APS5 Assistant Review and Investigation Adviser (Legal) APS6 Review Adviser (Legal)

Your Opportunity

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is 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 functions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • government information policy functions, conferred on the Australian Information Commissioner under the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010

Are you up to the challenge of safeguarding Australians’ privacy and information rights?

Working with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will put you at the forefront of data protection and access to information regulation.

It’s a career-defining opportunity to spearhead compliance, enforcement and awareness across a dynamic regulatory area.

Our agency has oversight across almost every Australian Government agency and industry sector. Our mission is to uphold and promote Australia’s privacy and freedom of information laws.

Working within a small and agile agency, you will take on a range of work as part of a collaborative team to progress privacy and access to information issues.

You will be forging strong working relationships within government and across regulated entities as we pursue a wide-ranging regulatory remit.

We are also actively engaged with our interstate and international counterparts on policy, enforcement and awareness initiatives.

We take pride in our proactive and collaborative working culture, our expertise and guidance, and our deep commitment to serving the community.

At a time of increased focus on data protection, transparency and accountability issues, this role is your chance to influence the future of privacy and access to information in Australia and beyond.

The Roles

The Freedom of Information Regulatory Group is looking for talented people to fill APS5 Assistant Review and Investigation Adviser (Legal), APS6 Review Adviser (Legal) roles to deliver our strategic priorities. Roles are being offered on both an ongoing and non-ongoing basis (up to twelve months), with the option for full-time or part-time work.

These roles primarily assist the Australian Information Commissioner to conduct external review of agencies and ministers’ decisions under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and investigating agency actions 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 lawyers who enjoy working both independently, and in a team and have:

  • excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively by telephone, 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 competing priorities
  • experience in merits review/administrative law processes, including experience in working for courts and tribunals
  • knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of, the FOI Act.

The work you may undertake could include:

  • assisting with early resolution of Information Commissioner reviews or complaints
  • managing an active caseload of Information Commissioner reviews or investigations
  • 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.

General Selection criteria

1.   Supports strategic direction
2.    Achieves results
3.    Supports productive working relationship
4.    Displays personal drive and integrity
5.   Communicates with influence

Job specific skills and experience

6. Tertiary qualification in law

7. Experience in merits review and/or administrative law

8. Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of, the Freedom of Information Act 1982

Remuneration and Benefits

Total remuneration ranges between $87,766 and $106,571 (including 15.4% superannuation) dependent on skills, abilities and your position.

  • APS5 Assistant Review Adviser (Legal) base remuneration is $76,054 to $80,403 (plus 15.4% superannuation)
  • APS 6 Review Adviser (Legal) base remuneration is $83,864 to $92,350 (plus 15.4% superannuation)

The OAIC is committed to enabling its people to perform at their best and offers the following benefits:

  • Opportunity to work at the forefront of information access, paving the way for future career opportunities within government and administrative law.
  • Access to ongoing professional development, with a capability framework to guide skill enhancement.
  • Genuine flexibility to help achieve a balance between work and home life. 
  • Additional paid leave over the Christmas to New Year period as well as access to other leave (e.g. for study or moving).
  • Contribution to your wellbeing through subsidies for eye health, flu vaccinations and a wellbeing allowance.
  • Terms and conditions of employment are set out in OAIC’s Enterprise Agreement 2016 to 2019. Whilst remuneration is detailed in the Commissioner’s 2019 Determination, with salary progression based on annual assessments of performance and contribution.

Eligibility

  • 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 at the Negative Vetting 1 level.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached application sheet and select the role(s) you prefer to be considered for. You are also asked to provide a covering letter of up to two pages explaining your interest, motivation and fit for the role, including the skills and experience you will bring to the organisation and the position(s). Send all items as one document, including your full resume, to: jobs@oaic.gov.au.

Closing Date: 11.59pm, Sunday 28th February 2021

More information: https://www.oaic.gov.au/about-us/join-our-team/ or contact
Ms Rocelle Ago, Principal Director FOI Regulatory Group on 02 9284 9621 for more information.

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview. 

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