What conditions do I need to meet?

To be eligible for engagement to the Australian Public Service (APS), candidates must meet certain conditions relating to citizenship, security, suitability for work, and health.

We've outlined these conditions below.


Like the rest of the APS, the ABCC employs Australian citizens. Only in exceptional circumstances will we consider waiving this requirement; furthermore, in some limited circumstances candidates who have permanent resident status may be offered employment, pending the granting of citizenship.

Redundancy payment

There are arrangements that limit the employment of people who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or the Australian Parliamentary Service, and who are still within their 'redundancy benefit period' or restriction period.

The circumstances where the restrictions apply are set out in section 48 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2016. However, agency heads have scope to engage a person who is still within their restriction period.

Integrity check

Before commencing employment, we require you to verify that you’re of ‘good character’ by satisfying the requirements of an 'integrity check'. The integrity check includes completion of the national criminal history check through our provider, Fit2Work, and submission of a Good Character Declaration.

Health assessment

If you successfully obtain employment at the ABCC, you must show that you can perform the inherent requirements of the role through satisfactory health clearance.

When offered employment with the ABCC, you’re required to complete—prior to commencing employment—either a Pre-Employment Medical assessment through a medical provider (ongoing employment) or a Health Assessment Declaration (non-ongoing employment).

Health assessments help us provide an appropriate work environment and allow us to make any reasonable adjustment if required.


During your first six months of employment at the ABCC you’ll be in the probationary period. In this time, we assess your conduct and work performance; it’s a condition of your engagement. You must perform to a satisfactory level to keep working for us after the probationary period finishes.

If you’ve transferred from another Australian Public Service (APS) agency and have completed a full probation period, you will be exempt.

Security clearance

All ABCC staff are required to hold a Baseline level security clearance. The successful candidate will either hold or need to obtain upon commencement and maintain a Baseline level security clearance. Positions at the senior executive level are required to hold a valid security clearance applicable to the position.