When preparing your application, it is recommended that you:
- download and carefully read the information about the position (the 'Applicant Information Kit'), focusing on the duties of the role and the skills and experience required
- conduct some initial research by browsing this website and reading key resources such as the Annual Report and Corporate Plan
- take the opportunity to speak to the Contact Officer to seek clarification or additional information
- decide whether the ABS is the type of place you would like to work and whether you possess the skills, experience, knowledge and abilities required
- be aware of the closing date and how to lodge your application (see below).
Applying for vacancies using e-Recruitment
Our online recruitment system will ask you some standard personal details:
- citizenship status
- personal and contact details
- equity and diversity details (optional)
- a summary of your employment details
- a summary of your education/trade qualifications.
You will also be provided with the opportunity to promote yourself, saying why are you are right for the role and you will usually need to provide:
- a referee report (where requested), or the names of at least two referees who can comment on your work performance and character
- a recent resume, outlining your relevant work experience, educational background and achievements.
How will you be assessed?
The ABS uses a variety of techniques and processes to assess the merit of an applicant. Depending on the job advertised, these could include some or all of the following:
- Assessment of your written application by the selection panel – i.e. your ‘Statement of Claims’ against the selection criteria and/or answers to questions on the application form, together with your resume.
- Video interview – if you are invited to submit a video interview, the selection panel will assess your responses to the questions.
- Cognitive assessment – if you are invited to complete a cognitive assessment, the selection panel will consider your assessment in conjunction with your written application and video interview (if applicable).
- Selection panel interview – a selection panel may invite you for a face-to-face interview in an ABS office. This may be conducted in person or via video conference. Typically selection panels consist of two or three members and we may also employ the services of a scribe.
- Reference check – we may contact your referees by phone, email or request that you invite your referees to complete an online reference check.
Note: video interviews, cognitive assessments and online reference checks are conducted on behalf of the ABS by a third party provider. In order to facilitate these processes, we provide your name and email address to these third party providers. The ABS has ensured that any third party providers we contract services with adhere to the Australian Privacy Principles according to the Privacy Act 1988.
Lodging Your Application
Applications should be lodged by the specified closing date and time (usually 11.30 PM Australian Eastern Standard or Daylight Saving Time). The ABS only accepts online applications.
If you have any queries about using the ABS eRecruitment system, please contact Recruitment on 1800 249 583.
Applicant User Guide
If applicants experience any difficulties with the eRecruitment system, we encourage them to use the eRecruitment User Guide.
ABS' online e-recruitment service is provided by NGANET.AU (owned by Acendre) and all applicant information is appropriately secured by the provider to ensure applicants' privacy and information is protected.
For more information refer to the Privacy Statement.