Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do classifications mean in relation to the Public Service?

APS jobs are classified and paid at different levels according to the complexity, responsibility and skills they involve. The most common classifications used are:

  • APS 1 and 2 – general administrative and service positions, cadetship and traineeships.
  • APS 3 and 4 – general entry level positions, graduate positions and general administrative, technical, project and service positions.
  • APS 5 and 6 – senior administrative, technical, project and service positions, which may have supervisory roles.
  • Executive Level 1 and 2 (EL1 & EL2) – middle management positions.
  • Senior Executive Service (SES) – senior leadership and management positions.

2. What is Broadbanding?

Broadbanding in the APS commonly refers to the action of ‘combining and replacing several classification levels with a single, broader classification level. The ABCC’s broadbanded classification levels encompass the work values and standards of the previous classification levels, from the base of the lowest to the top of the highest. The ABCC combines APS 1-3 within its Broadband 1, APS 4-6 within Broadband 2 and EL 1-EL 2 within Broadband 3.

Broadbanding provides benefits for employees and the ABCC. For employees, broadbanding offers increased career advancement and remuneration opportunities by enable professional advancement without the need to undergo a new recruitment process. For the ABCC, broadbanding allows greater flexibility and responsiveness when making decisions regarding staff movement, development and progression.

3. What does selection criteria mean?

Generally, APS positions require candidates to address a selection criteria in their applications.

Some common examples of selection criteria are:

  • demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively
  • good organisational and administrative skills
  • proven ability to work as part of a team
  • well developed customer service skills
  • proven ability to manage projects.

When submitting your application, you must address each of the criteria, preparing examples that fully demonstrate your attributes, competencies and experiences. For more information, see Fact Sheet 5 – Cracking the Code: How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service Link opens external website in new tab.

4. What will happen once I submit my application?

As soon as you submit your application to recruitment [at] you will receive an email confirming it has been received. The Human Resources (HR) unit will forward your application to the selection panel who will assess it against the selection criteria for the position and create a shortlist of applicants.

If your application is shortlisted the HR unit will contact you to arrange an interview.

5. What should I expect at the interview?

APS guidelines state that agencies must have at least two staff members on an interview panel. ABCC selection committees usually consist of three members and a scribe. During the interview you will be:

  • given information about the position and the ABCC
  • asked some questions about yourself, your skills, your experiences in relation to the selection criteria and your career
  • provided with an opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

The ABCC policy on candidate assessment is that candidates are to be assessed holistically based on a judgment by selection committee using all merit-related information available to it.

Following the interview the selection panel will decide who is most suitable for the position. They may contact your referees for confirmation of your skills, abilities and experience. Once their recommendation is approved by the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner the successful applicant will be offered the job.

6. How long does the recruitment process typically take?

The ABCC seeks to successfully fill positions as quickly as possible, however, on occasions there are uncontrollable factors that may draw out the recruitment process.

The HR contact officer is available to answer questions about the timeframe for announcing a decision.

7. What happens if I am successful and recruited by the ABCC?

Successful applicants will be contacted via phone and email to discuss a formal job offer and starting date.

Conditions of employment at ABCC include:

  • health assessments
  • mandatory security clearances apply, some to protected level
  • Australian Citizenship.

You should also be aware that APS employees must uphold the APS Values Link opens external website in new tab and abide by the APS Code of Conduct Link opens external website in new tab.

8. What happens if I am not successful in the recruitment process?

Unsuccessful candidates will be advised by email once the successful candidate has accepted the position.

Need more information?

For further information, advice or assistance please contact the ABCC at 1800 003 338 or enquiry [at]