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Applying for a position

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

  • review the position description to make sure you meet the selection criteria
  • complete the online application form — including contact details, relevant experience and qualifications.

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 up to date.

You will be notified by email to confirm we have received your application. Please check your emails frequently throughout the process as you will receive regular email communications from us.

If your details change, you can log on and update them at any time. If you have technical difficulties submitting your application, contact our Employment Coordinator on 02 4988 0123.

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. We are committed to making reasonable changes to provide an equal recruitment process.

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 2 reference checks. It is preferred that at least 1 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

We have appointed labour hire service providers for all temporary employee requirements. If you're interested in working in a temporary or short term position, please contact one of the labour hire service providers listed below.

Manual based positions:

  • Complete Staff Solutions — 4941 9800
  • Workforce Recruitment and Labour Services — 4920 2100
  • Labour Co-Operative — 1800 770 073

Administrative based positions:

  • Peoplefusion — 4929 1666
  • Complete Staff Solutions — 4941 9800
  • Labour Co-Operative — 1800 770 073

Professional and technical positions:

  • GWG Partners — 4905 0130
  • Peoplefusion — 4929 1666
  • Complete Staff Solutions — 4941 9800

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

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.

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