Advice to applicants
Thank you for your interest in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The below information will help to advise and assist you, and should be read in conjunction with:
- the position description, that includes details of the duties and the selection criteria that will be used to assess applicants claims
- the application cover sheet
All recruitment decisions in the GBRMPA are based on merit and follow the Australian Public Service recruitment guidelines.
The GBRMPA understands and respects your right to privacy and has safeguards in place in line with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988. The information provided in your job application will only be used for the selection process and related procedures. Should you be the successful candidate, your personal details will be used in Agency systems necessary for the management and engagement of staff and your name will appear in the Public Service Gazette.
Before you write
The type of position
You should ensure you understand whether the position is ongoing or non-ongoing.
Are you eligible for engagement (employment)?
To be eligible for engagement in the GBRMPA, applicants must be Australian citizens. However, in some limited circumstances applicants who have permanent resident status may be offered employment pending the granting of citizenship.
If you are not an Australian citizen at the time of applying for the advertised vacancy, it is in your interests to advise (in your application) whether you are a Permanent Resident, whether you have applied for Australian citizenship and the expected time frame for citizenship to be granted. Also refer to Citizenship Requirement for Employment.
If you have received a redundancy payment from an Australian Public Service (APS) agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer within twelve months of your proposed date of engagement, please provide the relevant details. The GBRMPA cannot offer you employment without prior approval from both the APS Commissioner and the Authority Head unless you are outside your redundancy payment period.
Certain positions in the GBRMPA require you to hold a security clearance or undergo and satisfy a police check. If this is the case it will be indicated in the job description/advertisement. If you already hold a security clearance to the level required by the position for which you are applying, you will need to provide details of your clearance in your application. If you are the successful applicant, you will need to provide evidence of the clearance you hold, on commencement. If you do not hold a security clearance and are the successful applicant, you must start the security clearance process within one week of commencement.
If you are a new employee to the APS you will generally be required to serve a three month probation period. Your probation period cannot be signed off until a security clearance is obtained. For successful applicants who are already members of the APS, failure to commence the security clearance process within one week of commencement, or failure to obtain a security clearance may result in termination of employment.
Any claims you make in relation to formal academic or professional qualifications must be able to be verified with the relevant institution and certificates or transcripts must be able to be produced.
Failure to satisfy one of the eligibility requirements or produce relevant documents could result in disciplinary action, your offer of employment being withdrawn or your employment being terminated.
Completing your application
Advertised vacancies often attract a number of good quality candidates and so before preparing your application it is a good idea to obtain as much information as possible about the position. You will benefit from time spent on some basic research and planning before submitting and application. We recommend that you:
- carefully read the position description and other documentation provided;
- ring the contact officer to discuss the particulars of the position, the proposed selection process, the work environment and any other matters.
- completed Application Cover Sheet
- A statement of claims against the selection criteria as this is an essential part of your application. It should provide examples of your relevant skills, capabilities, experience and qualifications to demonstrate how you meet each criterion. Your statement should address each criterion individually but should also be succinct. Applications that fail to address the selection criteria will generally not be considered by the selection advisory committee
- A résumé which contains your personal particulars including (but not limited to):
- full name
- contact details (telephone/fax/email)
- education and training
- employment history (including dates of employment, employer, position, and brief summary of duties); and
- The names and contact details of two referees, preferably one being your current supervisor. A referee should be able to provide comments on your work performance against each selection criterion. Written referee reports are not required at time of interview unless you have been requested to bring them with you. A verbal referee report may be sought prior to interview by the selection advisory committee to assist with the shortlisting process. Verbal and written referee reports are generally only sought after interview for highly rated applicants.
- pertinent supporting documentation e.g. copy of degree, trade qualification etc
You should be available for interview as soon as the vacancy closes. If you know that you will be unavailable, please note this on your application and, if possible, provide alternate contact details. GBRMPA seeks to finalise recruitment selection processes in the shortest possible time. This may result in you being given less than 24 hours to attend for an interview.
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background, or have a disability please identify these qualities in your application. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in an interview, please indicate this in your application.
Lodging your application
You are able to apply for vacancies online, allowing you to submit your application over the web. You will need to upload your cover sheet, résumé and selection criteria in either a WORD file or PDF.
You can also submit your application (including cover sheet, résumé and responses to the selection criteria) online or by emailing your application to recruitment email address.
Please ensure that you provide a correct email address should you require receipt.
Should your application not contain any of the material specified in 'completing your application section' it will generally not be considered.
The closing time unless stated otherwise for all applications is 5.00pm QLD time on the advertised closing date.
You need to ensure that your application is completed and submitted before the closing time. Late applications will only be accepted at the discretion of the convener of the selection advisory committee.
Selection policy and process
It is GBRMPA policy to recruit the most efficient applicant based on merit relative to agreed position requirements and organisational requirements.
A selection advisory committee conducts the recruitment exercise and provides a selection recommendation to the Delegate.
Selection will at a minimum be based on assessment of applications and referee comments (comments may be sought from both nominated referees and other persons with a knowledge of the applicants work). Other selection methods which may be applied include: interviews and practical exercises.
Applicants are expected to be prepared to make themselves reasonably available for applied selection methods on submission of their application.
Finalisation of the selection report
Once candidates have been interviewed the selection advisory committee will make a recommendation to the delegate. Once the delegate has approved the selection recommendation, all candidates will be advised in writing of the outcome of the selection process. Unsuccessful applicants will be given the opportunity to seek feedback on the reasons for their non-selection from the convener of the selection advisory committee.
If you are the successful candidate, and you are not an existing employee of the APS, the GBRMPA will conduct a number of pre-employment checks. Any offer of engagement will be conditional upon the results of these checks being satisfactory. You will also be required to submit the following documents as proof of your identity:
- full Australian birth certificate
- Australian citizenship certificate (if applicable)
- change of name documents if applicable (e.g. marriage, deed poll, divorce etc.)
- tertiary educational qualifications (if applicable)
- evidence of professional memberships (if applicable)
- evidence of security clearance (if applicable)
To be eligible for employment in the GBRMPA and the Australian Public Service we need to confirm that you are a fit and proper person. You will be required to complete a Consent To Obtain Personal Information form (police records check) to enable the police to match your details with their records and prepare a report for GBRMPA. It is important that you demonstrate your honesty and integrity by disclosing any previous or pending infringements.
Your employment is subject to a medical assessment to show that you are fit to perform the duties of your position. A medical examination will be organised for you on your commencement with a medical provider determined by GBRMPA. The medical report will assist us in assessing your fitness for employment.
If you are new to the APS, your employment will be subject to a 3 month probationary period. During this time your conduct and work performance will be assessed to determine your suitability for ongoing employment. If your conduct or work performance is considered unsatisfactory during this period, your employment may be terminated on the grounds of failure to meet a condition of your engagement. Your probation period cannot be signed off until a security clearance (if required) is obtained.
We hope this information has been of assistance to you and wish you every success in your career. If you have any queries or need any assistance, please email us.
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