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Senior Data Governance Officer

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Senior Data Governance Officer


  • Temporary Full-Time
  • Location: Ashfield (relocating to Parramatta Nov 2021)
  • Clerk Grade 9/10, Salary ($113,343 pa - $124,901 pa), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading


About us


The Department of Communities and Justice carries an important purpose across many areas of its work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, juvenile offenders, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness.


Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.


The Insights, Analysis & Research (FACSIAR) directorate is the reporting, analytical and evidence arm of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). We are a diverse and multi-disciplinary team, who, collectively, are experts in operational reporting and the application of research, statistics, analysis and the evaluation of programs in the human services sector.


About the role


The Senior Data Governance Officer is responsible for the day-to-day activities associated with developing and implementing policies, practices, procedures and systems that will ensure that the Human Services Dataset complies with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW).

As part of a small team reporting to the Manager, you will:

  • provide data and privacy governance oversight of the HSDS to support increased use, in line with the strategic priorities of the Stronger Communities Data Partnership
  • ensure appropriate collection, access, use and disclosure of data in compliance with the Public Interest Directions (PIDs)
  • provide data privacy and security advice, guidance and support on accessing and using the HSDS
  • collaborate with data partners and with key government service providers to deliver linkage, hosting and platform services in support of data maturity and analytic activities
  • assist in developing a Privacy Code of Practice and a Health Privacy Code of Practice as long-term replacements for the PIDs, thus ensuring that data linkage and sharing within NSW and with the Commonwealth can continue to be supported
  • undertake at least annual updates of the HSDS and develop and maintain associated metadata.


Essential requirements of the role


Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline and/or equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience with demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.


It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants will have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1 December 2021 and their second dose by 17 January 2022


About you


In addition to meeting the essential requirements, the successful candidate must demonstrate strong capabilities in:


  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in data governance (including regulation and compliance), data privacy and data security
  • Good knowledge of NSW privacy legislation and information security policies
  • Good communications skills with the demonstrated ability to prepare high quality briefs and policy discussion papers in response to Ministerial, Cabinet or other requests
  • Good presentation skills and the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across a range of stakeholders including other DCJ Divisions, state and Commonwealth agencies, academics/researchers and other organisations
  • Demonstrated strong project management and organisational skills, including monitoring and reporting on project plans, milestones and deliverables
  • Tertiary qualification in law (or other related disciplines), or policy / regulatory experience would be preferable.


Does this sound like you? Click here to download the role description.


Applying for the role


When applying you will need to:


  1. Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role
  2. Attach an up-to-date resume (maximum of 5 pages)


Closing date:  Wednesday, 22 December 2021 at 11:59pm. This advert will close in December and then reopen in January 2022 for a further two weeks.


For role enquiries please contact Merran Butler at

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact Erin-Beth Johns via



To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.

This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.


Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Erin-Beth Johns via and advise us of your preferred method of communication.

If you are looking for more information about workplace adjustments at DCJ, please visit our Careers site.


A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months. 


Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.