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Working for Mitchell

When you join Mitchell Shire Council you join over 450 employees who work for us in full-time, part-time and casual positions.

Mitchell Shire Council offers great opportunities for a long and varied career in your field of expertise. We employ talented and passionate people across a huge range of industry sectors, including community services, planning, engineering, early education, leisure services, IT, customer service, accounting, finance and operations.

We are looking for employees who want to make a difference to their community and work in a varied and challenging environment. If you would like to be part of this team, then review our current vacancies.

Download our terms of employment

Our Recruitment Process

Here’s what you can expect as an applicant:

  1. Submit your application online.
  2. You will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has been received.
  3. We will then contact shortlisted candidates. We will do our best to be in touch with all applicants within 2 weeks of the closing date. If you are not selected for interview, you will receive an email from us.
  4. Panel interview.
  5. Pre-employment screening which can include reference checking, Police Check, pre-employment medical and psychometric testing, Working With Children Check, copies of qualifications (for applicable roles).
  6. We will offer you the job.
  7. Your exciting new career with us begins.

What to Submit with your Application

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • key selection criteria

Addressing the Key Selection Criteria

To ensure your application is considered, you must address the key selection criteria. You can find the key selection criteria in the position description attached to the job advertisement.

The key selection criteria describe the personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications a person needs to perform the role effectively. Please note, only applications that address the key selection criteria will be considered for an interview.

To address the key selection criteria you need to write short statements that explain your specific capabilities for each of the criteria. These should be approximately 1 to 3 paragraphs in length for each criterion and should be expressed concisely.

When making a statement on how you meet the criteria, cite relevant examples that detail how you were involved in a process, or how you applied a relevant skill or ability. In providing evidence or support of your achievements, explain how you were successful.

How to structure responses to Key Selection Criteria

The STAR approach is a useful way to structure your responses to the selection criteria:

  • Situation — A brief outline of the situation or setting. What was your role?
  • Task — What did you do?
  • Approach or action — How did you do it?
  • Result — What was the outcome? What feedback did you receive?

Local government COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Before commencing employment with Mitchell Shire Council, successful applicants are required to provide appropriate evidence that they have:

  • received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • received one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and have a scheduled appointment to receive a second dose (by 26 November 2021); and
  • (as relevant), received appropriate booster shots of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with public health guidance; or
  • an approved medical exemption.

If this evidence is not provided within 2 weeks of the offer of employment, the offer of employment will lapse. If the offer has been accepted, the contract and employment can be terminated by Council with immediate effect, with no payment or compensation payable by Council to the applicant or employee.

Employment Privacy

The personal information you supply in your employment applications will be used solely for the primary purpose for which it was collected or for purposes that a person may reasonably expect with regards to the processing of such applications.

Applicants must understand that the personal information provided is for recruitment purposes and that they may apply to the Council for access to and/or amendment of the information.

This page was last updated on 24 November 2021.