Candidate Information Pack — EL2 Director Assessments, Regulation and Strategy Branch

30 June 2020

Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time, Part-time

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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

The Regulation and Strategy Branch is a unique environment in which the OAIC provides strategic policy advice in relation to privacy and information management issues and undertakes proactive regulatory activity in the form of assessments (previously known as audits).

The Role

Based in Sydney CBD, the Director, Assessments leads the development and delivery of the OAIC assessment program to successfully identify privacy risk across the public and private sector, by using target-appropriate, effective methodologies to make findings and write concise, constructive assessment reports.

The section managed by the Director, Assessments is also responsible for providing strategic guidance to regulated entities on privacy and government information handling practices.

The role delivers services to the OAIC Executive, staff of the OAIC, government, the private sector and the community.

The Director, Assessments works on a variety of issues and is responsible for:

  1. Leading a section of staff to develop and deliver the OAIC’s strategic, risk-based privacy assessment program.
  2. As a member of the leadership group, contributes to corporate activities and the development and implementation of the OAIC’s strategic plan.
  3. Provides strategic advice to, and liaise with, the Executive and other units about sensitive issues arising in the work of the section.
  4. Delivers high quality strategic policy and regulatory services to the OAIC, government agencies and the private sector on privacy issues.
  5. Fosters productive internal and external working relationships.
  6. Represents the OAIC at forums and events.

Selection Criteria

General criteria

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

Job specific criteria

  1. Expert knowledge and/or experience in privacy, or the ability to quickly acquire this knowledge
  2. Knowledge or experience developing strategic, risk-based audit programmes and conducting performance auditing
  3. Qualifications/experience in one or more of the following: law, public policy, auditing, risk assessment and informatics
  4. Experience managing a small team.

For further information on the general selection criteria see:

Remuneration and Benefits

Total remuneration package will include up to $158,507 (ranging from $120,356 to $137,355 plus 15.4% superannuation) dependent on your experience, skills and abilities.

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 at the NV1 level.

How to Apply

Please complete the attached application sheet as part of your application. You are 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. All items should be sent as one document, including your full resume, to:

Closing Date: 5pm, Wednesday 15 July 2020.

More information: visit or contact;

Ms Melanie Drayton, Assistant Commissioner, Regulation & Strategy on (02) 9284 9812 for more information.

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

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 human resources privacy policy on our website.

Vacancy details

Please select your preferred position(s):

  EL2 Director Assessments

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APS employment

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

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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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