Lawyer - FOI & privacy

Chief Legal Office

Location: Multiple locations
Classification: Executive Level 1
Work type: Permanent
Employment Status: Full-Time
Closing date: 03-Dec-2021

With ASIC you are choosing to be a part of a collegiate and stimulating organisation that's transforming Australia's financial system.

Be the change that ensures a fair, strong and efficient financial system for the benefit of all Australians.

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  • ASIC is seeking a FOI & privacy lawyer
  • Utilise your energy and positive attitude in a supportive environment
  • $111,020 - $122,400 (depending on experience) + 15.4% superannuation
  • Permanent role, multiple locations


A future with ASIC means that your work will contribute to ASIC's vision for a fair, strong and efficient financial system for all Australians. We value what you will bring. We value those with sharp, analytical minds and are open to challenging the way things are done. 


The team 


The Chief Legal Office (CLO) is responsible for a wide range of legal matters within ASIC including providing advice and oversight in respect of major cases being conducted by ASIC, providing advice on complex or novel regulatory matters compliance with ASIC's statutory obligations.

This role is a combined role in the Freedom of Information (FOI) and Privacy teams. Both teams are located within the CLO.

The FOI team is responsible for managing ASIC's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).  Team members are required to use technical expertise and judgement to make informed decisions within relevant timeframes, when managing and responding to requests for documents under the FOI Act.

The Privacy team is responsible for the day-to-day management of privacy practice at ASIC. The team advises ASIC on the operation of the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) as well ensuring ASIC's compliance with ASIC's privacy obligations including advising on Privacy Impact Assessments and responding to data breaches


The role 

As an Lawyer you will:

  • provide legal advice and services to the Commission and senior management of ASIC on matters affecting ASIC's privacy obligations
  • work closely with the Senior Specialist, Privacy and other lawyers in the Chief Legal Office to provide guidance to ASIC staff in relation to all areas of privacy law including conducting and advising on Privacy Impact Assessments and collection notices
  • contribute privacy expertise to ASIC's data and technology projects, platforms and agreements
  • act as FOI decision maker in relation to requests for access to documents (including requests for internal review) made under the FOI Act
  • respond to requests for information from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in relation to applications for OAIC review of FOI decisions. This may include briefing and instructing external counsel where appropriate, and
  • add value to ASIC's internal FOI and privacy capability, including through the provision of appropriate training and guidance on both FOI and privacy to junior staff in the teams as well as across ASIC generally.


About you

  • Bachelor of Law and/or post graduate qualifications in a relevant field.
  • Eligible to hold (as a minimum) a Restricted Government Legal Practicing Certificate in NSW and /or another State or territory.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the law, practice and policy relating to the Privacy Act and the FOI Act and its application to government agencies.
  • Exposure to privacy issues arising in data and technology projects.
  • Experience in processing requests under the FOI Act at a senior level including conducting internal reviews and managing reviews to the OAIC.
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting and applying FOI legislation and providing sound advice and guidance in relation to FOI matters at a senior level.
  • Experience effectively presenting complex information to different target audiences through highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Sound time management skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • A client service focus with strong experience managing a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and the ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with those stakeholders.                        


Applications for this role will close at 11:59pm on 3 December 2021



About ASIC 

ASIC is Australia's integrated corporate, markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.

ASIC has a broad mandate. We are a regulator; a policy advisory body; a consumer protection agency; a licensing body; a financial educator and consumer advocate; and a company and professional registry. And we are a law enforcement agency.

This work is directed to one principal aim: to realise ASIC's vision for a fair, strong and efficient financial system for all Australians. 

Underpinning ASIC's vision is the recognition that every cent in the financial system is other people's money.

A future with ASIC means that your work will contribute to achieving ASIC's vision.

ASIC is committed to a providing a diverse and inclusive workplace where the very best talent in Australia chooses to work. Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply as well as applicants from all backgrounds and with different abilities.

To work with us, you must be an Australian citizen, and be prepared to complete an ASIC Suitability and Baseline Assessment which is issued ASIC's Personnel Security Team. 

Please view the position description for more information or click ‘apply' to start your application.

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