Our selection process

1. Overview

We want to give everyone the best chance. Our selection process ensures a high level of equity and fairness through all stages of recruitment. Be ready and prepare well for each stage:

  • Application submission
  • First interview
  • Reference checks
  • Other screening checks
  • Assessment stage
  • Pre-employment medical assessment
  • Employment offer

2. Application submission

Make sure you submit your application successfully to have an opportunity to be selected for interview.

Get all the details you need from our How to Apply page.

3. First interview

If you have been shortlisted, you will receive an email invitation to book an interview time online.

The interview process may include:

  • Panel interview with two (2) to four (4) staff to provide a fair and equitable process
  • Behavioural/situational questions based on criteria/functional responsibilities of the position
  • Develop and conduct a presentation on a specific topic or project related to the position

If you’re unable to attend a face-to-face interview still book an interview time, and then contact the recruitment officer to arrange either a:

  • Phone Interview
  • Or, an Online Interview via Microsoft Teams Meeting

Due to the number of applications and the panel’s availability Council may not be able to re-schedule interview times.


  • Council learns most about you at your interview so be confident and honest
  • Prepare by gathering your experiences that relate to the specific requirements of the position
  • You may be invited to attend a second interview as part of Council’s selection process

4. Reference checks

Council will ask permission to contact your references at the interview stage.

Reference checks are completed after the interview, as the next stage of the recruitment process, and are often completed for more than one applicant.


  • Make sure you have more than one (1) reference available as Council typically contacts a minimum of two (2) references
  • Make sure your references are a work-related supervisor or manager as Council reserves the right to not accept a work colleague or personal reference
  • For Trainees, Apprentices and Cadets, Council will accept teachers, professors or lecturers

5. Assessment stage

You may be required to complete a variety of assessments during the recruitment process.

These can include but not be limited to:

Skills & competency testing

  • Tests designed to test your technical ability on a range of position functions

Behavioral assessment

  • This can include personality profiling


  • Take your time to carefully read the instructions given when completing the assessments
  • Make sure you are honest about your answers
  • Make sure you understand what the assessment is testing as this better informs your answers

6. Pre-employment medical assessment

All recruitments by Council require a pre-employment medical assessment.

Pre-employment medical assessments are often completed for more than one applicant.

This check is completed at Council’s expense.

7. Other screening checks

Part of the recruitment process may also require you to undergo:

  • National Criminal History Check
  • NSW Working With Children Check
  • Citizen, Permanent Residency or Visa check to determine entitlement to work in Australia
  • Education qualification check

Only nominated positions will require applicants to undergo these types of checks.

8. Employment offer

If you are successful you will be offered the position verbally first, and then receive a written offer.

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