How to apply

Before applying for the vacancy, we recommend you:

  • Carefully read the Candidate Information Kit for information on the position, the application process and the knowledge, skills and abilities we are looking for.
  • You may also wish to visit the  APS Jobs Website for further information about applying for Australian Public Service positions.
  • Contact the Contact Officer to discuss the position, the selection process and the work environment.

Engagement Conditions

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


Like the rest of the Australian Public Service, the ABCC employ Australian citizens. The agency will only in exceptional circumstances consider this requirement to be waived. However, 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 you are of good character through a satisfactory integrity check. The integrity check includes completion of the national criminal history check through our provider fit2work and submission of a Good Character Declaration (include link).

Health Assessment

If you are successful in obtaining employment, you must show that you can perform the inherent requirements of the role through satisfactory health clearance. When you are offered employment with the ABCC, you are required to complete either a Pre-Employment Medical assessment through a medical provider (ongoing employment) or a Health Assessment Declaration (non-ongoing employment) prior to commencing.

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


The first six months you work for the ABCC is called the probationary period. In this time, we assess your conduct and work performance. It is a condition of your engagement. You must perform to a satisfactory level to keep working for us after the probationary period finishes.

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

Security Clearance

Some jobs require a security clearance because of the type of issues/information dealt with in the job. If a security clearance is required as part of your role at the ABCC, it may involve pre-employment and background checks. Positions at the SES level are required to hold a valid security clearance applicable to the position.

Writing Your Application

All position applications must include the following information:

1.  Resume/CV

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should provide relevant information about your education, employment experience, achievements and abilities.

  • A good resume has the following characteristics:
  • A logical flow and structure
  • Clear and easy to read
  • Written in reverse chronological order (starting with your most recent positions)
  • Relevant to the job you are applying for
  • Employment history
  • Education, qualifications, training and professional memberships
  • References
  • Any additional information you consider relevant to the role you are applying for.

2.  A covering letter no longer than two pages

Your two page cover letter should be written in a concise, clear manner with the sole intention of highlighting your skills and experiences relevant to the job on offer. In addition we want to know why you want to work at the ABCC, why you are interested in the position and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role (please refer to the relevant Candidate Information Kit for details).

3.  Application cover sheet – to be completed (Word - 76K | PDF - 150K)

4.  Good character declaration form – to be completed (Word 46K | PDF 125K)

Make sure you structure your application around the Candidate Information Kit and the specific skills and abilities we are looking for.  What you write will help the selection panel shortlist applicants for further consideration.

Please note: applications that do not include all of the above information may not be considered for shortlisting.

How does the job application process work?

The ABCC follows these steps in the recruitment process:

ABCC recruitment process

*Please note: All offers of employment with the ABCC are made subject to candidates meeting the engagement conditions.