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To be eligible for engagement to the Australian Public Service (APS), candidates must be Australian citizens. However, in some limited circumstances, candidates who have permanent resident status may be offered employment pending the granting of citizenship. All employment opportunities advertised in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette are open to all Australians unless the employment opportunity is marked with a clover leaf symbol which indicates that the job is only open to employees of the APS.
People who have taken a voluntary redundancy from an APS agency are restricted from APS employment for the period of the redundancy benefit, for example, if the redundancy benefit period is 32 weeks the person will be excluded from employment in the APS for 32 weeks. This period excludes payments in lieu of notice, Long Service Leave or recreation leave.
These arrangements also apply to persons who have taken a redundancy from the Australian Parliamentary Service and to certain employees of the Murray-Darling basin Commission.
You should contact the Recruitment Section Hotline if you have any questions regarding your eligibility to apply.
Telephone: 02 6264 4224
If you are identified as the preferred applicant for a job, you will be required to undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which may include a police records check and health clearance.
If you are being engaged to a 'security assessed position' you will need to hold a valid security clearance to the level applicable to the position. If you do not hold a valid security clearance the department will send you a security pack that must be completed and returned prior to commencing work. The department will assess if there would be any risk associated with granting access to classified information. That assessment would be based, among other things, on advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Successful candidates should complete the security pack as soon as possible, as they will not be able to commence work until security clearances have been granted.
Loss of a security clearance at any time may lead to termination of employment.
In the department we acknowledge that the diversity of our people is our greatest strength. We understand that a diverse workplace will have a greater understanding of its clients and the needs of the community.
As an organisation we endeavour to create an environment that values and utilises the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Disclosure of disability presents a number of challenges & choices for people with a disability, particularly those participating in employment. Choices may include 'Do I need to disclose my disability', 'when do I disclose my disability', 'how do I disclose my disability', 'what are my rights', 'do I have responsibilities when I disclose'. At DIAC we recognise that choosing to disclose a disability is a personal decision. To assist in making the decision candidates are encouraged to access information.
'Choosing Your Path. Disclosure: It's A Personal Decision' addresses the challenges of disclosure for people with disabilities, employers and educators. The website provides substantial information about options and pathways that people with disabilities can use in disclosing their disability in post secondary education and employment environments. The website also articulates the role and responsibilities of employers and educators in relation to disclosure.
See: Choosing your path
This guide provides information for candidates about the department's selection processes.
See: Guide for Candidates - Recruitment in DIAC ( 76KB PDF file)