Applying for a Position

Thank you for your interest in applying for a position with our Council.

The following information will help you to understand our selection process and to prepare your online application.

Council's Recruitment Policy

It is our policy to select the most suitable applicant for each vacant position on the basis of job related selection criteria. An applicant's race, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference or membership of an ethnic or minority group will not impact on the selection process.

We respect diversity in our people, in their ideas, work styles and perspectives to ensure we are representative of the community we serve.

We actively encourage people with disability, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, mature aged workers and people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

Suitability refers to the applicant's ability to carry out the duties of the advertised position and includes:

  •  Aptitude for the discharge of those duties
  •  The extent of relevant experience
  •  Training, including informal training
  •  Capacity for development
  •  Relevant personal qualities

How to Apply for a Position with Council

In order to be considered eligible for an interview for a vacant position you should meet all of the essential selection criteria for the position. These are outlined in the online Position Description.

Some, but not all of the essential criteria, may be covered by specific questions within the online application. Your answers to these questions should explain how your knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the particular criterion. Where an essential criterion is not covered by a specific question in the online application you should ensure that you address this criterion in your resume.

The online application also asks for the names and phone contacts of three referees. Your referees should be people who can provide information about how you meet the selection criteria. It is a good idea to obtain permission from your referees before you nominate them.

Your covering letter, resume and information relating to how you meet the selection criteria should  be attached to your online application. They should be combined into one document and  should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or as a pdf. Your resume should include a concise account of your work experience and should provide information on where you have worked, the position(s) held, the period of employment and a brief summary of the duties involved.

If you have any adjustments to the recruitment process, please contact our Human Resources Advisor on 9777 1034 or recruitment@willoughby.nsw.gov.au prior to any interviews.


Acknowledgment of Applications

Your application will be acknowledged by email.

Interviews

If you are successful in gaining an interview, you will be informed by email and this will be confirmed by telephone. Please inform the person arranging the interview if you have any special requirements e.g. wheelchair accessibility etc.

If you are selected, you will be interviewed by a Selection Panel, usually comprised of three people.  The Selection Panel will follow a structured process and ask all applicants the same standard questions. However, they may follow up or explore particular issues that arise from your application or from your responses to the questions.

After the interview, the Selection Panel will rate or assess your performance against each selection criteria and against the performance of other applicants and then make a decision as to the most suitable applicant(s).

Please note: other selection tools may also be used in the selection process. For example, you may be asked to participate in a work test which may be conducted before or after your interview. If this is the case, you will be informed prior to the interview that a particular test will be required.

Pre-employment Medical Assessments

If you have applied for a position with defined essential physical requirements you may be required to undergo a health examination as part of the recruitment process.

Working With Children Check

If the position for which you are applying involves child-related employment you will be required to have a current NSW Working with Children Check as per the Child Protection (Working with Children Act 2012).

Police Checks for Positions Funded by Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

If the position for which you are applying is part of a service funded by CHSP you will be required to undetake a Police Check.

Notification of Appointment

If you are the successful applicant for the position you will be notified by phone as soon as possible after the decision is made. The verbal offer, detailing the terms and conditions of employment, will be confirmed in writing by letter.

If you are interviewed for a position and are unsuccessful in gaining the position, you will be informed of the decision by email.

Proof of Identity

Proof of your identity and of your right to Work in Australia is a council requirement and involves a 100 point document check.

The attached list sets out the value of various documents that may be presented.

 100 Point ID Check

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