The AEC advertises ongoing and some non-ongoing vacancies on:
In addition, some jobs are advertised in local newspapers, vocation-specific journals and websites and in regional/interstate media.
To be eligible for engagement as an APS employee you must satisfy the conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 and the AEC Enterprise Agreement 2016-19, including (but not limited to) the following:
All new ongoing APS engagements also are subject to a 6 month probationary period, during which we help you understand what is required of you in your new role and assess your suitability to work in the APS.
Former staff of any APS agency or the Australian Parliamentary Service are excluded from employment with the AEC until the redundancy benefit period resulting from any redundancy payment received from that employer has expired.
Your exclusion period is linked to the level of redundancy benefit you have received. Further information regarding exclusion periods is provided on the APSC website.
The job advertisement gives you detailed information about the role, the type of duties and responsibilities and the skills and experience you will need to excel in the role.
Should you require further information about the role a contact person is provided on the job advertisement who you may contact directly.
In the AEC, selection is made in accordance with the merit principle, having regard to your current knowledge, skills, and experience against the requirements for the role, the duties associated with the position, and your potential for future development.
Your application is the first crucial step in the selection process, so it is important that it makes the best possible impression.
You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the role sufficiently to warrant being shortlisted for further assessment. Missing information can mean the difference between being further considered or not. Proofread your application for any spelling, grammatical and typographical errors as they may adversely affect the presentation of your application.
The job advertisement will detail what information to provide under the “Apply Now” heading. Usually you will be required to provide:
This scheme aims to attract and develop applicants with disability and also facilitate cultural changes in selection panels and agency recruitment. If you are a person living with a disability and opt into the scheme; you are required to declare you have disability; and must meet the minimum requirements of this vacancy. Once these requirements are met, you are advanced to a further stage in the selection process. Merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion. You do not need to provide further information about your disability. For further information visit the APSC website.
A “pitch” is an opportunity to “sell” yourself and demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the role. Review the duties and responsibilities of the role along with the skills, experience and qualities that a candidate will need to excel in the role. In your pitch discuss how your skills and experience relate to the role and therefore make you suitable. It is not sufficient to simply state that you are good at something, you need to provide evidence. Explain your understanding of a certain attribute or capability and provide examples of when you have demonstrated this. The pitch is also an opportunity to explain your reason for applying for the role and interest in the work the AEC does.
Do not include copies of qualifications, certificates for short courses or written references at this stage, as these can be presented at a later date, if required.
Include the names of at least two referees within your application. One of your referees must be your current supervisor. Make sure you provide their full names, titles and current contact details, preferably both email address and phone number.
We may contact at least one referee to confirm information about your skills and capabilities. This can be done at any stage during the selection process. As an applicant you should tell us in your application if this is not appropriate for you, due to confidentiality.
If you wish to be considered for more than one vacancy in the AEC, you must complete a separate application for each vacancy.
It is a good idea to ask another person to do a final check of your application.
Your application must be received by the advertised closing date. The closing time for all vacancies is 11:59pm Canberra time. It is your responsibility to ensure the deadline is met. If an extension of time is required, please seek permission from the AEC’s Recruitment Team and the advertised contact person. An extension may be granted at the discretion of the selection committee, but this is not guaranteed.
The AEC recruitment team will communicate with you via your designated email address. Please ensure that both your email address and phone number are up to date and are the same in both your application and on your resume/CV.
If you have further questions, please email the Recruitment Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 6271 4631. Our team will respond to your queries on business days between 8:30am and 5:00pm AEST/AEDT.