Freedom of Information Officer (VPSG4)

Job posted: 17/03/2023
Applications close: 31/03/2023 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $91,418 - $103,725

Occupation: Other

Reference: VG/DJ1369MAR23

Reference: VG/DJ1369MAR23

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: $91,418 - $103,725

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

  • Utilise your Freedom of Information expertise to provide support and advice to the FOI branch
  • Ongoing, Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 4: $91,418 - $103,725 plus superannuation.

About Us:

The Assurance directorate manages corporate policies for the department and its Ministers to ensure strong governance and service delivery. It is responsible for risk management, crisis and continuity management, internal and external audit, freedom of information (FOI), information privacy and information security.

The FOI Unit is a friendly and collaborative team who provide high quality and targeted advice to the Department. The team is committed to helping staff balance work-life responsibilities, by providing staff with flexible work and leave arrangements. The position will report directly to the Manager, FOI Requests.

About the Role

The Freedom of Information Officer will be responsible for assessing FOI requests as well as providing expert advice on a broad range of matters relevant to the FOI unit. This role is critical to the FOI Unit's overall process improvement project, to streamline internal procedures and enhance responsiveness.

The key accountabilities of the role may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responding to and processing FOI requests in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • Acting as a delegate of the Secretary in making decisions under the FOI Act
  • Working within and across different FOI teams to provide guidance, authoritative and specialist advice to different business units of the department

About You:

To be an ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Applicants must have experience in the interpretation and application of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 or general experience in legislative interpretation.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, with a high level of attention to detail
  • The ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders from across the department
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and the ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships to achieve required outcomes for the department.

How to apply:

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Freedom of Information Officer (VPSG4)

Job type:

Full time

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Paul Pittorino on 0409 558 183 | paul.pittorino@justice.vic.gov.au

Freedom of Information Officer (VPSG4)