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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) brings together in one agency the functions of information policy advice and independent oversight of privacy protection and freedom of information. Our vision is a community in which government information is managed as a national resource and personal information is respected and protected.

If you would like to work with us, read on to find out what positions are available, how to apply for jobs, and conditions of employment at the OAIC.

The OAIC welcomes applications from the diverse Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Positions available

No positions are currently available.

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Who we are

Every day we engage with organisations all over the world that can use our personal information. But what rights do we have to our privacy, and who decides this?

Working with the OAIC will place you at the forefront of policy, guidance and enforcement of Australia’s privacy and freedom of information law; shaping how emerging technologies and data practices impact the lives of every Australian, and supporting open government and information access initiatives.

The OAIC is a statutory agency within the Attorney-General Department’s portfolio. We have 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

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General information

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

Your application

The primary function of your application is to provide sufficient information about your skills, knowledge and experience to allow the Selection Committee to assess your suitability for the position and, if interviews are being conducted, whether you should be interviewed for the position.

Your resume should outline your previous work history in chronological order starting from your most recent position, together with a brief description of the duties associated with the positions you have held. It should also outline your education and training.

We encourage you to consider the criteria for available positions. In your written application you should address how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the position. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the role and your ability to work at the OAIC in light of the duties of the position.

Please provide the name and contact details of at least two people who have agreed to act as a referee for your application. One of these people should be your current supervisor. You should advise your referees that they might be contacted and asked for either verbal or written comments on your work performance in relation to the selection criteria.

In most cases, your application, interview and referee’s comments are taken into account in reaching the final decision. In some cases you may also be asked to complete a written task. If you are selected for an interview, you will be advised of the date and time of the interview at least two days in advance. There may be occasions where an interview may not be necessary and assessment will be made on the basis of the application and referee report only.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application once the final decision has been made. The names of successful applicants will be notified in all formats of the electronic APS Employment Gazette.

Applications will be retained in the Human Resources section for 12 months after the selection and then destroyed.


All ongoing positions are generally open to all Australians. Australian citizenship is a usual requirement of engagement unless waived by the agency head.

There are restrictions on the employment of people who have accepted a redundancy benefit from an APS Agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer.

More detailed general information on eligibility requirements is available on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Conditions of employment

The OAIC Enterprise Agreement 2016–2019 outlines conditions of service. In addition, from 13 May 2019, a determination made under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 applies in addition to the OAIC Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019 (which continues in place until superceeded by another enterprise agreement). The Public Service (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Non-SES Employees) Determination 2019 provides for salary increases of 2% each year, on 13 May 2019, 13 May 2020 and 13 May 2021 and a one off increase in allowances under clause 53.1 of the Enterpise Agreement to $33.70 per fortnight (a 6% increase).

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How to submit a job application

Applicants will need to send the following documents by email to

  • job application form    docxWord DOCX version77.8 KB     pdfPDF version332.49 KB
  • a resume
  • a statement addressing why you believe you are the best candidate for the role (no more than two pages long)
  • a covering letter (optional)

Applications must be received by the close of business on the closing date. The selection committee is under no obligation to accept late applications.

The Australian Human Rights Commission manages recruitment for the OAIC.

If you are unable to make an online application please contact:

The Human Resources Officer c/o Australian Human Rights Commission
by email:
by telephone: (02) 9284 9600

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2019 Temporary employment register

The OAIC’s 2019 Temporary employment register is open for candidates to register a general expression of interest for temporary employment. The OAIC will use this register to help search for suitable candidates at short notice.

The three broad functions of the OAIC are Privacy, Freedom of Information (FOI) and Information policy.

Working with the OAIC will place you at the forefront of advice, guidance and enforcement of Australia’s privacy and freedom of information law; shaping how emerging technologies and data practices impact the lives of every Australian. 

The OAIC is based in Sydney and has two branches:

  • Dispute Resolution — responsible for case management and resolution of privacy complaints and FOI reviews. The Branch also carries out Commissioner initiated investigations and provides the office’s Enquiries line function.
  • Regulation and Strategy — provides advice and guidance to stakeholders, conducts privacy assessments (audits), reviews proposed laws for privacy impacts, manages media and communications, while educating and helping organisations and government agencies understand and meet their privacy obligations.

What skills/qualities are we looking for?

We are looking for highly motivated people that can exercise initiative, have excellent communication skills and high-level analytical skills.

We are seeking applications from appropriately skilled and qualified individuals, which may be used to fill short term or temporary vacancies in the following areas:

  • Policy / Research
  • Case management/ Dispute Resolution
  • Legal interpretation / Drafting guidance
  • Investigations / Decision writing
  • Assessments / Audits
  • Enquiries line
  • Media and Communications

Opportunities exist for periods up to 18 months from classification levels APS4 to EL2.

Applicants will be contacted to assess their suitability and availability as opportunities arise. Please note there is no need to contact us to track the progress of your application, as we will contact you if any suitable vacancies arise.


To be eligible for employment you must be an Australian Citizen, or in some cases, in the process of becoming a citizen. You must be willing and eligible to obtain a security clearance to the appropriate level for the position offered.


Applicants are asked to provide a current resume no longer than 4 pages and a covering letter no longer than 2 pages, indicating the area of work you have expertise in, your educational qualifications, experience and skills.

There is no guarantee that an offer of employment will be made. Applications will be retained until 31 December 2019. Applicants will need to reapply for the 2020 Temporary employment register.

Please note that your application will be available for distribution within the OAIC on a need to know basis, and the Human Resources section of the Australian Human Rights Commission (who provide personnel services to the OAIC).

Please complete the following application form and send to

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Australian Public Service Commission: guidance for job applicants

  • Cracking the Code: How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service
    The guide provides a series of fact sheets with information and tips to help you understand what types of jobs are available in the Australian Public Service, where to find them, and how to apply for jobs and address selection criteria.
  • Integrated Leadership System (ILS) resources: Profiles, comparatives and self assessment
    The ILS was developed in 2004 by the APSC, and provides a common language to support consistent whole-of-APS capability development. It is designed to ensure the APS has the leadership capabilities and behaviours to meet the challenges of the future. These profiles identify the changes in capability at each level from APS 1 through to SES 3.
  • My Career, My APS
    This site was developed by the Australian Public Service Commission to help you identify and follow a career path in the Australian Public Service.

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