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Applying for a position 

When preparing an application for Council you will need to apply in writing for any current vacancies advertised. You must submit a separate application for each position you are interested in, some positions require specific qualifications or experience, and these are identified in the advertised Position Information document.

Ensure your submission includes what has been requested to complete your application (cover letter / responses to the selection criteria) and an up-to-date resume.

Make final checks for grammar, spelling and punctuation before submitting.

Save copies of all your submissions and print them out at home so you have them handy, if you are invited to an interview.

How to apply

Simply click on Current Job Vacancies, find the position that interests you. Read the position information to find out what is required to submit an application. 

Enquiries and applications can be directed to Human Resources, Recruitment team by email .

What you should include in your application

Review the advertised Position Information document which will outline what documentation is required as part of your application:

  • a current resume including the name and telephone number of two work referees (people who have directly supervised you or who have knowledge of your work performance) and;
  • a detailed covering letter or responses to selection criteria, detailing your knowledge, skills, experience and ability to meet the specified requirements as outlined.

To assist you when applying for a role with us, we have prepared the following document with useful information on:

  • how to prepare your Resume,
  • tips on how to address Selection Criteria, and
  • what is required for a Cover Letter
 Application tips (PDF)

When you can expect to hear from us

After applying online you will receive an immediate acknowledgement that your application has been received. If you do not receive this acknowledgement email, please contact us to confirm your application has been received. Short listed applicants will generally be contacted within three weeks, from the closing date, and invited to an interview.  Applicants not successful will be notified once the recruitment process has been finalised. 

We would encourage you to keep a close eye on your emails as this is our key method of contact with applicants during the recruitment process.

Selection Process

Council is committed to recruiting the best possible candidates. Accordingly, the selection process is based on merit principles and equal employment opportunity. Your application will be assessed against the requirements of the position, based on your qualifications, and your relevant experience as outlined in your application documents.

If you are short listed for an interview, the council will contact you with details of where and when the interview will take place. In most cases the council will provide at least 2 working days notice.

The selection process may also include:

  • Video shortlisting tools
  • Practical assessments
  • Fit for work medical assessment
  • Pre-employment drug and alcohol screening is mandatory
  • Working with Children Check.
  • Background and Criminal history check

Migration and VISA requirements for permanent and temporary positions with council

If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident, please ensure that your residency status/work entitlements are detailed on your application. Please only apply for those positions for which you are eligible based on your current residency. The table below is a quick guide for you.

Residency Status

Permanent Positions

Temporary Positions

Information for Applicant

Australian Citizens




Australian Residents



Application to include evidence of permanent residency (VISA etc)

NZ Citizens with Unrestricted work rights (for example, Special Category VISA (SCV))



Application to include evidence of residency status and work entitlements (VISA etc)

Temporary Residents with a valid Working Visa



Application to include evidence of residency status and work entitlements (VISA etc)

Temporary Residents without a valid Working Visa



Unable to apply for positions with council

For further information on opportunities to work with council, please contact Human Resources, Recruitment Team on 1300 878 001 or email us.

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