Candidate Information Pack — APS6 Policy Adviser and EL1 Assistant Director, Regulation and Strategy Branch

Last updated: 3 September 2019

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Your Opportunity

We live in a digital age that is changing and moving rapidly. Globally we are realising the importance of personal data as a driver of our economy, our public services and our lives in general. Data protection and privacy laws are now front of mind and increasingly emerging as an important component of human rights.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is looking for talented professionals to join our team. Working for the national privacy regulator, you will be at the forefront of emerging privacy and data protection practice. You will be involved in upholding privacy and information access rights in our globalised and rapidly evolving data environment, working to increase community confidence in the protection of personal information and access to government-held information.

This is your opportunity to work on projects to advance online privacy protections, prepare for the commencement of the Consumer Data Right, consider privacy issues around emerging technologies, automated decision making, cybersecurity, the My Health Records system, and credit reporting, and conduct assessments of the personal information handling practices of government agencies and the private sector.

The Roles

The Regulation and Strategy Branch is looking for talented people to fill APS6 Policy Adviser and EL1 Assistant Director roles to deliver our strategic priorities. There are multiple roles available, based in the Sydney CBD. 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.

With qualifications and/or experience in public policy, law, proactive regulation, information management or technology, you will undertake complex strategic policy and regulatory analysis and advice, prepare guidance and submissions, develop legislative instruments, conduct privacy assessment (audit) programs, and analyse proposed regulatory initiatives to minimise any adverse effects on the privacy of individuals.

Using your strong stakeholder engagement and communication abilities, you will build sustainable and productive professional working relationships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, the community and across the OAIC to provide advice and promote awareness and understanding of privacy legislative requirements.

In addition, as an Assistant Director you will lead a team to develop and deliver high quality strategic policy advice and guidance, and high-level executive briefings in preparation for parliamentary proceedings and high-level stakeholder engagements. You will also lead a team and work collaboratively across the OAIC to promote the work of the section and harness information and opportunities.

Remuneration and Benefits

Total Remuneration between $94,881 and $127,909 (including 15.4% superannuation) dependent on skills, abilities and your position.

  • APS 6 Policy Adviser remuneration is $82,219 to $90,539 plus 15.4% superannuation.
  • EL 1 Assistant Director remuneration is $103,618 to $110,840 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 cutting edge of privacy and data protection, paving the way for future career opportunities.
  • 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.


  • 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.

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:

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 19 September 2019.

More information: or contact Sarah Croxall, Director Regulation and Strategy on 02 9284 9828 for more information.

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

If you are not shortlisted, you will be notified by email.

Application Sheet

Please complete this form to apply for a position with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Any personal information you provide is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and will be used for recruitment purposes only.

You can view our privacy policy on our website.

Vacancy details

Please select your preferred position(s):

  APS6 Policy Adviser Role only
  EL1 Assistant Director Role only
  Both the APS6 Policy Adviser Role and the EL1 Assistant Director roles

Personal details

Given name  
Preferred name  
Address line 1  
Address line 1  

APS employment

If you are currently employed in the Australian Public Service (APS), please provide the following information

APS employerResponse
Australian Government Service Number (AGS)  
APS Classification  
Employment status (ongoing or non-ongoing)  


Are you an Australian citizen?  
Have you received a redundancy benefit, severance payment or similar benefit from an APS Agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer within the last 12 months?  

Accessibility adjustment of selection process

The selection process may include a range of assessment activities for example, cognitive testing, work samples as well as an interview. Most assessment activities are timed and are likely to include reading from a computer screen or paper.

We understand that you may not wish to share information about your disability at this time, however the responses you provide will help us in making the selection process inclusive and give you the opportunity to request any necessary adjustments.

Are there any adjustments that you may require to the selection process?  
If you do require adjustments to the selection process, please tell us what type of adjustments you require.  

Submitting your application

When you are ready to submit your application, please send the following document (as one document) by email to

I have included as one document
  Completed job application form
  A covering letter of up to two pages explaining my interest, motivation and fit for the role, including the skills and experience I will bring to the organisation and the position(s)
  My full resume

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