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How to Apply

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How to Apply - Overview

Thank you for your interest in applying for a position with Holroyd City Council. The following information will help you to understand our selection processes and to prepare your application.

Council is committed to:

  • EEO & Work Health Safety (WHS) Principles
  • Cultural diversity
  • Ethical practices
  • Smoke free work environment

It is preferred that prospective applicants have an understanding of and shared commitment to these principles.

Before you apply for a position please read the position description (available immediately following the advertisement) carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.

Holroyd City Council embraces cultural diversity and encourages applications from people with disability. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process.

All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with the Privacy Act 1988

You will then be required to answer a few questions via the online application form. These questions are derived from the selection criteria so once you have completed the online application form and attached your resume and cover letter, you will have submitted a full application for the position.


What to Include in Your Application

In your application you should include:

Education and Qualifications

List all relevant education undertaken at registered training facilities. Include the name of the institution, dates attended and the qualification achieved eg; degree, certificate etc. Provide copies of any certificates and formal qualifications in your application but be prepared to show the original certificates at interview.

If your qualifications were obtained overseas, include a statement of Australian accreditation if available.

Employment History

List all employment beginning with your current or most recent employer, together with start and finish dates of positions held and a brief summary of responsibilities and achievements.

Further Work Related Activities

Provide details of any other activities which may relate to the position to support your application.


Provide the names, position titles, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees who can detail information about how you meet the selection criteria. Obtain permission from your referees before you nominate them.

In summary, to apply for a position at Holroyd City Council please ensure you:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Attach your resume, letter of offer and copies of qualifications/certificates
  • Provide evidence you an work in Australia (birth certificate/ passport/ citizenship certificate)
  • Details of two referees on your resume

Acknowledgment of Applications

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email.

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Information for Applicants

As stated previously Council is committed to ensuring a safe and ethical workplace for both our employees and the community. To support this, applicants are required to undergo a number of checks to ensure our recruitment process meets these requirements.

Working With Children Check

In the case of a child-related employment position, a “Working With Children Check” is a prerequisite. You must be registered and supply your clearance number when completing the applicant form.

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Work Rights Check

Council checks work rights of all prospective employees for the following reasons:

  • People found working without lawful authority are usually removed from the workplace without notice.
  • Employing illegal workers may cause Council’s reputation to suffer.
  • The Government issues Warning Notices to employers who are found to be employing illegal workers. These Warning Notices may be taken into account in deciding what action will be taken in the future, if the employer is found to have again employed an illegal worker.

To check the work rights of a prospective employee Council needs to establish the employee’s right to reside in Australia and determine the employee’s right to work. If you require further information go to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Further Information

If you require further information regarding the position please contact the enquiries person listed in the job advertisement.

If invited to attend an interview you may also be requested to attend (at a later date) a medical assessment (at Councils expense) as part of the selection process. An invitation to attend a medical assessment is not to be perceived as a guarantee of an offer for employment.

Due to the nature of this position you may be required to complete the Declaration of Interest in accordance with Section 441 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Successful applicants will be required to apply to the General Manager for permission to engage in any external employment in addition to Council duties.

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Got an Interview? - What to Expect...

If you are successful in gaining an interview you will be informed via email or telephone. Please inform the person arranging the interview if you have any special requirements e.g wheelchair access.

A Selection Panel consisting of at least three people will conduct interviews. The panel will consist of employees from the department/occupation related to the position and at least one independent person either external to Council or from a section unrelated to the vacant position.

The panel will attempt to determine your suitability for the position by asking a combination of technical questions and questions about your experience which relate to the essential and desirable criteria and job tasks listed in the job description.

The interview will follow a structured process and the panel will ask all applicants the same questions. They may follow up or explore particular issues from individual applications. You should attempt to answer all questions and provide as much detail as possible to assist the panel to recommend the most suitable applicant.

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Recruitment and Selection Policy

Holroyd City Council is an equal employment opportunity employer and values the diversity of its workforce. It is Council policy to select the most suitable applicant for each vacant position on the basis of job related selection criteria. An individuals race, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference or membership of an ethnic or minority group will not reduce his/her chances of employment.

As part of valuing our diverse workforce, Council encourages applicants with relevant community languages to apply for vacant positions.

Applicants with a disability are also encouraged to apply for vacant positions. Should you have any special needs during the recruitment process please contact the enquiries person listed in the job advertisement to discuss and arrange, or alternatively contact Human Resources on (02) 9840 9757.