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Selection Process

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If you are successful in gaining an interview you will be informed via email or telephone, usually within four weeks of the advertised closing date.

The selection panel will endeavour to meet any special requirements you may have to be able to attend the interview.  Please inform the person arranging the interview if you have any special requirements e.g. disabled access or communication assistance.

Selection panel

A selection panel consisting of at least three people will conduct the interview. The panel will consist of employees from the department/occupation related to the position and at least one independent person either external to council or from a section unrelated to the vacant position.

The panel will attempt to determine your suitability for the position by asking a combination of technical, situational, behavioural and questions which relate to the essential and desirable criteria and job tasks listed in the position description. Behavioural questions ask for examples of how you have handled certain situations in the past.  Situational questions focus on how you would handle a particular situation or part of the job. 

A skills assessment may also form part of the interview process (e.g. typing test, system negotiation).

The interview will follow a structured process and the panel will ask all applicants the same questions. They may follow up or explore particular issues from individual applications.

We suggest that you give some thought to the type of questions that you might be asked and also to answers that directly reflect your capabilities.

What to bring to the interview

  1. Any relevant qualifications and licences as requested in the advertised Essential & Desirable Criteria, both original and photocopies;
  2. Proof of your right to work in Australia, both original and photocopies.

The following forms of evidence are suitable:

  • Australian passport;
  • Australian citizenship certificate;
  • Valid visa with permission to work (copy of passport required as well). Human Resources will do a VEVO online immigration check; and
  • A full Australian Birth Certificate for a person born before 20.08.86.

A full Australian Birth Certificate for a person born on or after 20.08.86 showing at least one parent was born in Australia

Please note:  A Drivers Licence or Medicare Card are not suitable evidence of eligibility to work in Australia.

Additional checks

Council is committed to ensuring a safe and ethical workplace for both our employees and the community. To support this commitment applicants are required to undergo a number of checks to ensure our recruitment process meets these requirements.

Working with children check

In the case of a position that has been identified as child related employment, a working with children check is required. You will be required to provide your working with children check clearance number if you are shortlisted for a position in child related employment with council.

For further information visit Office of the Children's Guardian

Pre-employment medical assessment

If you are successful in obtaining an interview for a position with Council you may also be requested to attend (at a later date) a pre-employment medical assessment (at council’s expense) as part of the selection process.

An invitation to attend a pre-employment medical assessment is not to be perceived as a guarantee of an offer for employment.

Once all interviews have been conducted, the preferred candidate will be recommended to a Director or the CEO for approval to offer employment at council.

Work rights check

Council checks work rights of all prospective employees for the following reasons:

  • People found working without lawful authority are usually removed from the workplace without notice; 
  • Employing illegal workers may cause council’s reputation to suffer.

The government issues warning notices to employers who are found to be employing illegal workers. These warning notices may be taken into account in deciding what action will be taken in the future, if the employer is found to have again employed an illegal worker.

To check the work rights of a prospective employee council is required to establish the employee’s right to reside and work in Australia. If you require further information please contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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