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How to Apply for a Position - Penrith City Council

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How to Apply for a Position
Council prefers online applications, however, if you do not have access to the internet please include the
following components in your application:
1. Application Cover Sheet
The Application Cover Sheet is included with this Information Pack. It is used for data entry
purposes only.
2. Cover Letter
The Cover Letter should include a brief overview of your claim for the position. In addition, it should
include your contact details, including daytime phone number, and the title and vacancy number of
the position you are applying for.
3. Address of Essential and Desirable Selection Criteria
The Selection Criteria details the qualifications, skills and experience that are required to perform
the job. Essential Criteria are those qualities that you must possess to perform the job, whereas
Desirable Criteria are those qualities that would assist you in the job.
What you write and how you answer the Selection Criteria will determine whether or not you will be
interviewed. Where relevant, you should include details of your qualifications, knowledge, skills,
abilities and relevant work experience, and support your claim with demonstrated examples. It is
recommended that you address each selection criteria separately, clearly indicating the criteria you
are addressing.
4. Resume
Your Resume provides additional information for the selection panel. Your Resume should include:
 Education Credentials: Attach copies of any relevant qualifications (such as certificates and
 Employment History: Detail in chronological order, with your most recent position first. Details
including period of employment, position and organisation should also be included.
 Referees: Include at least two recent work related referee details, with names, position titles
and daytime contact telephone numbers. It is recommended that you advise your referees of
the position you are seeking and obtain their agreement to speak on your behalf. Referees will
be contacted if you are shortlisted.
Important: Please ensure only copies of support material are included in your application.
Please address your application to:
Workforce and Workplace
Position Title and Vacancy Number
Penrith City Council
PO Box 60
02 4732 7958
Additional Information
Internal Applicants
Due to confidentiality the Selection Panel does not access personal files. The Selection Panel will
assess your performance based on your application, interview and referee reports only.
Multiple Applications
If you are applying for more than one position with Council you will need to submit a separate
application for each position. This is because the Essential and Desirable Criteria for each position
will be different.
Additionally, Council does not retain your application for future position vacancies. If a vacancy is readvertised it is recommended that you re-apply for this position.
Overseas Qualifications
If you have qualifications from overseas you are encouraged to attach a copy of an assessment of
your qualifications by the Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills
Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to your application. This assessment provides advice on the educational
level of an overseas qualification compared to the educational level of an Australian qualification on
the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Your application may not be considered without this
You can obtain more information about this assessment service by checking their website at or by phoning 1300 363 079.
Closing Date
The closing date for the position will be detailed in the advertisement. Council must receive your
application by 5pm on this date for it to be considered for the position. Late applications will not be
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