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Applying to work at Port Stephens Council is a simple process:

  • Review the position description so make sure that you meet the selection criteria.
  • Once you have considered the position, complete the online application form. This form provides us with your contact details and relevant experience and qualifications.

You will be notified by email to confirm receipt of your application form. Throughout the process, you will receive regular email communications from us. If your details change mid-recruitment, you can log on and update them at any time. If you have technical difficulties in submitting your application, contact our Employment Coordinator on 02 4985 0123.

Before submitting your application, make sure you have:

  • Provided your current resume and covering letter
  • Addressed all of the selection criteria
  • Checked your contact details are all up to date

Please check your emails regularly once your application has been submitted.

Our recruitment process

Port Stephens Council is an equal opportunity employer and applies merit-based selection techniques. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from all people.

Council has committed to making reasonable changes to provide an equal recruitment process. We firmly believe this creates a supportive workplace.

This information details our recruitment process and will help you prepare your application. Selection is based on each applicant in relation to the criteria provided for the advertised position.

In the selection process we gather information and assess how well your experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, qualifications and training meet each of the selection criteria.

If you are a successful candidate, you will be invited to attend an interview. You will be contacted by phone to confirm relevant details. The interview assists us to determine if you are the right fit for the role. You will be asked to provide examples of how you meet the criteria, citing specific experiences and situations.

You will be required to provide at least two reference checks. It is preferred that at least one of these is your current manager or supervisor.

A number of other reference checks will be required.

You will be required to undergo psychometric testing. This testing consists of many different components including verbal, numerical and abstract responses. They are designed to help us assess your suitability for the role.

You will need to pass a pre-employment medical to ensure you are able to perform the role you are applying for.

We will notify the successful applicant first as soon as possible after the selection decision is confirmed. All other interviewed applicants will be notified of the selection decision.

Recruitment FAQs

Council has appointed the following labour hire service providers for all temporary employee requirements. If you are interested in working a temporary position please contact one of the labour hire service providers listed below:

Administrative based positions:

  • Forsyth Recruitment, Honeysuckle - 02 4935 3500
  • Peoplefusion, Newcastle – 02 934 2666
  • Corestaff NSW, Newcastle – 02 4044 0412
  • Whipper Recruitment, Newcastle, 02 4962 1877

Manual based positions:

  • Forsyth Recruitment, Honeysuckle - 02 4935 3500
  • Complete Staff Solutions, Wallsend – 02 4941 9800
  • Corestaff NSW, Newcastle – 02 4044 0412

We do not keep on record applications that are not directed towards a current vacancies.

If you would like to let us know about your agency and the services you can offer please email us with your details and we will contact you when required.

Please note, we will not accept resumes from an agency unless the agency has been engaged beforehand for a specific vacancy and an appropriate agreement is in place.

Contact details

  • Employment Coordinator
  • 02 4988 0123