Candidate Information Pack — APS6 Review Adviser (Legal) and EL1 Senior Review Adviser (Legal), Dispute Resolution Branch

Last updated: 3 September 2019

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Your Opportunity

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 Dispute Resolution Branch is looking for talented people to fill APS6 Review Adviser (Legal) and EL1 Senior Review Adviser (Legal) 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.

Our Review and Senior Review Advisers (Legal) work in our Freedom of Information team, primarily on assisting 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
  • knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of, the FOI Act and experience in merits review/administrative law processes.

The work you may undertake could include:

  • 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.

In addition, as a Senior Review Adviser you will manage more complex reviews and investigations, mentor and/or supervise staff, develop and deliver high quality strategic policy advice and guidance in relation to the IC review, FOI complaints and FOI regulatory framework and prepare high-level executive briefings in preparation for parliamentary proceedings and high-level stakeholder engagements.

Remuneration and Benefits

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

  • APS 6 Review Adviser (Legal) remuneration is $82,219 to $90,539 plus 15.4% superannuation.
  • EL 1 Senior Review Adviser (Legal) 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 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.


  • Tertiary qualification in law
  • Experience in merits review and/or administrative law
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of, the Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • 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 Emma Liddle, Director Dispute, Resolution on 02 9284 9717 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 Review Adviser (Legal) only
  EL1 Senior Review Adviser (Legal) Role only
  Both the APS6 Review Adviser (Legal) and the EL1 Senior Review Adviser (Legal) roles

Personal details

Given name  
Preferred name  
Address line 1  
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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)  


Do you have a tertiary qualification in law?  
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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