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Assistant Director (EL1), Freedom of Information

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Type of vacancy and duration Multiple positions — ongoing or non-ongoing (temporary), full time or part time
Classification Executive Level 1

Total remuneration of up to $125,402
($101,586 to $108,667, plus 15.4% superannuation)


Freedom of Information

Reporting to

Director, Freedom of Information (EL2)

Location Sydney
Contact officer for information

Emma Liddle, Acting Director
02 9284 9717

Email applications to:
Closing date for applications  Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 5.00pm

About the role

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role which places you at the forefront of Australian freedom of information law?

The OAIC is looking for Assistant Directors to work in our Freedom of Information team, to work primarily on assisting the Information Commissioner to conduct external review of agencies and ministers’ decisions and investigating complaints under the FOI Act.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dedicated team to help realise the OAIC’s key deliverables of promoting and upholding information access rights for the Australian community. If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and have an interest in FOI, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for a highly motivated individuals who enjoy working both independently and in a team and have:

  • excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively by phone, write clearly and deal with a diverse range of people
  • excellent attention to detail, analytical skills, and the ability to manage a high volume case load, and
  • the ability to work strategically in a regulatory context, and across a rapidly changing technological environment
  • knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of the FOI Act and the ability to communicate those concepts clearly and effectively are essential to the role.

The work you may undertake could include:

  • mentoring/supervising staff and providing ongoing professional support
  • managing an active caseload of more complex Information Commissioner (IC) review applications and/or FOI complaints
  • working with parties to resolve matters
  • reviewing and undertaking analysis of the documents at issue and relevant submissions and providing appraisals and/or recommendations as to the correct or preferable decision
  • drafting administrative decisions
  • providing advice to the public, in writing, by phone or in person on the operation of the FOI Act
  • assisting with the development of guidance
  • contributing to team and section performance objectives
  • representing the OAIC at external meetings, conferences and forums as required.

Statement of duties

Under limited direction:

  1. Plan and conduct review or investigations of a caseload of more complex IC reviews and FOI complaints.
  2. Actively use alternate dispute resolution techniques with parties to attempt to resolve matters.
  3. Prepare correspondence, briefs, recommendations and make or draft administrative decisions in relation to ‘IC review’ and ‘extension of time’ applications and complaints under the FOI Act.
  4. Provide advice in writing, by phone or face to face on the application of the FOI Act and associated legislation including preparing detailed correspondence, reports and other relevant documentation.
  5. Mentor and supervise staff and provide ongoing professional support
  6. Contribute to the development of policy and office procedures.
  7. Other relevant tasks as directed.

These duties are to be performed in accordance with the APS Code of Conduct and APS Values and Office policies, including Workplace Diversity and Work Health and Safety. Under section 25 of the Public Service Act 1999 the Office may re-assign the duties of an employee from time to time.

Selection criteria

General criteria

  1. Shapes strategic thinking
  2. Achieves results
  3. Cultivates productive working relationships
  4. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  5. Communicates with influence

Highly desirable criteria

  1. Knowledge of the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982 and experience in external merits review processes
  2. Relevant qualifications in law
  3. Demonstrated experience in alternative dispute resolution or in the areas of merits review/ administrative law


  • Applicants must be Australian citizens, or eligible for citizenship.
  • For the duration of your employment with the OAIC you will be required to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance.

Remuneration and conditions of employment

Remuneration will be within the pay range outlined in the OAIC’s Enterprise Agreement.

You will have access to a range of additional, progressive benefits such as:

  • additional paid leave during Christmas shutdown period between Christmas and New Year’s Day plus access to other types of paid leave (study, moving)
  • access to health benefits such as eye tests, flu vaccinations and a wellbeing allowance
  • salary progression, based on annual assessment of performance.

How to apply

Submit the following, preferably as a single document, to

  • A covering letter explaining your interest and motivation for this role and outlining how your skills and experience meet the selection criteria – you do not have to address each selection criteria separately.
  • your full resume.
  • a completed copy of the job application form.

Applications are due on Wednesday 5 December 2018. Applications must be received by close of business.

If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted to arrange an interview. If you are not shortlisted, you will be informed by email. We are not usually able to provide feedback to candidates that are not shortlisted.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 10 December 2018.