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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?

To find out if the job is suitable for you, first read the Job Description Form (JDF) that details the responsibilities, duties and requirements of the job. You should direct your enquiries to the contact person named in the advertisement if you require further information or clarification about the position.

All the documents required to apply for the position are attached at the bottom of the advertisement. Should you require assistance in submitting your application, please contact the Human Resource Services Branch on (08) 6552 5222.

Eligibility to Apply for Positions

Advertised positions in the Department are open to any person who may wish to apply with the following conditions:

  • To be eligible for permanent appointment you must be eligible to live and work in Australia indefinitely. Generally this means you are a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian citizen.

  • To be eligible for fixed term appointments you must have a working visa for the entire period of the appointment.

Writing Your Application

Before completing your written application be sure to:

  • read the JDF carefully taking particular note of any specific qualifications, skills and knowledge required for the position

  • use examples to show you are able to meet the selection criteria. It is important that you provide sufficient information that will allow the panel to easily assess your suitability. Write your responses in a concise and clear style. Please click here to find out more information on Statement Addressing the Selection Criteria (DOC 25KB).

What Documents to Include

You must provide all of the documents requested in the advertisement. These could include the following:

  • Application Form

  • Resume (curriculum vitae)

  • Statement addressing the selection criteria. For more information on addressing selection criteria see: Statement Addressing the Selection Criteria (DOC 25KB)

  • A covering letter

  • Photocopies of any qualifications. Please do not send original documents.

Lodging Your Application

Your application may be lodged in any of the following ways:


Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Human Resource Services Branch
Locked Bag 3001
West Perth WA 6872

Online Apply online at
(08) 6552 5239

Please mark envelopes as Private & Confidential – Advertised Vacancy.

Closing Date for Applications

The closing time and date is clearly marked on all advertisements. It is your responsibility to make sure your application is received in the Human Resource Services Branch on time.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet will not accept or consider late applications unless you can provide conclusive evidence of mishandling either within the Department or by Australia Post. This includes applications lodged by facsimile, email or over the Internet.

Selection Process

  1. The selection panel will read all written applications and invite the most competitive applicants for interview.

  2. Interviews are conducted and your referees will be contacted.

  3. The Chair of the panel will prepare a report that makes recommendations for appointment.

  4. All applicants are notified of the panel's decision.

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.

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. Please consider the following when preparing for your interview:

  • The panel will consist of three members and will probably have a mix of men and women. The panel will be looking for the best person for the job by looking at:

    • 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.

  • Panel members 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.

  • Think about your answers – even if it takes some moments to prepare your response and always ask questions of the panel if you are unsure of anything.

After the Interview

Once the selection process has been finalised, you will be sent an email containing advice on the outcome. You are encouraged to seek feedback as it can be of assistance with future applications and interviews.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.