Application Process

What to include in your Application?

  • A cover letter tailored to the vacancy
  • Your resume / CV that provides full personal details, qualifications, previous employment and experience
  • Statement of claim against the selection criteria (if requested)

Review the position profile
Before lodging your application, you will need to read the position profile. A copy of the position profile will be available as an attachment to the vacancy and will provide you with an insight into the requirements and competencies of the position.

Where a position is advertised as “internal” only current CDU staff many apply.
International applicants are required to have a right to work in Australia or qualify for temporary work visa (sponsorship is not applicanle to all roles).

Address selection criteria
To enable the selection committee to assess your suitability for a position, if requested, you may be required to address the selection criteria specified in the position profile.
If required, you should address each selection criterion individually and cite evidence, using examples, to support your claims, rather than just presenting a list of facts. Please be aware that if you do not address the selection criteria, and it is required for that role, you may not be considered for the position.

Following the meeting of the selection committee, arrangements will be made to interview short-listed applicants that have demonstrated the necessary competencies and qualifications to meet the requirements of the role.

Interviews maybe conducted by the selection committee face-to-face, by phone or via Webex / Zoom. The interview process will include an introduction, a set of behavioural questions, possible activity / presentation and an opportunity for you to share additional information and ask relevant questions.

Verbal references
If identified as the recommended candidate you will be requested to provide details of your referees. Please be sure to let your referees know to expect to be contacted so they can ensure they are available.

Salary negotiation
Upon receipt of suitable reference reports the Chair of the selection committee will engage in salary negotiations and starting date.

Offer of employment
An actual offer of employment is only valid when issued by the Director, People and Capability.
If successful you will be sent an electronic offer of appointment, specifying the terms and conditions of your employment. You are advised not to resign from your current employment until this formal offer has been received and accepted. All applicants will be notified by email at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

Staff Criminal History checks and Working with Children checks
If your position with the University requires that you obtain a Criminal History Check (CHC) and / or Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card) it is your responsibility for initiating the CHC by submitting an application to SAFE NT before your first day at work.

Proof of submission of the application form must be provided to People and Capability in the form of the receipt for payment which states the date of lodgement. You can apply for your CHC at SAFE NT.


Unfortunately it is not possible to provide feedback on all applications, however, unsuccessful interviewed applicants may request feedback from the Chair of the selection committee.
International applicants / immigration

Appointment to general staff positions, VET positions, and academic positions at Level A, are normally filled only by candidates holding Australian citizenship or permanent residency status.

If you are an international applicant and are offered employment, you will be required to notify the University of any Australian Immigration Department restrictions that may preclude you from fulfilling the terms of your employment.

If you require sponsorship for a temporary residence visa and it is supported employment that you take out private health cover for the duration of the appointment and you will need to meet the cost of this insurance.

For further information in relation to Australian visas or employer-sponsored migration, contact the: Australian Consulate General in your area, or Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Medical Requirements
Appointees are required to notify CDU of any medical or physical restrictions that may preclude them from fulfilling the terms of any contract of employment offered by the University

Unless otherwise specified, positions that are classified between HEW Level 1 and HEW Level 6 do not attract a relocation allowance. For queries regarding all other positions (HEW Level 7 and above, Higher Education Academic or VET Academic) please contact the Talent Acquisittion Team on (08) 8946 6492 or email

Equal Opportunity
As an equal opportunity employer, CDU has a policy to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of a person with a disability.

If you have a special requirement, you should advise the University either in your application or by personal communication with the Talent Acquistion Consultant or the Chair of the selection committee.

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