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Public Sector Job Applications

Guidance for Public Sector Job Applications

The Australian Public Service (APS) is the place to realise your potential for your public sector job. APS employees fill a wide range of roles and are provided generous support and remuneration in locations across Australia. The APSjobs website is your where you will find  a range of career opportunities as well as practical advice on their code of conduct, salary expectations, and a detailed breakdown of entry requirements and practical information and requirements for  applying for roles such as :

  • A cover sheet
  • A copy of your CV or resume
  • A statement or ‘pitch’ about how your skills, abilities and experience meet the job requirements
  • Addressing the selection criteria or answering any questions if they have been included
  • Contact details for your referees.

Most of the time, your CV alone will not be enough to get you an APS job. When applying for a job it is likely that you will be asked to submit a written application with your CV. This could be in the form of a statement addressing particular selection criteria, or a short ‘pitch’ or statement setting out your skills, abilities and experience relevant to the job.

Selection criteria, if they are used, describe the personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications (if any) a person needs to perform the role effectively. Agencies may ask you to separately address a number of criteria or to write one general statement expressing your claims for the job. The job description will help you understand the responsibilities and tasks required in the job.

The agency’s selection panel will assess the responses of all applicants. Sometimes, this will be enough to identify the best person for the role. More commonly though, this process will create a shortlist of applicants suitable to move to the next stage—usually an interview but it may be another form of assessment.

Education Sector

The Department of Education offers a diverse range of teaching and non-teaching career and employment opportunities. Each state has its own portal to search for roles on a variety of criteria. Roles advertised include permanent and temporary:

  • teaching roles
  • school leadership opportunities, including Principal and classified officer roles
  • therapist roles
  • promotional opportunities
  • professional roles
  • corporate service roles in areas such as human resources, information technology, facilities and finance
  • executive roles in central and regional offices

Some entry-level vacancies may be advertised on these portals, however many appointments are made through recruitment agencies. Information relevant to teaching in your state including current teaching and school leadership opportunities is available through the following portals:

Healthcare Sector

When applying for a Healthcare role in the Public Sector you will find the Department of Health uses the APS-wide Integrated Leadership System (ILS) to describe the capability of its people. In framing an application for jobs in the department, please refer to the ILS capabilities for the job classification advertised to ensure you understand the expectations. The ILS capabilities are used in assessing applicants for their suitability for Health roles. Detail of the expected capability by level under the ILS can be found on the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) website.

For any job within the Healthcare arena, the department uses an online recruitment system for all job applications. For more information about using the online recruitment system see the online recruitment help page. As part of the Australian Public Service (APS), valuing the principle of good public administration, the staff of the department are governed by the APS Values, Code of Conduct and Employment Principles. You can find more information about this on the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) website. The APSC also provides useful tips for applying for a job in the public service in their “Cracking the Code” factsheets.

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