How to apply for a position with the ACT Audit Office

Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting your application.

Who can I contact to talk about the position?

Before submitting your application, you may find it useful to talk to the contact officer to discuss the position in more detail and to help you establish whether you have the skills and experience we are seeking. Our advertisement will give the name and contact details of an experienced manager who has a detailed knowledge of the position.

What do I need to include in my application?

Your application must include three parts:
1.   the application cover sheet
2.   a copy of your résumé
3.   your response to the Selection Criteria - this is a separate written statement in which you should explain clearly how your experience and knowledge would help you to meet each of these capabilities.

Because we will initially assess your suitability as a prospective staff member based on your application, it is in your interests to provide a persuasive application that clearly highlights your skills, capacities and experience.

Your response to the selection criteria is a very important part of your application, as the criteria define the core skills, capabilities, applied knowledge and personal characteristics that, in combination, underpin effective performance in the ACT Auditor-General’s Office. This is your opportunity to communicate most strongly to the assessment team that you should be short-listed for further consideration.

The assessment team will not be persuaded by mere assertions - you should support your claims with specific examples from your experience. The assessment team will be interested in what you have done, how well you did it, what you achieved, and how it relates to the requirements of the job. Be descriptive in your examples, but keep your responses brief and to the point - it is important that you use this part of your application to demonstrate your written skills and ability to communicate effectively.

You are not obliged to address the selection criteria in detail. Rather, you should take the opportunity to bring to the assessment team’s attention matters that you consider address the core requirements of the positions.

Your response to the selection criteria should not exceed five pages.

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Do I need to include references?

You should supply the names and contact details of two referees, but you do not have to include written referees’ reports with your application. If you do, your referees should address the selection criteria for the position. The ACT Public Service Referee Report Form (available here) provides a Recruitment Rating Scale to assist referees.

Your immediate supervisor should be one of your referees. If this is not appropriate or possible for any reason, you should raise this matter initially with the Contact Officer.

The assessment team may contact your referees for a report or for further clarification of their report, at any time during the assessment process.

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The Selection Process

Staff are appointed to positions in the ACT Audit Office on merit. The principles of merit, equity and diversity and procedural fairness are integral to recruitment processes in the ACT Public Sector.

We will individually assess applications against the selection criteria for each position. We will then develop a short-list of candidates to attend an interview, which is the next stage in the process.

We will advise unsuccessful candidates of the outcome of the selection process when it is completed.

A selection committee may determine a candidate’s suitability for an advertised vacancy from their application and referee reports only.