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The following information will assist with questions in relation to your application for positions in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet:
Should I Apply for the Position?
Please read the Job Description Form (JDF) that details the responsibilities, duties and requirements of the job to find out if the position is suitable for you. You should direct your enquiries to the contact person named in the advertisement if you require further information or clarification about the position.
Eligibility to Apply for Positions
Advertised positions in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet are open to any person who may wish to apply with the conditions as outlined below:
1. For a permanent appointment
, you must be an:
Australian citizen; or
Permanent resident of Australia.
2. For an appointment on a casual or fixed term basis, you must be an:
- Australian citizen;
- Permanent resident of Australia; or
- Hold a valid working visa.
If you are not an Australian citizen or resident and do not hold a valid working visa, you must obtain a working visa at your own expense prior to starting with the Department.
Preparing your application
Please refer to the ‘How to Apply’ section in the job advertisement to determine the requirements for your application.
As a general guide, your application needs to demonstrate your experience, skills, knowledge and abilities which relate to the work-related requirements (also known as selection criteria) as described in the JDF or advertisement. Your resume and response to the work-related requirements (if requested) and other written application information requested by the selection panel is the most important part of your application. These will be used to assess your competitiveness for the position.
However, the requirement for each position may vary, so please ensure you take note of the application requirements under the ‘How to Apply’ section of the job advertisement.
Lodging Your Application
We prefer to receive applications online. You can apply by clicking the ‘Apply for Job’ button at the top or bottom of the advertisement.
All applications must be received by the closing time and date specified in the advertisement. It is your responsibility to make sure your application is received prior to the specified closing time and date as we do not accept late applications.
When you are lodging your application please check to ensure you have uploaded all the required documentation as outlined in the advertisements. If you are providing copies of qualifications, please be prepared to bring in the originals at the interview stage.
If you experience any difficulties with submitting your application online, please contact Human Resource Services on (08) 6552 5222.
After applications have closed, the selection panel will assess each application and shortlist the most competitive applicants.
The selection panel may use a variety of methods to assess your suitability for the role. This usually involves an interview and may include:
- referee checks
- case scenarios or role plays
- examples of previous work
- a presentation
- work and skills based exercises.
You will be advised of the methods that will be used prior to interview.
The selection methodology will directly relate to the work-related requirements of the position and will be applied consistently throughout the selection process.
Please note that all advice on whether or not you were successful for the position happens at the end of the recruitment process. If you were not selected for an interview, you may not receive any feedback from the Department until all interviews have been conducted and a recommendation is made. If there is an unanticipated delay, you will be kept informed.
To check on the progress of the recruitment process, please telephone the contact person specified in the advertisement.
Preparing for the Interview
You are welcome to get in touch with the contact person for the position if you have any concerns, questions or special needs prior to the interview.
Questions asked at interview will related directly to the work-related requirements of the position and you should consider the following when preparing for your interview:
the qualities you can bring to the Department
- how you present yourself
how well your responses show you can perform the duties of the role.
The panel will be looking for the best person for the job and may make notes as you are talking to help recall information when it comes to making a decision. Do not be put off by this or feel you need to keep talking. The panel will ask you for more information if they need to. Remember, an interview is an exchange of information; therefore, you are welcome to ask questions or clarify information.
After the Interview
Following the interview process, the selection panel will consider all information and recommend the applicant/s who best meet the work-related requirements.
Once the selection process has been finalised, you will be notified of the outcome and the name of the person you can contact to receive feedback on your application.
You are encouraged to seek feedback as it can be of assistance with future applications and interviews. The notification will also advise that you have the right to lodge a Breach of Standard Claim within four (4) working days.
A Breach of Claim cannot be lodged on the grounds that that you consider yourself more competitive than the successful candidate, but rather it addresses your concerns if you feel that the selection process has been breached in accordance with the Public Sector Standard in Human Resources Management. More information in regards the Public Sector Standards or the breach of standards, please visit the Public Sector Commission’s website at www.publicsector.wa.gov.au.