Applying for Jobs in the ACT Public Service
This page provides you with information about eligibility for employment with ACT Public Service and advice on preparing your application.
To be eligible for permanent employment within the ACT Public Service you must be an Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident.
Should you make claims with regard to your academic and/or professional qualifications, you may be required to provide evidence of these certifications.
Prior Receipt of Redundancy Benefit
If you have received a redundancy benefit from an ACT Public Service directorate you may not be eligible for employment without prior approval from both the ACT Public Service Commissioner of Public Administration and the respective Director-General, unless your redundancy period period has expired or you have exited as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition.
The ACT Public Service is committed to Workplace Diversity and aims to create an environment that values and utilises the contribution of its people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Further information about the ACT Public Service commitment to workplace diversity is available at http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/employment-framework/workplace-behaviours/the-respect,-equity-and-diversity-red-framework.
Selection for all employment opportunities in ACT Public Service is based on merit. The method of selection used across all directorates is very similar and may use a variety of assessment methods such as interviews, but may involve literacy and numeracy tests or psychometric tests for certain positions.
If you are asked to provide a resume, you should ensure that all details are up to date. It should entail a summary of your employment history that indicates your previous roles and responsibilities as well as education details and skills relevant to the position.
Generally, you will be asked to provide the names and contact details of at least two referees, who will be able to provide feedback on your recent work performance and an assessment against the job description and selection criteria. You should advise your referees prior to submitting your application that you have nominated them so they are prepared should they receive a call.
Use headers and footers containing your name and number each page.
Selection Criteria Response
The aim of selection criteria is to provide the selection panel with a means of assessing all applicants against the duties of the position and the work-related qualities required for the duties. Duties are tasks that are assigned to a position. The duties of a position are usually outlined in a job description (sometimes referred to as a duty statement or position description). Work-related qualities can include things like initiative, interpersonal skills, and team skills. They are qualities that enhance the performance of duties.
Selection criteria are specific competencies, or groups of competencies, considered essential to perform the duties of the position. When assessing skills against selection criteria, the selection panel will consider particulars such as an applicant's skills and abilities, experience, qualifications and training, and their capacity to operate and perform at the level required.
Your application should include responses to the selection criteria outlined in the Job Description which you can download from the website, www.jobs.act.gov.au. Your application will then be reviewed by the selection committee, and will be assessed against the requirements of the job you are applying for.
In responding to the selection criteria, you should aim to keep your responses clear and concise. Remember, more is not necessarily better. Read the selection documentation provided and prepare your responses in line with the criteria and duty statements. You should respond to each criterion individually, using as many relevant examples as possible that will demonstrate further your ability to perform the duties of the job. If you do not have direct experience in some of the skills areas specific to the position, be sure to outline any skills that you feel are transferable to the advertised position.
It may also be worth making contact with the contact officer to find out specific details of the position. This can help when responding to criteria as they will be able to share with you more detailed information about the job, allowing you to tailor your response more closely to their requirements.
Conducting some research about the directorate and the ACT Government before responding to criteria may also assist you in responding to criteria, making your responses more relevant to the organisation.
Use headers and footers containing your name, the job title and position number, and number each page of your application addressing the selection criteria. Panel members may have a lot of applications to consider and this step will help the selection panel keep track of your application.
Lodging Your Application
Your application must be submitted by the advertised closing date. Extensions may be granted under special circumstances at the discretion of the contact officer, however this should be arranged prior to the close date.
When submitting your application, the following should be attached to an email:
- Completed Application Documentation (obtained from www.jobs.act.gov.au)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Written response addressing the Selection Criteria
- Referee Reports (if requested)
- Copies of Mandatory Qualifications (if requested)
Quote the position number of the job you are applying for in the subject title of the email.
If you are applying for more than one job, submit these applications separately.
The ACT Public Service prefers electronic lodgement of applications using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. If you do not have access to email, please contact Shared Services Recruitment on (02) 620 79000.
Notice of Possible Disclosure
Information you provide as part of selection processes is collected for the purpose of filling the advertised vacancy. If you are successful, personal information collected by Shared Services on behalf of ACT Public Service directorates will only be used for the purpose for which you gave it and will not be disclosed to other persons or organisations without your prior consent unless where required by law. See Employment Information for further detail.
Pre-Employment Integrity Checks
All new ACT Public Service employees must complete a number of pre-employment checks/enquiries prior to commencing employment. You are required to have the following documents in readiness, in the event you are the successful applicant and are not already employed with the ACT Public Service:
- proof of date of birth (copy of birth certificate or current passport)
- proof of Australian citizenship/residency
- proof of name change, e.g. Marriage Certificate or Change of Name by Deed Poll (if applicable)
- mandatory qualifications and/or registration certificates (if applicable).
Other pre-employment checks include national police checks and may include medical history records checks.
Offers of employment are made under the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and are made on the basis that the applicant/employee satisfies all pre-employment checks relevant to the ACT Public Service and any other identified position specific requirements.
The ACT Public Service recognises most entitlements from the Australian Public Service (APS). Mobility arrangements allow people who move from a permanent APS position to a permanent ACT Public Service position, to take their accrued leave and recognition of service entitlements with them.
To be eligible to access mobility arrangements a person moving from the APS to the ACT Public Service needs to resign from their permanent APS position at 8:30am on the same day they start their permanent ACT Public Service position.
See Moving from the Australian Public Service to the ACT Public Service for further detail.
Engagement of new permanent ACT Public Service employees may be conditional upon the satisfactory completion of a probation period. During this time your conduct and work performance is assessed to determine whether they meet the standards required by the directorate.
Employees whose performance and/or behaviour do not reach the required standard during their probationary period may have their employment terminated. The probation period may differ depending on the job.
Your salary on engagement will be the base pay level for the applicable job, as set out in the relevant ACTPS Enterprise Agreement, based on your experience, qualifications, skills and immediate effectiveness.
The ACT Public Service provides salary packaging services for ACT Public Service employees. New employees wishing to access salary packaging should contact Shared Services on (02) 620 79000 or by visiting www.act.gov.au/sharedservices.