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Application Guidelines

Guidelines for Preparing Your Application

This information is to provide you with practical guidelines and suggestions to assist you in the preparation of your application.

  • Have you downloaded a Position Description?
  • Have you addressed the Selection Criteria as detailed within the Position Description?
  • Have you included an up-to-date resume including your contact details and referee details?
  • Have you included a covering letter introducing yourself and clearly showing the position title and reference number?

How To Apply

Before you tackle the task of responding to the "Selection Criteria" you should assess your experience and level of skills against the "Selection Criteria".

Before you tackle the task of responding to the "Selection Criteria" you should assess your experience and level of skills against the "Selection Criteria".

The following guidelines are recommended when submitting an application:

Covering Letter

It is recommended that you include a covering letter with your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and highlight the valuable skills and experience that you would contribute to the position. Ensure that you clearly identify the position for which you are applying and quote the reference number. Your covering letter should be no longer than one page.


Your resume should contain contact details such as your name and address; educational/training background; and a summary of work history detailing where you have worked, positions held, period of employment and brief details of duties performed, skills and experience acquired.
It is also a good idea to include achievements, goals etc. You should list at least two recent work referees who are in a position to comment on your work performance. Your resume should be typed and free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Criteria contains information as to the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes required to successfully carry out the position. You should address each criterion as part of your application.

It is important that you outline your experience, skills, knowledge and abilities etc, and relate this information to each of the criterion in point form or short paragraphs. A brief statement up to 200 words for each should be sufficient.

For example consider:

  • Qualifications/training - describe any qualifications and/or training you have that demonstrates your knowledge or skill for this criterion.
  • Skills - consider the most relevant skills you possess that would be needed to fulfil the requirements of the criteria. Identify the level of expertise you have and give examples where appropriate.
  • Experience - outline any positions or projects you have undertaken which have further developed your experience.
  • Results/achievements - describe your achievements that would be relevant to the criterion.
  • Examples of commonly used phrases or words include: "Ability to acquire" - means to have the potential to acquire the skill or knowledge. "Demonstrated" or "Proven ability" - means you need to describe your achievements in the subject area and would require you to give an example of how you have used your knowledge/skill etc to produce successful results. Provide examples of how you have successfully achieved the requirement or used the skill, knowledge or ability in previous positions. "Thorough", "Detailed", "Sound" - requires you to give an indication of the level of your knowledge, skill or ability.

What To Avoid

Avoid long drawn out information and remain focussed on what is asked of you. Avoid exaggerating your skills and abilities. HINT: Use positive and active language in your descriptions - e.g. "I developed ......" or "I implemented......" rather than passive descriptions such as "A system was developed....."

General Tips

Check spelling and grammar
Keep it concise - 'less is more'.

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