Preparing your application

Thank you for your interest in a position with Hornsby Shire Council.

We understand that a lot of work can go into preparing a job application. To give yourself the best chance of success, we’ve prepared some recommendations to assist you.

What should your application include?

Your application should be well organised and provide enough relevant information about your education, work history, skills and experience to allow us to decide whether you will be interviewed for the position. Please include this information within your cover letter, resume or online application.

Make sure you keep your application concise and relevant.

Your application should include:

Personal information: full name, address, contact telephone numbers and email address.

Education and training: listed chronologically from most recent to least recent.

Work experience: listed chronologically from most recent to least recent.

Selection criteria (which is required for some positions): describe how you meet the criteria in a concise manner. Selection criteria responses should be completed on the online application.

What happens after you have sent your application?

We appreciate the time you have spent preparing your application. We will acknowledge we have received your application upon receipt.

If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted. If you haven’t heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been selected for an interview.


We will normally give you at least three days’ notice before your interview. If you know will be unavailable in the month after the closing date, please advise us of your expected absence in your application.

During the interview a selection panel will assess your suitability for the position against the criteria for the position.

You will be asked to bring the following:

  • Originals (or copies, certified by a Justice of the Peace) of relevant qualifications, licences, etc and
  • your documentation to show your right to work in Australia (Australian birth certificate, current Australian passport, Australian Citizenship or appropriate visa).

Criminal Record Check

This will be carried out on applicants recommended for certain positions. A criminal record does not necessarily disqualify you from selection. If the criminal record check results in rejection of your selection, you will be given the opportunity to discuss the matter before a final decision is made.

Working with Children Check

When applying for a position in child-related employment a Working with Children Check will be undertaken. The check takes into account relevant criminal records, apprehended violence orders and completed disciplinary proceedings.

Please note it is an offence under the NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 for a person convicted of a serious offence to apply for a child-related position. Information on the Working with Children Check can be found at www.service.nsw.gov.au.

Pre-employment physical assessment

Many things are taken into consideration before offering an applicant a position with Hornsby Shire Council. One of these is the applicant’s ability to undertake the duties of the role safely and without injury. To determine this, short-listed applicants will be contracted by telephone and asked to attend a pre-employment assessment at Council’s expense.

Selection and notification

Naturally, not everyone that applies for a position can be successful on every occasion. However, we appreciate the time that all applicants commit to the recruitment process.

You will be notified of the outcome, whether you were successful or not.

We wish you luck with your application and thank you for your interest in a career with Hornsby Shire Council.