Freedom of Information Roles – APS5 | APS6

Posted 08 July 2024
Salary$55.24 - $60.26 per hour, Benefits: + superannuation
Job type Contract
DisciplineGovernment Federal

Job description

Freedom of Information Roles – APS5 | APS6
  • Multiple Roles 
  • Canberra, Deakin – Brand New Office
  • 12-month contract (Labour Hire)
  • APS5 $55.24 | APS6 $60.26 – hourly rates + superannuation
  • Weekly Pay
About the team and the roles:
The Parliamentary, Ministerial and FOI Branch manages the relationship between the Agency and the Minister’s Office. It supports the Agency in meeting the Minister’s objectives and priorities by providing timely, objective and strategic advice. The branch ensures the Agency are meeting their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and for the Participant Information Access (PIA) Scheme.
APS5 FOI Action Officer:
The role will have a considerable level of contact with internal and external stakeholders and will be required to communicate and provide advice on a range of matters to resolve moderately complex enquiries.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Undertaking procedures to assist a FOI Decision Maker to create, process and make FOI decisions, including complex and sensitive FOI decisions, and ensuring all matters and recorded and closed correctly on all databases in accordance with the FOI Act.
  • Preparing and drafting a range of material including data reports, briefing material and correspondence, internal and external correspondence and formal decision letters.
  • Providing quality assurance support, guidance and training to the FOI and/or PIA team.
  • Providing administrative and project support to develop systems, processes and practical tools including training to support FOI and PIA handling and awareness.
  • Undertaking procedures to assist a PIA Decision Maker to create, process, make and close PIAs and ensuring all matters are recorded and closed correctly on all databases where required.
  • Assisting in preparing statistical reports for senior staff where required.
APS6 FOI Delegate:
The APS6 FOI Delegate will perform work that involves team leadership and management responsibilities requiring the setting of priorities and managing workflows of a team. The role will also contribute to the development of the Agency’s information handling requirements.
The position will, under limited supervision, manage relationships with stakeholders within the Agency, Government organisations, the Ministers Office and the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Being responsible for FOI matters including consulting with relevant line areas, making FOI decisions and ensuring all matters, including complex and sensitive matters, are recorded and closed correctly on all databases in accordance with the FOI Act.
  • Managing the priorities of clients and available resources to deliver results on time and within budget.
  • Preparing and contributing to a range of other material including briefing material for Ministers, Board papers, media releases, reports to Parliamentary committees, and correspondence.
  • Supporting the development of systems, processes and practical tools including delivering training to support FOI and PIA handling and awareness.

Key skills required for roles:

  • Resilience, flexible, efficient, organised, detail orientated, empathetic, high analytical skills, proficient in Microsoft Suite products.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to manage work that may include sensitive content, including abuse, harm, and neglect of people with a disability.

Desirable skills to have for the roles:

  • Experience with the FOI Act (or State/Territory equivalent)
  • Experience with any other access to information processes, such as through administrative schemes, Privacy processes etc. will also be highly suited.
  • Experience in Disability related fields.
  • Experience working with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
Application Requirements:
  • Applicants must hold Australian citizenship.
  • Be willing to undergo an Australian Federal Police Check and completion of the Agency’s screening checks, including; Working With Children Check, NDIS Worker Screening Check.
How to apply:
If this role is of interest to you, APPLY NOW, with your current resume in MS Word format along with an expression of interest noting which position you would like to apply for. If you would like to know more then please don’t hesitate to contact Bill O’Rourke on 02 6162 7319 or via

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