Eligibility to apply


There are some minimum eligibility requirements for roles in the ACT Public Service which apply to all positions. Additional eligibility criteria may apply to specific roles, and this will be stated in the job ad or position description.

Citizenship status

To be eligible for temporary employment with the ACT Public Service you must hold a valid work visa, be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident. To be eligible for permanent employment within the ACT Public Service you must be an Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident.

A New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia and holds a Special Category temporary residence visa (SCV) under the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958 is treated as a permanent resident of Australia for the purpose of assessing that person's eligibility to be employed by the ACTPS but does not affect a person's residency status in relation to any other federal, state or territory law.

Former staff

Former ACTPS staff are restricted from re-entry to the service including if they:

If you 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 has expired or you exited as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme transition.

Pre-employment checks

Offers of employment are made on the basis that you satisfy all ACTPS pre-employment checks and any other identified position specific requirements. As part of the pre-employment process, new starters are required to provide evidence of their date of birth, citizenship or permanent residency, change of name, banking details, tax file number, emergency contact details and complete a national police history check. In some circumstances a medical exam, immunisations, qualifications or professional registrations are also required to be checked. Registrations can often include drivers licences, Working with Vulnerable People registrations or registration with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI).

Security clearances

The purpose of a security clearance is to allow individuals to access certain government information and resources. Security clearances are issued after the successful completion of background checks with re-assessment required at specific periods. These checks are undertaken to ensure that people entrusted with information:

There are a number of levels of clearance, depending on the material that will be accessed, with ‘Baseline’ being the lowest level.

CMTEDD positions with security clearances

The Chief Minister’s, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate operates two security clearance streams for positions in that Directorate that require security clearances:

If the CMTEDD role is identified as a Position of Trust 1 (PoT1) – Baseline level, you will require an ACT Government issued CMTEDD security clearance which will be valid for five years. If you are a current employee who is on higher duties or promoted to a PoT1 role, the business unit must determine, on a risk management basis, whether you need to re-submit to checks that were conducted when you joined the ACT Public Service.

If the CMTEDD role is identified as a Position of Trust 2 (PoT2) – Negative Vetting 1 level (NV1)you will require an AGSVA issued NV1 clearance which will be valid for 10 years. If you are a current employee who is on higher duties or promoted to a PoT2 role, you will need to re-submit to checks that were conducted when you joined the ACTPS.