Privacy Commissioner

Job Title: Privacy Commissioner
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Brisbane
Reference: 765216
Contact Name: Natasha Olsson-Seeto
Job Published: August 19, 2021 09:30

Job Description

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The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) is an independent statutory body with functions under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act). The OIC promotes transparency and accountability through greater access to information, balanced with privacy safeguards to protect Queenslanders from harm.

The OIC has oversight and support functions, to lead better practice improvements across the Queensland government sector through engagement, advice and assistance, while ensuring rights are protected and upheld, primarily through external review, complaint and audit functions.

We are seeking exceptional candidates for the statutory position of Privacy Commissioner. 

The Privacy Commissioner is one of two deputy commissioners within the OIC, and reports to the Information Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner leads a small team with specific responsibility to:

  • Promote the adoption of, and monitor compliance with, the privacy principles set out in the IP Act. 
  • Manage strategies, structures and systems to effectively monitor and report on the overall performance of privacy complaints and advice services, and management of data breach notifications.
  • Work effectively with regulated agencies to promote awareness of and ongoing compliance with privacy statutory responsibilities and ensure the legislative interface with the IP Act is appreciated and upheld.
  • Maximise regulatory compliance and minimising regulated agencies risk exposure through a proactive and strategic approach to regulatory responsibilities.
  • Maintain and share a contemporary knowledge of legal, policy, regulatory and technical developments to promote functional approaches to privacy management and information governance more broadly.
  • Receive and decide whether to accept privacy complaints, in accordance with the requirements set out in the IP Act. Mediate accepted complaints where possible. Refer complaints not able to be mediated to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal where requested. 
  • Identify and report on topical and systemic issues to Parliament about the way personal information is dealt with, including about the adoption of new technology by government. 
  • Maintain and further develop a strong working relationship with key strategic partners to maximise our effectiveness in engaging with agency sectors and improving our collective resources for agencies and the community. 
  • Work with a range of key stakeholders across government and across sectors to form professional and robust relationships.
  • Contribute high quality advice and collaborate with the OIC Executive Leadership Team to ensure that OIC functions and business systems operate efficiently and effectively to meet service delivery requirements within budgetary and resource constraints.
  • Act independently, impartially and in the public interest in everything that the Privacy Commissioner does.

To be successful you will preferably hold appropriate tertiary qualifications such as law, business or public administration.  You will either have or be able to rapidly acquire, extensive knowledge of contemporary regulatory, governance and compliance frameworks with a working knowledge of the opportunities and challenges that relate to rapidly evolving technology and uses of personal data.  You will be an exceptional communicator – verbal and written including an ability to present publicly and interact with media. You will be an experienced advisor to senior executives, Chief Executives and Government officials. 

People from diverse backgrounds, including culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, women, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Confidential enquiries can be made to Natasha Olsson-Seeto or Courtney Chambers via or 07 3305 5800.

Applications close Midnight Thursday, 9 September 2021

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