Applying for a job

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When considering applying for a position it is important to read the position description for the position you wish to apply for. If you feel like you meet the role requirement, we look forward to receiving your application. 

Need support with your application?

We encourages applications from people with disability and we are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process.

Applications are only accepted in response to advertised vacant positions. Unsolicited applications due to privacy implications will not be retained by Council.

What to include in your application

Your application must include the following information:

  • a covering letter including the title of the position you are applying for and position reference number. The letter should also include your contact number during business hours.
  • an up to date resume including personal details, employment history including current position and prior experience, qualifications and details of referees (please include details of your current employer, if applicable).
  • Not all ads require a selection criteria so please be sure to read the job ad requirements.

Submitting your application

All applications need to arrive before the advertised closing date. All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Information Privacy Act. Details contained in your application will not be conveyed to any person not directly connected with processing your application without your permission.

The interview

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of staff related to the role. This may include the manager and/or supervisor, and/or a member of the team in a similar or senior role.

Interviews take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and will draw on behavioural-based interviewing techniques. Senior positions and other applicable positions within Council may be required to undertake psychometric testing and or may require a second interview.


Should you be selected as the preferred candidate, you will be contacted to provide a minimum of two professional references. Your references are required to have supervised you in previous roles. In some circumstances references from other professional relationships may be accepted.

Pre-employment checks

  • Proof of qualifications: Offers of employment are on the condition that the successful applicant provides original or certified copies of all relevant qualifications. A photocopy of these qualifications will be made and kept on the employee's personnel file.
  • Police checks: Applicants are required to undergo a police check prior to commencement at Council.
  • Working with children checks: All applicants who work in children related positions, or who supervise those roles, must hold a current Working With Children (WWC) Check card.
  • Pre-employment medical/pre-existing illness: Applicants may be asked to undergo a medical assessment that will relate to skills required within the relevant position.

Probationary period

All new employees will be required to complete a six month probationary period before their employment status can be confirmed as permanent. The requirement for a probationary period will be stated in the position description and is also included in the letter of offer.