Recruitment Process

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer all selections are based on "merit". In order to select the most appropriate applicant for the position a number of selection methodologies are used.

Each selection method will be based on the applicant's ability to successfully meet the positions selection criteria.


All applicants are short-listed after the close of applications. This involves: 

  • All applications being read by members of the selection panel; 
  • Information provided in each application is compared with the position requirements; 
  • Suitability in terms of the position requirements is noted and compared with other applicants, and
  • The most suitable applicants, as determined by the selection panel, are then shortlisted. Short listed applicants are then contacted by phone to arrange an interview.

Skills testing

Skills testing may be undertaken as a part of the shortlisting process, either prior to an interview or after. The skills testing may involve computer literacy, typing or other tests that are most suited to the position.

The interview

All short-listed applicants are interviewed, if you are one of these you will be required to bring with you original and copies of original qualifications and tickets for viewing by the panel. The interview will consist of a series of questions based on the position requirements.

You will have the opportunity to explain and expand on the information provided in your application. The selection panel’s task is to establish whether you possess the necessary skills, and attitudes to perform the duties and requirements of the position and in some cases have the potential to acquire these skills within a reasonable time.

Your task is to demonstrate to the selection panel on how well you meet the position requirements and to determine whether the position is suitable for you. Remember, the interview is a two way process. Therefore, as well as the interviewer asking questions, you may ask questions as well.

Dependent upon the position, if you are selected for an interview and are required to attend a face to face interview and you need to travel to attend this interview, Council will pay for your return airfare and overnight accommodation (if applicable) only, if required. Any other expenses associated with the interview will be borne at your expense. 

During the interview, it would be preferable if you could provide a firm commencement date should you be successful in obtaining this position.

Preparing for your interview

  • Carefully read the Position Description and in particular the position requirements and functions of the position 
  • List key issues relating to each criteria 
  • Think of likely questions, which would directly apply to the Position Description


Candidates may undergo other assessments as part of the selection process. Applicants may also be required to attend a Function Capacity Evaluation (FCE). If a position has been identified as requiring applicants to participate in an FCE, you will be advised at interview and be provided with an information sheet.

Reference checking

You will be asked to supply 2 work-related referees with your application. Reference checks will be conducted after an applicant has successfully met the other selection processes. The best referees are those that can discuss your previous work experience in line with the position requirements.

Post-Selection - Notification

Both the successful applicant and the interviewed unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible after the final decision has been made.


Unsuccessful interviewed applicants may obtain feedback on their application and interview by contacting the Chair of the interview panel.