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Freedom of Information and Privacy Officer

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Work type: Full Time Permanent
Location: VIC, ACT, NSW, QLD
Categories: Legal

The Organisation

Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation responsible for the safe and efficient management of 11% of the world’s airspace and the provision of air traffic control and aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia’s busiest airports.

Our people are our greatest asset with a dynamic and diverse team operating from locations across the country - from bustling cities to regional and remote locations, including an island. This team keep Australia’s aviation industry safe every day of the year, both in the air and on the ground.

We connect people with their world safely – linking family and friends, generating economic activity, creating jobs, and facilitating trade and tourism.

Airservices is committed to fostering a culture that is diverse, inclusive, and respectful.  We encourage motivated individuals who love what they do, value a service first mindset and embrace a challenge to explore a career with Airservices. In return you will be a valued team member, be offered flexibility and experience a meaningful career in an exciting, ever-evolving aviation industry.

The Role & The Team

Reporting to the General Counsel, you will be Airservices’ authorised Freedom of Information decision-maker and, Privacy Officer.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • FOI
    • Acting as the first point of contact for all FOI matters for both internal and external parties
    • making decisions in relation to requests for access in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982
    • Ensuring regular reporting to the General Counsel and other Airservices staff as required in relation to the management of requests under the FOI Act
  • Privacy and data breaches
    • Responding to requests for access to, and correction of, personal information
    • Responding to alleged breaches of the Australian Privacy Principles
    • Maintaining all necessary and appropriate records in relation to complaints alleged breaches and requests with respect to personal information, including an up to date centralised record of Airservices’ personal information holdings
  • FOI and Privacy related legal proceedings
    • Support Airservices’ management of legal proceedings under the FOI Act or Privacy Act, including assistance with preparation of submissions and evidence

Please see the link below to view the full Position Description:

Download FilePD - Legal Counsel - FOI and Privacy.pdf

The Person

The successful applicant will have:

  • Experience acting as an FOI and Privacy Officer (or equivalent role such as a senior member of an FOI and Privacy Team)
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the FOI Act and related Regulations and Guidelines (or equivalent State instruments), an awareness of case law and reference materials (such as those made available by the OAIC) with respect to the interpretation of FOI and Privacy legislation and an understanding of the mechanisms for internal and external review of decisions under the FOI Act and the Privacy Act (or equivalent State instruments)
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the Privacy Act, the Privacy Code, and related Regulations and Guidelines (or equivalent State instruments) and other legislation applicable to Airservices which is relevant to the handling of personal information, such as income tax legislation
  • A demonstrated ability to act with integrity and independence as a statutory decision-maker
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to data incidents, including leading and coordinating responses to actual and suspected data breaches in accordance with legislative requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to draft correspondence, templates, briefing material and reports relating to the management of FOI and Privacy obligations
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to support engagement with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Tertiary qualification in law strongly preferred but candidates without this qualification who have the above experience and skills will be considered


Airservices Australia is a diverse and inclusive employer that recognises the benefits of having a workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. We encourage applications from diverse groups including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Security Clearance

To be eligible to apply, you must be an Australian Citizen or a Permanent resident as an Airservices Background check is required for this role. Please refer to the security check requirements successful applicants will be required to undertake as part of the recruitment process.

Should you require any further information please contact Cortnie Taylor Talent Acquisition Partner on

How to Apply

To apply for this position please lodge an application online before Applications close 11.55 pm (AEST) Wednesday 25 May, 2022.

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