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26 June 2023

1. Prepare your application

Speak to the contact officer

Reach out to the contact officer in the advertisement for more information about the job requirements. This will help you understand whether the role is right for you.

Review the application process

Depending on the vacancy type, there may be variations in the application process. The details are outlined in the candidate pack for each job advertised.

Tell us why you’re the best candidate for the role

Start by drafting your statement of claims. We want to know why you’re the best fit for the role and the agency. We suggest you:

  • use examples of achievements that a referee can verify
  • are concise and stick to the word limit
  • tailor your responses in line with the skills, capabilities and duties listed in the information pack.

Update your resume

Make sure you update your resume with your current personal details, education and relevant work experience. We recommend 2 to 3 pages in length.

Provide referees

Choose 2 referees for your application. Your primary referee must be your current supervisor/manager. If there is a reasonable reason why you cannot list this person please make a note on your application or advise the contact officer in advance.

We recommend that you advise your referees that you have listed them and keep them up to date as you progress through the recruitment process.

Don’t miss the deadline

Generally, we don’t accept late applications. If you can’t submit your application because of extenuating circumstances, reach out to the contact officer in the advertisement.

2. Submit your application

When you're ready to submit your application:

  • log in to eRecruit
  • complete the online application form and answer the questions. You can save your progress as you go and come back anytime
  • copy and paste your statement of claims into the system
  • upload your resume and any other documents needed (for example, tertiary qualifications)
  • preview and submit your application.

It's important to note that you:

  • won't be able to submit your application if you have skipped any mandatory questions
  • can withdraw and resubmit your application until the closing date
  • can see the status of your application when you’re signed in.

Need help applying?

If you’re having problems using eRecruit, contact our recruitment team on before the closing date.

3. Next steps

Once the application period ends, the selection panel will review your application. We'll let you know if you've been shortlisted for the next stage and what the next steps are.

We may place suitable applicants with the required skills and experience on a merit list. The merit list stays open for 18 months from the date we advertised the position in APSJobs.

If you have questions, reach out to the contact officer.

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For more information on working in the Australian Public Service and how to apply, check out these resources:

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