City of Palmerston

Applying for a Position

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Applying for one of our vacant positions is simple. Please read the instructions below and submit your application via our online recruitment system.

Our recruitment process has recently been reviewed. Please make sure that you familiarise yourself with the amended recruitment process. By submitting an application for any of our vacancies you acknowledge that you have read the information below and you agree to it.

The most significant changes are the following:

  • Applicants are required to submit a one-page cover letter, which summarises how their knowledge, skills, qualifications and work experience applies to the requirements and key selection criteria of the position.
  • Contact with nominated and not-nominated referees to assess suitability of the applicant for a position may be initiated at any stage of the recruitment process. This will include your current or most recent employer. Furthermore, the verification of employment information and qualifications may take place at any stage in the process.

What to include in your application

Applicants need to submit a cover letter and a resume as part of their application. These two documents need to hold enough information to allow City of Palmerston to assess their suitability against the essential selection criteria/position requirements.

Element 1: Cover Letter

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter that outlines how their work experience and achievements, skills, knowledge and qualifications relate to the position they are applying for. Before drawing up a cover letter, applicants should review the key responsibilities and requirements of the position in order to briefly highlight how they meet may meet the essential requirements of the role. The cover letter should not exceed one page.

For example:  If an essential selection criterion requires ‘’3 years’ experience in customer service” the cover letter should briefly highlight the previous work experience an applicant has in this area.

Element 2: Resume

Resumes can be submitted in any style. It is recommended that current resumes will need to give a minimum details regarding your

  1. Employment history
    - Dates of employment
    - Position titles
    - Summary of key responsibilities
    - Major achievements in this position
  2. Qualifications
    - Name and details of the qualification
    - Date when the qualification was awarded
    - Institution that delivered the qualification
  3. Licences
    - Driver’s licence and other relevant licences
  4. Special achievements
    - Awards and special recognitions
  5. Computer skills
    - Level of computer skills and expertise of software packages
  6. Professional memberships
  7. Three professional referees, who have previously supervised the applicant
    - Name of the referee
    - Position title and Company Name
    - Date when the referee worked with the applicant
    - Contact details of the referee, including a phone number and current e-mail address

How to apply

  1. After you have submitted your application, you will always receive an automatic acknowledgment e-mail. If you do not receive an e-mail, your application is either incomplete or you may have entered a wrong e-mail-address. It is your responsibility to complete all steps in the online-system as incomplete applications will not progress further. If you experience any technical issues with the system, please contact Council on (08) 8935 9922.
  2. Read the information regarding the job carefully and familiarise yourself with the position description. Prepare your cover letter and resume for your application.
  3. Depending on the position you are applying for, you are prompted to enter information related to your resume and to answer a series of questions.
  4. If you have any general issues regarding the use of the system, you may find the information you can find here helpful.

The Selection Process

The City of Palmerston’s selection process is based on merit and conducted in a fair and equitable manner in accordance with the Local Government Act.

All applications received for a position will be forwarded to a nominated selection panel that will assess applications for suitability. Referee reports will usually be sought before further assessments take place, but can also take place at any other stage of the recruitment process.  The panel may contact nominated referees or may seek information from other individuals who can provide information relevant to their skills, previous work and work performance. External applicants will receive one day of notice before contact with nominate or non-nominated referees is made. Furthermore, City of Palmerston may choose further methods to verify employment information or qualifications.

Applicants might be invited by a HR representative for an interview and/or further assessments. Interviews can be of a structured or unstructured nature. Further assessments might include work testing, requesting the submission of work samples, presentations, psychological testing and other methods as determined by the selection panel.

Preferred candidates may receive a conditional offer. A pre-employment medical, a police clearance or working with children clearance, information regarding their eligibility to work in Australia and the provision of relevant qualifications or licences may be required before their employment becomes confirmed.

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the recruitment process once the  successful applicant has accepted Council’s offer of employment.

A Place for People

Council Offices
Civic Plaza, First Floor
2 Chung Wah Terrace,
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9922 (24 hour service)
F 08 8935 9900
E palmerston@palmerston.nt.gov.au

Office Hours
8.15am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Closed public holidays

Palmerston Library
Goyder Square, The Boulevard
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9999
F 08 8935 9998
E library@palmerston.nt.gov.au

Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Closed public holidays

Palmerston Recreation Centre
11 The Boulevard
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9777
F 08 8931 0122
E topendmember@ymca.org.au

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 6am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday 9am - 1pm
Public holidays 9am - 1pm