Legal Officer

The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC) was established in September 2017 under the Freedom of Information Amendment (Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner) Act 2017. OVIC takes on the functions that were previously performed by two separate bodies, the Office of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection. This new legislation has ensured that one body manages FOI, privacy and data protection regimes and has broad oversight of the Victorian Government's information access and management practices.
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Department: Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1356712
Closing Date: 27-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $82,574 - $93,689
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Legal Officer PD V2.0.doc (Word, 531KB)

Application Form Legal Officer.docx (Word, 46KB)

Contact: Bryan Wee
8684 7586

Position Details

The Legal Officer provides legal advice and assistance managed by the General Counsel. This involves a range of tasks, including preparing formal documents and advices, assisting decision-makers to resolve complex reviews, appearing at simple hearings like directions hearings and drafting responses to written complaints. The role is also expected to provide training and education, both internally and externally. The Legal Officer is expected to provide practical advice and focus on problem solving. The ability to maintain confidentiality and a high level of professionalism are expected.

Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Provide comprehensive legal advice on complex review and complaint matters.
  • Research, investigate and analyse complex issues to provide advice and recommendations.
  • Prepare accurate memoranda on complex legal issues based on high-level research, analysis, synthesis and interpretation and provide, within limited time constraints, written and verbal advice to Staff, Managers, the Public Access Deputy Commissioner, Information Commissioner and General Counsel.
  • Contribute to policy development, legislative reform, identification of issues and trends and strategic resolution of problems 
  • Participate and present training and education activities. 
  • Achieve early resolution of cases through assisting with negotiation 
  • Assist in managing litigation that the Information Commissioner is involved party to, which may involve appearances before VCAT, instructing external legal advisors and work independently with limited supervision of General Counsel within limited time constraints.

How to apply:
a) a statement addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description; and
b) a statement addressing the question in the Position Application Form are to be submitted online by selecting the "Apply Now" button

Applications close 27 September 2018

Other relevant information:
A comprehensive position description is attached. For further information regarding the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC), please visit our website at

For any additional enquiries regarding the position please phone the contact on the position description. If you experience difficulties in applying online, please contact HR Shared Services on 1800 039 411.

OVIC values the contribution of all employees and fair and equitable treatment of all people is integral to all activities. As such OVIC offers Reasonable Adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.

Applicants must be Australian citizens.

Employment of successful candidates will be subject to a National Police Check and will be subject to security checks.

OVIC is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information. The recruitment process and all matters relating to it are treated in the strictest confidence. Personal information received during the recruitment process will be managed in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

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