The way we undertake recruitment in the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) is essential to delivering high quality and responsive services to the ACT Community and serving the Government of the day. A well run recruitment process ensures that the right person is selected, in the right job, at the right time.
These guidelines outline and describe better practice recruitment methods and principles intended to support the ACTPS in managing recruitment activity. They are intended to provide ACTPS employees undertaking recruitment processes with a detailed understanding of the better practice recruitment and selection process. With this knowledge the ACTPS will be able to improve recruitment processes to be efficient, timely and to attract and select the best applicants possible.
These guidelines have been written to be specifically applicable to the ACTPS as prescribed by the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act) and the Public Sector Management Standards 2016 (PSM Standards).
ACT Public Service Recruitment Guidelines (Word 279KB)
Guidelines for Promotion Appeal Panels (PDF 509KB)
Better Practice Guidance Tools
Tool 1 – ACTPS Vacancy Filling Options (Word 179KB)
Tool 2 – Writing a Position Description (Word 179KB)
Tool 3 – A Sample Position Description (Word 179KB)
Tool 4 – Developing Selection Criteria (Word 179KB)
Tool 5 – Selecting an Advertising Strategy (Word 179KB)
Tool 6 – Writing a Job Advertisement (Word 179KB)
Tool 7 – Tips for Effective Short-listing (Word 179KB)
Tool 8 – A Guide to Assessment Methods (Word 179KB)
Tool 9 – Developing your Interview questions (Word 179KB)
Tool 10 – Understanding Pre-Employment Checks (Word 179KB)