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494643/ISD - Various Opportunities - Privacy Act Review - APS Level 5-6 Broadband

Apply now Job no: 494643
Work type: Full-time and Part-time
Location: Barton, ACT, Canberra, ACT
Categories: APS Level 5, APS Level 6, APS Level 5-6 (Broadbanded)

Our Opportunities

The Integrity and Security Division within the department is undertaking a review of the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 (the Review) as announced by Government in December 2019. The Review implements a recommendation of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Digital Platforms inquiry report and will consider whether the scope of the Privacy Act remains fit for purpose in the digital age – that is, whether privacy settings empower consumers, protect their data and best serve the Australian economy.

The Review will also consider the case for two of the six amendments that the ACCC recommended be made to the Privacy Act which require further consideration and consultation, and will complement the reforms to the Privacy Act announced in March 2019. Those reforms involve strengthening penalties and enforcement powers for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and introducing a binding privacy code for social media platforms and other online platforms that trade in personal information.

The Integrity and Security Division is looking for candidates with diverse skills and expertise at a range of levels (APS Level 5 to Executive Level 2) to comprise the Review team based in Canberra. The Review will run from mid‑2020 until 2021. The team’s staff will work with colleagues from across the Australian government, the states and territories, international partners and private sector experts to develop a blueprint for future privacy reforms.

This is a great opportunity to be part of a small and dynamic team that is seeking to develop a privacy framework in Australia that will empower consumers and serve the Australian economy. As part of the team, you will be helping to ensure that the Privacy Act remains fit for purpose in the digital age.

What we are looking for?

We seek people who bring external ideas, diverse experience, and global perspectives, and are willing to explore innovative ways of working. People who work for us will demonstrate agility and leadership at all levels, apply information effectively in order to solve problems, and work collaboratively to achieve outcomes.

Specific requirements of the role:

  • an understanding of Australian privacy law or the ability to quickly acquire this understanding
  • policy development and research skills
  • an ability to work under direction and independently if required
  • strong communication skills and, specifically, the ability to engage effectively with stakeholders across government and business and in overseas jurisdictions
  • strong written communication skills to produce high quality, well-structured documents that are fit for purpose and require minimal editing
  • a degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution or comparable overseas qualification (desirable).

Please refer to the AGD Performance Expectations for more detail.

The range and nature of work within the Attorney-General’s Department requires a workforce that reflects our diverse society and the department provides a number of support mechanisms for employees.

As an AGD employee, you will:

  • be part of an inclusive and diverse work environment
  • receive a generous starting salary and work conditions
  • benefit from supportive learning and development
  • be supported by a range of active networks including the Indigenous Employee Network, the Celebrating Ability Network, the Pride Network, the Women's Network and the Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Network.

To see further information regarding our support for our employees, please see our Workplace Diversity Page.

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