How to apply
How to apply
All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF formatted document.
Applications should be sent via email to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au
There are three required documents that must be submitted with your application. Note: Applications will not be considered if they do not include these following three documents:
Document 1: Application form
Complete the application form in full, except for citizenship details, which are only necessary for security cleared positions.
An application form must be submitted for each vacancy applied for.
Document 2: Resume
Include an up-to-date resume which details all relevant work experience, and lists most recent or current employment.
Document 3: Responses to the Selection Criteria
Applicants must provide a statement which provides responses to all Selection Criteria, including desirable criteria for their applications to be considered (this is a separate document to your resume and application form). Selection criteria for each position are listed in the position documentation of each vacancy.
Addressing Selection Criteria
To address each criterion, applicants must first state the criterion, then provide 1-2 paragraphs on your abilities, experiences, and/or knowledge in the area. You might include reference to relevant training and how you have successfully used these and other skills in your current or past positions.
Example: Selection Criterion 1: Knowledge and experience of dealing with domestic pets.
I have two cats and three dogs of my own which I care for on a day to day basis. During high school I cared for pets, including rabbits, cats, dogs, hamsters and a donkey, for owners who were on vacation . For the last three years I have worked as a veterinary assistant in a practice based on small domestic animals. Through this work I learned basic first aid for pets and how to apply this with minimum difficulty for both the pet and the owner. I was responsible for the daily management of up to 20 boarded pets per day, including changing of dressings.
Repeat for each criterion.
Recruitment and selection
Interviews are typically scheduled within 2 weeks of the closing date. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants. If you have not been notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
In-person interviews are conducted at the Embassy or Consulates-General. Telephone or Skype interviews are conducted for those short-listed candidates who are not currently residing in the area. Interviews typically run for 30 to 45 minutes. The interview panel typically consists of a work unit representative, a Human Resources representative, and an independent representative. Candidates are asked a range of situational, behavioural, and general questions. Each question is designed to elicit responses that demonstrate skills and abilities in, and/or knowledge of each selection criterion. All candidates are asked the same set of interview questions.
All short-listed candidates are notified of the outcome of their application for the position within four weeks of the interview date. Due to the high volume of recruitment activities conducted at the Embassy, individualised feedback is not provided.
Accepting the offer
The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment subject to verification of start date, employment authorisation, security/background checks, etc. Start dates for all vacancies can not be confirmed until satisfactory security/background checks have been completed.