Yes, however applicants who address the Selection Criteria often provide information which is more relevant to the role and can help them in demonstrating their suitability for the position. Viewing the Selection Criteria will also help you determine if the role is suitable for you.
The selection panel will assess each application against the selection criteria outlined in the advertisement. Candidates who respond to and meet the essential criteria are more likely to be selected for interview. Where the candidates are difficult to shortlist, the panel will look at how well candidates have met the desirable criteria to help them to make a decision.
No. If there are a lot of people who meet the essential criteria, those shortlisting will give preference to those who meet the desirable criteria as well, or those who meet the essential criteria more strongly than others.
It can take between 1-4 weeks for the applications to be shortlisted and applicants called for an interview. Generally if you have not been contacted after 4 weeks, you have been unsuccessful. Candidates who have been unsuccessful for the role are notified after the recruitment process has been completed and the position filled.
Reference checks are conducted after an interview for the preferred applicants, as well as a pre-employment medical. Council will not contact unsuccessful applicants until these have been undertaken and the successful applicant has accepted the role. This can take 1-2 weeks.
No. Council makes merit based employment decisions, which means that the most suitable candidates are chosen on the basis of the skills and experience they demonstrate throughout the recruitment process. There have been many instances where external candidates have been successful in roles where internal employees have applied.
Generally, no. If there is an exceptional reason why you cannot get your application in on time, contact Human Resources before the closing date. We may be able to make an allowance for you, depending on the circumstances.
Yes. If you are a relative or friend of someone who works here, you need to tell them to advise Human Resources. You will not be treated any differently; however we need to know to ensure that your friend or relative is not involved with the recruitment process.
If you applied in the first round and were not successful, you can re-apply. However, occasionally when we re-advertise we will state that "previous applicants need not re-apply". In these cases, the applicants from the first round were deemed unsuitable, and not enough time has passed since the first round of advertising for those applicants to have gained the required skills or experience.