APS6 Project Officer - FOI and Royal Commission

The APS6 Project Officer will support senior members of the Ministerial, Parliamentary, FOI and Royal Commissions Branch to undertake sensitive work that is of significant public interest. The role will work across multiple projects, leading independently as well as contributing to projects across the branch.
 
The APS6 Project Officer will have a considerable level of public contact in relation to complex, difficult or sensitive issues. It may liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders in a representational role on behalf of the branch.
 
The Freedom of Information (FOI) team is responsible for managing and responding to all FOI requests received. The team manage requests for access to documents, including requests for information to be changed if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading. The team also manage requests seeking a review of an officer's decision regarding access to a document or not to amend a person's personal record.
 
The Royal Commissions (RC) team is responsible for managing and responding to all requests from a Royal Commission. The team responds to requests for information (both by locating and providing documents and also preparing background papers and witness statements), coordinating requests and liaising with other government departments/agencies and external consultants.
 
Responsibilities include but not limited to:  
  • Undertaking procedural and administrative functions to support branch objectives, including tracking, monitoring and reporting on stakeholder management interactions and activities
  • Understanding, analysing and interpreting policies, strategies and work plans
  • Providing updates on work outputs, identifying trends and implementing changes to facilitate team objectives against specific outcomes
  • Managing and coordinating project tasks and providing support on procedures and project objectives
  • Supporting the preparation of formal briefing material
  • Providing support on established technical, operational and administrative activities.
Royal Commission specific skills
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex material swiftly
  • Strong written and communication skills (writing is a must, preferably Government)
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment and develop strong rapport with stakeholders (demonstrated stakeholder engagement experience)
  • Demonstrated project management.
Freedom Of Information specific skills
  • Assist & prepare FOI decisions in accordance with the FOI Act
  • Assist the coordination of in-house and outsourced FOI services
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with clients and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Managing the priorities of clients and available resources (including staff) to deliver results on time and within budget
  • Preparing and contributing to a range of other material including briefing material for Ministers, Board papers, media releases, reports to Parliamentary committees, and correspondence
  • Assist in developing systems, processes and practical tools including training to support FOI handling and awareness.
Desirable
  • Previous experience in a Royal Commission or FOI
  • Legal qualification highly regarded.
Mandatory
  • Baseline Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) clearance required.
 
This is a 12-month contract role due to start early February 2021. Applications must be received by Friday 8th January 2021 so apply NOW if you are keen to be considered for this excellent opportunity or call Brooke Lawry on 03 8319 7840 first thing Monday morning for a confidential discussion.
08/02/2021
Melbourne (Geelong)
Contract
Legal
BH-358493-1
Brooke Lawry
The APS6 Project Officer will support senior members of the Ministerial, Parliamentary, FOI and Royal Commissions Branch to undertake sensitive work that is of significant public interest. The role will work across multiple projects, leading independently as well as contributing to projects across the branch.
 
The APS6 Project Officer will have a considerable level of public contact in relation to complex, difficult or sensitive issues. It may liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders in a representational role on behalf of the branch.
 
The Freedom of Information (FOI) team is responsible for managing and responding to all FOI requests received. The team manage requests for access to documents, including requests for information to be changed if it is incomplete, out of date, incorrect or misleading. The team also manage requests seeking a review of an officer's decision regarding access to a document or not to amend a person's personal record.
 
The Royal Commissions (RC) team is responsible for managing and responding to all requests from a Royal Commission. The team responds to requests for information (both by locating and providing documents and also preparing background papers and witness statements), coordinating requests and liaising with other government departments/agencies and external consultants.
 
Responsibilities include but not limited to:  
  • Undertaking procedural and administrative functions to support branch objectives, including tracking, monitoring and reporting on stakeholder management interactions and activities
  • Understanding, analysing and interpreting policies, strategies and work plans
  • Providing updates on work outputs, identifying trends and implementing changes to facilitate team objectives against specific outcomes
  • Managing and coordinating project tasks and providing support on procedures and project objectives
  • Supporting the preparation of formal briefing material
  • Providing support on established technical, operational and administrative activities.
Royal Commission specific skills
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex material swiftly
  • Strong written and communication skills (writing is a must, preferably Government)
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment and develop strong rapport with stakeholders (demonstrated stakeholder engagement experience)
  • Demonstrated project management.
Freedom Of Information specific skills
  • Assist & prepare FOI decisions in accordance with the FOI Act
  • Assist the coordination of in-house and outsourced FOI services
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with clients and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Managing the priorities of clients and available resources (including staff) to deliver results on time and within budget
  • Preparing and contributing to a range of other material including briefing material for Ministers, Board papers, media releases, reports to Parliamentary committees, and correspondence
  • Assist in developing systems, processes and practical tools including training to support FOI handling and awareness.
Desirable
  • Previous experience in a Royal Commission or FOI
  • Legal qualification highly regarded.
Mandatory
  • Baseline Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) clearance required.
 
This is a 12-month contract role due to start early February 2021. Applications must be received by Friday 8th January 2021 so apply NOW if you are keen to be considered for this excellent opportunity or call Brooke Lawry on 03 8319 7840 first thing Monday morning for a confidential discussion.
08/02/2021
Melbourne (Geelong)
Contract
Legal
BH-358493-1
Brooke Lawry