Preparing your application

Use these tips to make sure your application for a position at Hornsby Shire Council has the best possible chance of success.

What should the application include?

Your application should be well organised and provide enough relevant information about your education, work history, skills and experience to allow the selection panel to decide whether you will be interviewed for the position. This should be contained within your cover letter, curriculum vitae or supporting documents.

Make sure you keep your application concise and relevant. Do not overstate your case, as we will check your references.

The application should include:

Personal information, including your 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, either in your cover letter or supporting documents.

What happens after you have sent your application?

We will acknowledge we have received your application as soon as possible.

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 you can assume you haven’t been selected for an interview.


We assume you are available to be interviewed from the date applications close. We will normally give you at least three days notice before your interview. If you know you will be unavailable in the month after the closing date, you should advise us of your expected absence in your application.

During the interview a selection panel will assess your suitability for the position against the essential criteria. We will ask similar questions of each applicant and make a selection for short listing based on the answers provided.

You will be asked to bring the following:

  • Right to Work in Australia documentation (birth certificate, passport, visa).
  • Originals or copies (certified by a Justice of the Peace) of relevant qualifications, licences, references etc.

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 records 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.

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 is located at

Pre-employment physical assessment

Short-listed applicants will be contacted by telephone and asked to attend a pre-employment assessment at Council’s expense.

Selection and notification

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