Freedom of Information (FOI) Team Leader

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ5087_JUL
Closing Date: 22-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - FOI Team Leader - VPS 5 - DJ5087 - July 2022.docx (Word, 539KB)

Contact: Lesley Crombie on 0428 076 722

Position Details

  • Show your leadership skills as a Team Leader in the Freedom of Information Unit
  • VPSG 5 Classification salary range ($103,920 - $125,735) 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. We are seeking an experienced FOI practitioner to lead a high functioning team of FOI officers in the delivery of quality FOI decision making in compliance with the statutory requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. You will have demonstrated experience in exercising good judgement and setting priorities to manage legislative and operational requirements while working in a fast paced and high pressured work environment. Your initiative and pro-active 'can do' approach together with your strong stakeholder management skills will be highly regarded in this role.

About the Role

The FOI Team Leader is a leadership role within the FOI Unit and provides management support for FOI Officers in responding to FOI requests. The Team Leader is responsible for ensuring FOI requests are completed within statutory timeframes and that the department provides consistent and high-quality FOI decisions and advice in accordance with the FOI Act.

Key responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to:

  • Manage, process and make decisions on significant and complex requests made to the department under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
  • Assist the Manager, FOI Requests with the effective management of the FOI Unit and provide leadership to the FOI Team by leading and supporting individuals to achieve their potential while maximising their contribution to achieve their goals and outcomes, and modelling behaviours integral to good people management and departmental values.
  • Provide authoritative and specialist advice and briefings to Ministers' offices, the Secretary, and other departmental staff on complex FOI matters, in consultation with the Manager, FOI Requests.
  • Initiate and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders at peer and senior levels.
  • Ensure the respective FOI team and the broader department is meeting its statutory obligations in accordance with the objectives and spirit of the Act.

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 in 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.

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