Joining the APS
Applying for jobs
The APS is one of Australia's biggest employers. We have careers to suit just about anyone at all stages of life—from school leavers and graduates looking to start in the workforce through to senior executives and professionals who shape the future of Australia.
All current vacancies in the Australian Public Service (APS) for a period of more than 18 months are advertised online at APSjobs.
Jobs can also be advertised on individual agency websites and jobseeker sites.
If you are interested in working for a particular government body, check their website for information. You can find out more about APS agencies at: www.directory.gov.au.
Researching a job
If you see an interesting job advertised, you can find more information in the selection documentation or from the agency's website. What does it do? Can you imagine yourself working there? Is it a match for your qualifications and experience?
Call the contact person
All job advertisements will give details for a Contact Officer. The Contact Officer is the best person to speak to if you want to know more information about the job, and whether you may be suitable for it.
They can also tell you more about the assessment process and the work environment. Some questions you may want to ask are: What tasks the job actually involves e.g. project work, public contact, outdoor work, writing or research. Who are the clients? Who will you report to? Who will you be working with? What are the opportunities for career development?
See our publication Cracking the Code for more information about putting together your application.
Additional information for Indigenous Australians
The APS offers a number of targeted employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Find out more at www.indigenouscareers.gov.au.
You can also stay up to date with employment opportunities and connect with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and jobseekers via the Indigenous Australian Public Service Careers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APSIndigenouscareers.
Additional information for people with disability
There is support available for people with disability applying for jobs in APS. Targeted employment opportunities are also available.
Find out more on the disability page.