How to apply

1. Overview

Equal Employment Opportunity/Merit Selection

Upper Hunter Shire Council is an equal employment opportunity employer. Appointment to a vacant position is based solely on merit. Merit is determined according to the nature of the duties to be performed, the abilities, qualifications, experience and potential against the essential and desirable selection criteria as outlined in the Job Description for the position. The determination of merit will be based on your written application, face to face interview and the information obtained through work tests/exercises and our reference checking.

Information Declaration

You must provide complete, honest and accurate information on your application for employment form and all supporting documents. Any statement or omission in your application found to be deliberately false or misleading will render your application void. If appointed, your failure to provide complete, honest and accurate information may lead to subsequent dismissal.

2. Maximising the Success of Your Application

Include a Cover Letter

A brief introductory letter outlining your intention to apply for the vacant position, and concisely highlight your skills and experience and why you believe you are the best applicant for the position.

Include this Information in Your Resumé

Your resumé should outline your education/training, qualifications, work history, personal information and referees. You may also like to include information on additional skills, qualifications or personal interests that may strengthen your application.

It is recommended that your cover letter and resume is attached as one document in a compatible Microsoft Word format or as a PDF.

Fully Complete the Online Application

At the beginning of the application process, you will be required to set up a password. Please save this as we will be unable to retrieve this if lost.

Part 1 - Your Details and Referees

You must complete in full all requested information on the online application. This is an important part of your application and must be completed even if it means duplicating information from other documents you may attach.

Part of the online application requires you to nominate two referees. One of these must be your current or most recent employer. If your referees are contacted, they will be asked to provide information on your past employment and performance and to verify or comment on claims made by you in your application and interview.

Council will not contact your referees prior to interviews or without your prior consent.

Part 2 - A Claim for the Position

During the online application process you will be asked a series of questions. These questions are based on each essential and desirable selection criteria outlined in the Job Description. Each criteria should be addressed in enough detail to enable us to consider your application. It is the perfect chance for you to sell yourself and give an explanation of how your relevant qualifications, skills and experience satisfy the selection criteria.

If a particular criteria is listed as 'desirable' and you do not possess the skills or experience to satisfy it, give an example of how you would be willing and able to acquire new skills.

If you do not complete the above components in your application it is unlikely that you will advance to the interview stage.

3. Acknowledgement of Your Application

All applications will be acknowledged by email. Please make sure an email address is provided before submitting your online application.

4. Shortlisting and Interviews

The selection committee will consist of a panel of 2 or 3 people who will check your application against the essential and desirable criteria for the position. The most suitable applicants will be called and emailed for an interview where a more detailed assessment is made.

If you are successful in gaining an interview you will be notified at least 2 working days prior. When you are contacted for an interview you will be advised of any supporting documents or examples of work you may be required to bring along.

We advise you to be well prepared for your interview by reading thoroughly through all the information provided to you on our careers page and particularly the selection criteria, as the interview panel will shape questions around specific criteria which relate to the position.

During your interview you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to clarify any details you're not sure of.

Remember the interview is your second chance to sell yourself and show us why you're the best person for the job!

5. Preferred Applicant Selected

Once all of the interviews have taken place the selection committee will contact referees of the preferred applicant.

The preferred applicant will then be formally recommended and an offer of employment will be made. Please note that any offer will be subject to the applicant undertaking and satisfactorily completing a medical or functional assessment.

If a position is advertised as being 'child related', you will be required to present a current working with children check for verification by Council.

Criminal record checks may be required for certain positions.

6. Unsuccessful Applicants

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the recruitment process via email or phone.