- What is the standard time-frame for the recruitment process?
- What does the process involve
- Why does the process take so long?
- What is an assessment centre?
- What does a security clearance involve?
- What is a character check?
- What does a health check involve?
- What happens after I'm advised I am the successful applicant?
- What if I win the job and I have a disability?
- What is the review process if I am unsuccessful?
1. What is the standard time-frame for the recruitment process?
This will vary for each job – depending on how many applications are received and how many interviews are held. You can ask the contact officer what the expected time-frame is for filling the position. In most instances the panel aim to complete short-listing (determining which applicants go through to interview) within a couple of weeks. If you are successful through to interview you will be called by a member of the panel to arrange an interview. If you are unsuccessful you will receive an email to advise.
2. What does the process involve?
Applications will be individually read and assessed against the selection criteria. Other assessment methods - such as referee reports (testing relevant or specific skills), a structured interview, work simulations, assessment centres, technical tests and aptitude test - may also be conducted. The combination of assessment methods used will be specific to the particular job.
3. Why does the process take so long?
People are selected for APS jobs @ Defence on the basis of merit, which means we look for evidence of your skills, experience, abilities and how well they fit the requirements of the job, compared with other applicants. This comparison may be based on your CV, your application addressing the selection criteria, and/or an interview. Because of this, the recruitment process may take longer for APS jobs @ Defence than other jobs.
When applying for an APS job @ Defence, you can ask the contact officer about the anticipated recruitment process timeframe for that particular job.
4. What is an assessment centre?
An assessment centre is a process that evaluates applicant suitability using a variety of assessment techniques. Activities conducted at an assessment centre may include group exercises, aptitude tests, written exercises and interviews.
The outcome of the exercises will provide the assessment panel with additional information on your skills, knowledge and personal qualities relevant to the requirements of the job. The assessment panel will rate each applicant against the selection criteria.
5. What does a security clearance involve?
A security clearance involves pre-employment and background checks. Most Defence jobs require a security clearance because of the type of issues/information dealt with in the job. The timeframe for starting a job may be longer, depending on the level of security clearance that is required for the job.
6. What is a character check?
Defence will seek to verify you are of good character and that you are capable of adhering to the Defence and APS Values through a character clearance. The clearance involves checking police records for unspent criminal convictions and findings, confirming details given in your employment application (including employment history, employment references & educational qualifications).
7. What does a health check involve?
A health assessment is a standard condition of engagement to the Australia Public Service in Defence.
A health assessment may also be required for existing APS employees who are commencing employment
in certain positions within Defence. The health assessment is designed to ensure you are fit to perform
the particular duties you will be engaged to perform and to seek medical advice where reasonable adjustment needs to be made for some employees.
8. What happens after I’m advised I am the successful applicant?
If you are the preferred applicant for an APS job @ Defence, you will be subject to some engagement/employment conditions, which means you must meet particular requirements to be appointed to the job. These requirements may include some or all of the following:
- being an Australian citizen
- security clearance
- health clearance
- character clearance (including a police records check an previous employer check)
- providing appropriate identification documents
- a period of probation (generally 6 months)
9. What if I win the job and I have a disability?
If you are found suitable for the job and you have a disability, reasonable adjustments can be made to the workplace or job to allow you to carry out the inherent requirements of that job.
Inherent Requirements refer to the core aspects of a job and include:
- outcomes to be achieved (but not how they are conducted). e.g. preparing briefs may be inherent requirement, however using a keyboard and computer to prepare briefs is not an inherent requirement.
- safety requirements; and
- adherence to the APS Code of Conduct.
Reasonable Adjustments refer to assistance, adjustment or modification to undertake the inherent requirements of the job. Adjustments may include:
- modifying the role / duties e.g. rearranging duties within a team;
- implementing flexible work arrangements;
- undertaking building modifications; or
- providing specialist equipment.
10. What is the review process if I am unsuccessful?
If you are a current APS employee and find that you are unsuccessful for a position within Defence you may request a review of the selection process and outcome. For more information on the APS review process, please refer to the APSC site- Review of Actions.
If you are not a current APS employee we recommend you contact the selection coordinator for post assessment feedback.
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