First listed on: 27 February 2021

Legal Counsel (Privacy/FOI)

  • Provide high-quality, pragmatic legal advice & support within CSIRO
  • Establish privacy law and FOI leadership and build strong relationships with internal clients
  • Make a difference! - Contribute to ongoing legal education and training

In the role of Legal Counsel (Privacy/FOI), you will be a key member of the Enterprise Legal Team, providing high-quality, practical legal advice, tailored to meet the requirements and circumstances of internal clients. Taking into account CSIRO’s strategic objectives and legislative compliance obligations, this legal advice will fall within the primary areas of privacy law and FOI.  Where possible, you will also have the opportunity to gain experience in other Enterprise Legal Team practice areas.

Specifically you will:

  • high-quality, pragmatic legal advice, documentation and decision-making support, primarily in relation to privacy law and FOI, supporting other areas as required.
  • Develop an understanding of the business, strategic objectives, external regulators, stakeholders, political context and relevant industry partners of CSIRO generally.
  • Demonstrate privacy law and FOI leadership, exercise initiative and influence to build relationships with key internal clients.
  • Contribute to ongoing legal education and training.
  • Maintain confidentiality when dealing with personal and commercially sensitive information.
  • Collaborate widely, communicate effectively and resolve any issues using creativity, reasoning and past experience.

Location:  Black Mountain (Canberra) ACT or Clayton (Melbourne) VIC (other major capital city locations may be considered)
Salary:  AU$113k - AU$132k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite
Reference:  72305

To be considered you will hold a degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification which is appropriate to the classification and duties of the Legal Counsel role.

You will also have:

  • current Australian practising certificate or entitlement to hold an Australian practising certificate
  • A minimum of approximately four years of post-admission experience, in private, in-house and/or government legal practice, in the area of public law (including administrative law, privacy law and FOI).
  • Strong and extensive technical knowledge and applied post-admission experience in public law.
  • Strong team and interpersonal skills, and a history of professional behaviours.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a flexible approach to change.
  • High-level communication and influencing abilities.
  • record of adherence to professional ethics and standards.

To see all the criteria required for success in this role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent.

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How to Apply

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Thursday 18 March, 2021 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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