How to apply for a job at AFSA

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At our core, we uphold the APS Merit Principle. That is why our selection processes are designed to attract and select the most suitable people for our roles.

Our selection process may include the following parts:

  • written application
  • shortlisting
  • interview
  • other selection tools eg work sample tests
  • reference checks
  • offers, merit pools and feedback

Essential capabilities

Your application will be assessed against the key responsibilities and essential capabilities outlined in the selection document. Read the selection document and provide your responses accordingly.

Submitting your application

Applications should be submitted by the closing date specified in the selection document. Generally, late applications are not accepted, however if there are exceptional circumstances contact the nominated officer to discuss.


  • make contact with nominated contact officer to find out more about the position
  • find out more about what AFSA does through our website
  • use specific language, e.g. 'I formatted and edited the newsletter' instead of 'we produced a newsletter'
  • put your name, position reference number and page number on each page
  • have someone else read your responses, checking for clarity of expression, spelling and grammar.

More information and tips to help you apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service is available on APSC-Cracking the Code.


AFSA may engage or utilise external parties to assist in AFSA recruitment processes.  As part of these processes your application may be disclosed to these parties.  External parties engaged by AFSA are required to comply with the same privacy obligations as they apply to AFSA employees.

For further information about privacy obligations, see our privacy policy.