Senior Privacy Advisor

  • Located at CFA Headquarters, Burwood East and WFH
  • Full time, Ongoing
  • PTA 5 $107,864 pa (plus 11% superannuation)
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    Department: Country Fire Authority
    Work Type: Ongoing - full time
    Job Function: 182
    Classification: See Advertisement
    Work Location: Burwood East
    Reference: VG/1799571
    Closing Date: 25-Jun-2024
    Salary Range: See Advertisement
    Job Duration: Ongoing - full time
    Attachments: PD - Senior Privacy Advisor 2023-02.docx (Word, 446KB)
    Job Specification

    PD - Senior Privacy Advisor 2023-02.pdf (PDF, 286KB)
    Job Specification

    Contact: Katrina Cuskelly

    Position Details

    The CFA are proud of the work we do, protecting lives and property, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    With over 51,000 volunteers CFA strives to be an organisation of choice for volunteers and employees. We, embrace individuals with diverse skills, experience and backgrounds, recognising the unique value they bring to CFA.

    Want to read more about the Country Fire Authority (CFA) click here

    About the Role

    Are you passionate about privacy and data protection? Do you have the expertise to navigate complex privacy legislation and provide high-quality advice? Join CFA as a Senior Privacy Advisor and play a key role in safeguarding personal information and ensuring compliance across our organisation.

    As the Senior Privacy Advisor, you will work closely with the FOI Appeals & Privacy Manager to deliver timely and superior privacy advice throughout CFA. This position involves collaborating with both internal and external stakeholders to support them understand and comply with CFA's privacy obligations and ensure adherence to relevant legislation.

    The Senior Privacy Advisor's duties include leading privacy breach management, monitoring emerging privacy risks and providing authoritative advice to stakeholders. Responsibilities also involve providing advice and direction with development of Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), Threshold Privacy Assessments (TPAs), promoting responsible data handling, maintaining the PIA Register, preparation of statistical reports, conducting privacy audits, handling complaints and reviewing service provider arrangements.

    Additionally, the advisor will train staff and volunteers on privacy issues, draft and review privacy documentation, liaise with regulators, assess data sharing requests, maintain a Privacy Register, collaborate with the Risk Department and establish a Privacy Representative team to ensure effective privacy management across the organisation.

    About You

    Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

    • Relevant experience in similar roles, understanding and applying relevant legislation within a large, complex and diverse organisation.
    • Proven experience implementing relevant procedures, including complaints handling and dispute resolution, with a willingness to learn existing organisational operating environment, policies, strategic objectives, and risk profile.
    • Demonstrated advanced experience in using Office 365 applications including Outlook, Word, Excel – including graphs and reporting, PowerPoint, and Teams or demonstrated experience in learning new systems quickly. Including supporting others to problem solve issues with related applications.
    • Demonstrated experience in managing conflicting priorities while ensuring outcomes are achieved, providing well-thought-out and timely responses and demonstrating self-awareness around any known knowledge gaps or weaknesses.
    • Proven experience in developing and managing positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Proven experience in effectively communicating relevant complex information in clear, plain English to stakeholders who do not have a strong understanding of privacy and related matters.
    • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and maintaining a contemporary understanding of relevant legislation, regulations, guidance materials and other related information to ensure a best-practice approach.

    Why choose CFA

    • Meaningful Purpose: Your contribution truly makes a difference
    • Work-Life Balance: Paid parental leave, generous leave provisions
    • Growth Opportunities: Learning and development
    • Flexibility: Hybrid work options with flexible work arrangements
    • Discounts: Emergency Memberlink discounts on various services
    • Wellbeing Focus: Healthy for Life programs, flu vaccinations
    • Member Assistance Program: Access support across 8 service pathways

    Your application

    Click the 'apply' button to access our online application form. Here you will be asked to provide personal and contact details and respond to employment-related questions.

    When applying for a position with CFA, please submit a cover letter and resume that demonstrates your qualifications, experience, key attributes and skills required for the position.

    Pre-employment Checks

    Offers of employment will only be made to candidates who:

    • Successfully complete a National Police History Check, Working Rights Check and hold a valid Working with Children Check.

    CFA is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and safe volunteer and work environment. Our aim is to have a volunteer and paid workforce that reflects the community it serves.  First Nations people, women, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 

    Applications close: 11:59pm 25th June 2024

    If at any stage of the recruitment and selection process you require an alternative format to the application material or reasonable adjustment to the interview arrangements, please don't hesitate to contact the person listed on the ad or alternatively, email

    The Country Fire Authority (CFA) values your privacy. We will use the information you provide when you are applying for employment with us for the purpose of recruitment, selection, evaluation and appointment and to report on anonymised key metrics (e.g. diversity). The information we collect will be handled in accordance with privacy laws, including the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.   You can view our Privacy Statement here. For access and correction of the information we have collected, contact


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