preferably in one document) to

Download the talent register application form


  • Section 22 of the Public Service Act 1999 requires that APS employees must be Australian citizens.
  • There are restrictions on employment of people who have, within the previous 12 months, accepted a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer.
  • For the duration of your employment with the OAIC you will be required to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance.

Contact us

Phone 1300 363 992 or email