How to apply

What to include in your application

Your application should contain:

  1. A completed application cover sheet.
  2. A cover letter addressed to the contact officer.
  3. Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  4. Your statement of claims against the selection criteria.
  5. Completed referee reports – required only if specified under the heading ‘to apply’ in the selection documentation of the advertised position.

Application Cover Sheet template
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Referee Assessment Report template – Selection Criteria
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Referee Assessment Report template – Statement of Claims 
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Claims against the selection criteria

Your claims against the selection criteria should be a separate document from your CV and must be titled ‘claims against selection criteria’. When addressing the selection criteria you should:

  • display your competence or suitability in meeting all selection criteria, and
  • provide specific examples to demonstrate and support your claims. Your examples should outline the situation, identifying the actions you took and summarise the results.

To be considered for the vacancy you must:

  • meet all selection criteria, and
  • provide enough information to demonstrate that you meet all selection criteria.


To be eligible for engagement as an Australian Public Service (APS) employee you must be an Australian citizen or are able to provide proof you are expecting to gain citizenship within the next two months.

If you have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or non-APS Commonwealth employer within the last 12 months you may apply for positions with Safe Work Australia, but the exclusion period based on the level of redundancy benefit received will apply.

RecruitAbility scheme

Safe Work Australia is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position.

How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?

You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.

Reasonable adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. If you require adjustment please state this in the Diversity section of the application form.

Details about the RecruitAbility scheme visit the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.

Submitting your application

Your application must be received by the advertised closing date. If, for any reason you cannot submit your application by the closing date you must seek permission from the advertised contact person. An extension may be granted at the discretion of the contact officer and the selection committee, but this is not guaranteed.

Apply by email

Your application should be emailed to

Apply by post

Applications received by post must be date stamped before the application close date.

The Recruitment Officer
Safe Work Australia
GPO Box 641
Canberra ACT 2601

By hand

Level 3, 220 Northbourne Ave
Braddon, ACT 2012

Further information

If you have a question about how to apply for a particular vacancy you can call the contact person on the position advertisement or the People and Performance Team via email at or via the HR Hotline at 02 6240 5064.


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