Freedom of Information Officer

As Victoria's environmental regulator, we set and enforce environmental standards to help ensure all Victorians can enjoy clean air, healthy waterways and pollutant-free land.

To achieve the best possible environmental outcomes for Victoria, we're increasingly shifting our focus from minimising the effects of environmental harm, to preventing it from happening in the first place.

To help us achieve this, we're now recruiting. By working at EPA you can enjoy a meaningful career with great work-life balance, while building a better future for our environment.

Job Details
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Department: Environment Protection Authority
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Environment
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/EPA/LEGAL/1705298
Closing Date: 29-Mar-2023
Salary Range: $91,418 - $103,725
Job Duration: 12 Months
Attachments: PD_PN700972_Freedom of Information Officer_Legal_VPS4_FT.pdf (PDF, 365KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Colin Wolfe

Position Details

Freedom of Information Officer

  • $91,418 - $103,725 salary range
  • Hybrid working options
  • 200 Victoria Street, Carlton

About the organisation

As the environmental regulator for Victoria, we set and implement environmental standards to help ensure all Victorians can enjoy clean air, healthy waterways and pollutant-free land.

Benefits of working with the EPA:

  • Contribute to the protection of Victorian environment and health of its people
  • A focus on work/life balance and development opportunities
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace with many career pathways
  • Hybrid and flexible work arrangement options

About the role

Coordinate the EPA's response to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Ensure statutory requirements are met, aligned to EPA's strategic priorities to prevent harm to Victorian communities and the environment from pollution and waste. Actively contribute to a positive organisational culture and achieve the highest standards of performance and integrity.


  • Under the supervision of the Freedom of Information Lead, Manage, process, make determinations and report of EPA's FOI requests
  • Provide expert advice across EPA on all FOI matters
  • Implement policies and procedures that support and enable compliance and knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • Coordinate timely responses to FOI requires and applications for review
  • Consult with relevant staff as required on FOI determinations and prepare briefings
  • Contribute to regular training and information sessions on FOI and records management

Skills and experience

  • A relevant tertiary degree and/or post graduate qualifications in a relevant discipline
  • Experience as an accredited FOI Officer
  • Experience or aptitude for advocating FOI decisions under external review
  • Understanding of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, Privacy and Data Protection Act 1982, Privacy and Data Protection Act 2013, practices and procedures

How to apply

Click the ”Apply” button to submit your resume and cover letter. Applications close 29 March 2023. 

EPA Victoria recognises the value of the diversity, strength, and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as we work with Traditional Owners to care for our environment. We provide a culturally safe and embracing work environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to merit, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. We believe our workforce should represent the diversity of the lands upon which we reside; and we actively embrace staff of different abilities, orientations, backgrounds, faiths, and gender identities.

EPA Victoria is a Child Safe organisation with a strong commitment to physical, cultural, and emotional safety of all children including those with diversity of ability, culture, identity, and linguistic background.

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Please note:

  • Preferred candidates will be required to submit proof of compliance with EPA's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (two doses of COVID-19 vaccine plus at least one booster dose).
  • You must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (for ongoing roles) or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including, but not limited to, police checks, reference checks and role related security clearances.

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