Federal Government Jobs in Australia

January 26, 2012 · Posted in Business 

Within Australia, Government Jobs happen to be divided up among The Federal Government, The State Government, and the Local Government (or Local Councils, in most cases). Should you be looking for a public service job you have got to deal with the 3 governments, as they do not advertise their vacancies on the same websites, which regrettably implies searching through no less than 3 different web sites, sometimes more.

Most people start their search for a government job by looking at the Commonwealth Government (or Federal Government) so the focus of this article will be employment conditions within the Commonwealth Government.

In the Federal government departments and business units, staff members are employed beneath the Public Service Act 1999 which is known as the Australian Public Service (also referred to as the shortened, APS). While all personnel are employed within the same Act, each organisation possesses its own certified agreement or equivalent, and in an increasing proportion of circumstances new personnel are employed under Workplace Agreements (or AWAs, which became popular in Australia’s workplace reforms).

The majority of departments put up their agreements on their websites so you can see exactly what the workplace conditions are before you apply for a job. A number of long term employees who work for Federal Departments are engaged under other Acts, such as Australian Defence Force employees who are employed under the Defence Act. Defence Force individuals are therefore not deemed members of the APS.

The APS Commission is a central organisation inside the APS which has a critical guidance role in making contributions to the long term future capability and durability of the Australian Public Service. They’ve got their very own website and oversea specific things like appeals within the APS, Workforce Planning policies, Research into the make-up of the APS, employment conditions and corporate governance and they also possess a common training division.

If you are fortunate enough to get a government job and find yourself employed in the Australian Public Service you will be employed within a Australian Public Service classification. Classifications go from APS1 (lowest) to APS6, and then EL1 (Executive Level 1) to EL2. Above EL2 is the Senior Executive Service (highest). Generally, agencies will describe classifications according to their own specific responsibilities, and in some cases will broadband positions.

A broadband covers more than one APS classification. For example, Centrelink has an employment classification that they refer to as Centrelink Band 2, and this incorporates both the APS 3 and APS 4.

Each agency will determine what they expect of each Broadband and how to progress past barriers and into higher classifications.

Government jobs in Australia are normally not well advertised and hard to find unless you already work for the government. The Public Service Jobs webpage can help you, with links through to Commonwealth, State and Local Government job boards, together with lots of tips on how to find and apply for the government job of your dreams.


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