Manager, Freedom of Information (FOI) (VPSG6)

Job posted: 29/07/2022
Applications close: 29/08/2022 (Midnight)
13 days remaining

13 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $127,467 - $170,579

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/DJ6187_JUL

Reference: VG/DJ6187_JUL

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579

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 strategic leadership skills in the Freedom of Information team
  • VPSG 6 Classification salary range ($127,467 - $170,579) plus superannuation
  • One (1) ongoing full time opportunity available


About Us

The Freedom of Information (FOI) team is part of the Corporate Governance and Support business unit in the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

The Assurance business unit 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, information and records management, archive and mail services, management of the departments electronic document and electronic briefing and correspondence systems, information privacy, information security, compliance and committee operations.

The department's FOI Requests team is part of Information Integrity and Access (IIA) in Assurance and manages requests for documents on behalf of business units, with applicants typically including Members of Parliament, journalists, prisoners and members of the public.

The Manager, Freedom of Information (FOI) manages the departments FOI responsibilities. The role provides specialist strategic and functional leadership in relation to the management of the department's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced, high calibre leader to manage a team of high functioning FOI practitioners in the delivery of FOI services that ensure the departments compliance with the statutory requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). As the Manager FOI you will be recognised for your specialist and authoritative knowledge and advice on all matters relating to FOI decision making and processes. Working in a fast paced, dynamic and high volume pressured environment, to be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate your ability to:

  • provide strategic leadership in the delivery of high quality FOI outcomes
  • develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders
  • lead innovation and improvement in FOI initiatives
  • remain composed under pressure in a high volume, high workload environment
  • use your specialist FOI knowledge to communicate confidently and credibly to all levels of the organisation.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Specialist knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the interpretation and application of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
  • Extensive experience in the application of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 is desirable.
  • A degree Administrative Law would be highly regarded.

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 in this job advertisement.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

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.


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.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
Manager, Freedom of Information (FOI) (VPSG6)

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Lesley Crombie on 0428 076 722 | Lesley.crombie@justice.vic.gov.au

Manager, Freedom of Information (FOI) (VPSG6)