Application guidelines

The best way to be a successful job-seeker is to understand what the employer is looking for, and how you fit the bill.

Preparing your application

  • Download the position description and read it carefully to understand the various elements of the job.
  • Assess your experience and level of skills against the selection criteria outlined in the position description.
  • Make sure your resume is up to date, and write a covering letter that introduces yourself. 

Covering Letter

We recommend that you include a covering letter with your application.

  • Clearly identify the position you are applying for (quote the reference number if there is one).
  • Introduce yourself and highlight the valuable skills and experience that you would contribute to the position.
  • Make it no longer than one page.


Your resume should include:

  • your contact details
  • educational/training background
  • a summary of work history detailing where you have worked, positions held, period of employment and brief details of duties performed, skills and experience acquired.
  • Achievements and goals
  • two recent work referees who are in a position to comment on your work performance.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria contain information as to the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes required to successfully carry out the position. You should address each criterion as part of your application (200 word limit). 


Your qualifications and training: Describe any qualifications and/or training you have that demonstrate your knowledge or skill for this criterion.

Your skills: Consider the most relevant skills you possess that would be needed to fulfil the requirements of the criteria. Identify the level of expertise you have and give examples where appropriate.

Your experience: Outline any positions or projects you have undertaken which have further developed your experience.

Your results and achievements: Describe your achievements that would be relevant to the criterion.

General tips

  • Ensure you application addresses the selection criteria.
  • Apply by the date specified. Applications received after the closing date will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the service area manager.
  • Avoid long, drawn-out information and remain focused on what is asked of you.
  • Avoid exaggerating your skills and abilities.
  • Understand the language. "Ability to acquire" means you need to have the potential to acquire the skill or knowledge. "Demonstrated" or "proven ability" means you need be able to describe your achievements in the subject area.
  • Use positive and active language in your descriptions - for example, "I developed…" or "I implemented......" - rather than passive descriptions such as "A system was developed…"
  • Your application needs to be free of spelling and grammatical errors. Keep it concise. Less is more.