Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

Recruitment Guidelines

The Recruitment and Selection Process


All positions advertised have a corresponding Duty Statement setting out the responsibilities and tasks of the job and a Selection Criteria describing the key competencies, skills, and/or qualifications required to perform in the position.

A Selection Panel, composed of three staff members across different departments, is responsible for selection decisions. The Duty Statement and Selection Criteria are used as a benchmark for assessing applications.


The timeline of the recruitment and selection process

We are committed to providing a smooth recruitment and selection process for all stakeholders. Guidance for the timing of the process is outlined below:

  • Positions are usually advertised for a period of two weeks
  • Where possible, we aim to shortlist candidates within two weeks of the closing date of applications
  • Interviews are held face to face or via phone/video conference
  • Where possible, we aim to have selection decisions confirmed within six weeks of the closing date of applications.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application at the conclusion of the selection process.


We appreciate that feedback helps to acknowledge expectations of both sides and aids candidates in the development of future applications.

Feedback may be provided to shortlisted candidates after interviews have been conducted and a decision has been made. This will confirm the selection process and a breakdown of how well your application met each of the selection criteria, compared to other candidates.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications received for each position, it is not always possible to give feedback on applications that were not shortlisted.

The Written Application

The written application demonstrates your experience, qualities and skills and how they transfer to the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria for the position.  Generally, a written application will include:

1. A written response to the Selection Criteria for the role; and
2. Your CV/resume.

Ensure that your CV is concise (no longer than 3 pages in length) and details your work history, qualifications and achievements.

Tips for addressing Selection Criteria

  • Keep to the indicated word limits when responding to selection criteria.
  • Include relevant examples of workplace achievements to demonstrate your claims.
  • Avoid general assertions about skills or experience.
  • Use recent examples as far as possible.


Referee Reports

You will be required to supply contact details of at least two referees. Your referee/s should be familiar with your work and able comment on your abilities and performance. 

You may like to assist referees by providing them with a copy of your application, the duty statement for the job/selection criteria and any other relevant materials. It is your responsibility to advise your referee/s that they will be contacted.

Only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted, after the interview.