Assistant Freedom of Information Officer

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Other
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20031933T
Closing Date: 27-Aug-2017
Salary Range: $79,955 - $90,716
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: C0681.docx (Word, 430KB)
Job Specification

Victoria Police VPS Application Form.docx (Word, 630KB)
Self Assessment

Contact: Bernie Henneken
(03) 9247 5774

Position Details

  • VPSG-4 range $79,955 - $90,716 p.a. + super + leave loading
  • One full time, ongoing position available
  • Working within the Freedom of Information Division, Public Support Services Department located at the Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands, 3008*

About the role

The Freedom of Information Division was established after the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (‘the Act'). The Act confers on all members of the public the right to apply for access to documents held by Ministers, agencies and statutory bodies-  including departments, hospitals and educational institutions.

The Act has four main functions:

  • To provide a general right of application to access documents
  • To enable individuals to amend incorrect information about them held by government
  • To provide rights of appeal in relation to the previous two functions
  • To require agencies to publish certain details about themselves and their functions

The team at the Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit of Victoria Police processes these FOI requests, and provides advice in relation to FOI legislation and processes to our stakeholders.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Processing complex requests that are received by the unit and providing recommendations in relation to accessing documents within the 45 day timeframe
  • Participating in the management of the FOI function by reviewing and developing FOI policies, practices and procedures
  • Deliver training packages and presentations to all levels of Victoria Police members
  • Negotiating and consulting with stakeholders, including applicants and/or their legal representatives

As the successful applicant you will have:

  • A high level of interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • A demonstrated ability to develop, motivate and guide staff
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven ability to monitor client and stakeholder satisfaction as well as constructively manage stakeholder issues
  • Familiarity with the procedures of the Freedom of Information Commissioner, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, relevant to FOI appeals, reviews and complaints

Requirements and relevant information

  • The incumbent will be required to complete the OHS requirements of the organisation, which may include local level training relating to equipment usage and Hazardous Chemicals

*Your usual place of work will be within the Freedom of Information Division, Public Support Services Department; however you may be required to work at any other division within the Department as required.

How to Apply

Please click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this advertisement. Please view the full Position Description attached to this advertisement before applying. If you are experiencing accessibility issues, please open the Position Description through Acrobat Reader.

When opening the Application Form which is attached to the advertisement, please ‘save' a copy to complete.  Please note that applicants are not required to respond to each selection criteria listed in the position description.

Applications must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Bernie Henneken on (03) 9247 5774 or via email

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirement/adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact the VPS Recruitment Team via email




Please note: No applications will be accepted via email, applicants must click on “Apply Now” to submit an application.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 27 August 2017.

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