The Privacy Officer is also the Department’s designated Chief Legal Adviser and is required to monitor the Department’s compliance with the Privacy Act.
Functions of CPO as a legal adviser includes:
Advising commercial legal teams and serving as an escalation path in the negotiation of privacy aspects of customer and outsourcing agreements.
Lead and build a high performing legal practice, and strategic approach for identifying and developing services that meet the privacy needs of the department and coordinate with the appropriate regulating bodies to ensure that programs, policies and procedures involving civil rights, civil liberties and privacy considerations are addressed in an integrated and comprehensive manner
Ensure the development and implementation of legal and risk management privacy strategies for the department to ensure it has access to the full range of legal advice
Develop and implement strategies to promote and enhance the capabilities of managers across the department, ensuring an up-to-date understanding of legal issues regarding privacy, risks and obligations through advice, communication and training
Liaise with regulatory and accrediting bodies
Work with external affairs to develop relationships with regulators and other government officials responsible for privacy and data security issues