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Senior Freedom Of Information And Privacy Officer (Vpsg5)

Department of Premier and Cabinet - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Provide authoritative advice, handle complex matters, and support the overall functions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) and Privacy team within DPC's Office of the General Counsel.

  • Manage complex FOI and privacy matters
  • Work within a high performing team in DPC's Office of the General Counsel
  • 12 month fixed term VPS5 opportunity

About us

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) navigates legal and policy challenges with technically outstanding legal advice and practical, evidence-based solutions. We deliver legal expertise from the centre of Government, advising the Premier's and other DPC Ministers' portfolios on complex public law issues.

About the role

As the Senior FOI and Privacy Officer, you will:

  • provide direct support and guidance to FOI Officers in the processing of FOI requests
  • provide authoritative and specialist advice on complex FOI and privacy matters
  • ensure compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
  • quality assure proposed FOI decisions to ensure consistent FOI decision making
  • maintain effective relationships with other branches within DPC, other Government departments and non-Government organisations
  • assist with DPC matters lodged with the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner and at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • highly developed skills in diagnosing emerging issues and developing solutions to policy problems
  • proven ability to establish and maintain relationships with people at all levels
  • excellent influencing and negotiation skills
  • the ability to make sound decisions based on a consideration of facts and alternatives
  • an understanding of government and the role of DPC, with the ability to use government processes effectively to achieve outcomes.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Matthew Thompson, Manager, FOI and Privacy, on 0434 480 774.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, working remotely arrangements are in place. 

The closing date for this position is midnight Monday 24 May 2021.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

How to apply

Apply before the advertised closing date. All applications should include:

  • a resume
  • a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria (within three pages)

Other relevant information

Preferred candidates will be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent form. Employment of successful candidates will be subject to a National Police Check.

DPC actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. All roles at DPC can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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