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How to apply for a job @ NHMRC

If you are interested in applying for any of our positions, please read the information provided here and in the documents that accompany each vacancy. We also encourage you to speak with the Contact Officer for the position you are interested in. This will assist in determining whether the NHMRC, and the position, are a good fit for you.

General information

For general information about employment in the Australian Public Service (APS), see Cracking the Code: how to apply for jobs in the APS on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Preparing your application

This provides practical advice on addressing selection criteria, APS interviews and much more.

Addressing selection criteria

Your responses to the selection criteria provide the basis for initial shortlisting.  This is your opportunity to convince the selection panel that you should be considered for the job. It is important that you address each criterion thoroughly and honestly, with relevant examples to demonstrate your skills, capabilities, experience and qualifications.  You may use examples from your professional or personal life. 

The selection criteria are based on the Capability Map which identifies the qualities required of people to effectively perform at each level (APS 1 to EL 2).

Capability maps:

Preparing your resume

Your resume should provide the selection panel with an outline of your work history, education, achievements and other information relevant to the position.  How you present this information is a personal choice, but it should include:

  • Your details – your name, address and contact details;
  • Your qualifications – include relevant education and professional development activities;
  • Your employment history – in reverse chronological order from your current position, including dates of employment, position title (and APS level if applicable) and a summary of your responsibilities and achievements;
  • Any other information which will support your application, such as professional memberships, awards, published papers (if appropriate).

Mandatory qualifications

Some positions require mandatory qualifications and these will be advised in the Applicant Information. If evidence of qualifications needs to be submitted with the application, this will also be advised in the Applicant Information.

Applications must be received by the advertised due date, unless alternative arrangements have been made with the Contact Officer nominated in the Applicant Information.

For information about how the NHMRC selects its staff, see How We Select.

How eRecruit works

NHMRC uses the online system eRecruit to advertise vacancies and receive applications from candidates.

The system allows candidates to:

  • search for opportunities
  • download selection documentation
  • identify the contact officer and closing date for each vacancy
  • submit an application online
  • receive email correspondence
  • access their previous applications submitted through eRecruit.

Who sees my application?

Only the following people will be able to view your application:

  • you
  • the selection panel responsible for assessing your application
  • staff of an external provider if they have been engaged to manage or assist with recruitment activities
  • the Delegate (NHMRC’s manager who has the authority to approve selection decisions)
  • the Human Resources Section (who manage recruitment for NHMRC).

What happens after I submit an application?

When you submit an application through eRecruit:

  • You will receive an email advising that your application has been received.
  • If your application is incomplete, you will receive an email reminder 3 days before the closing date.
  • If you have been selected for further assessment, you will be contacted by the selection panel.
  • If you have been successful, you will receive written advice from NHMRC about your promotion, engagement or movement. You will also receive the forms and other information required prior to your start date.
  • If you are unsuccessful, you will receive notification and an offer to receive feedback from the selection panel.

First time user?

Go to eRecruit and identify a job for which you'd like to apply. Choose ‘begin' and follow the prompts. The system will assign you a logon ID, which you should retain along with your password.

Your logon ID and password allow you to:

  • apply for vacancies
  • access your current application and any previous applications
  • update your personal details.

Already registered?

If you have already registered with eRecruit and have a logon ID and password, you can login and start a new application, update your personal details or view previous applications.

Forgotten your ID and password?

If you forget your logon ID and password, the system will ask you to enter your email address and will email your logon ID and password to you. You can then access eRecruit and continue with your application.

No internet access?

If you do not have access to the internet you can still apply for a job using hard copy. Please type your application and mail it to:

Human Resources
National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421
Canberra ACT 2601

Privacy and security

NHMRC treats personal information as confidential.

The Privacy Act 1988 is the key law designed to protect your rights and prevent misuse of personal information collected by Australian Government agencies. Your personal information will not be disclosed unless the law permits it or you give permission.
While eRecruit provides a secure environment for your application, you should be aware there are inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet.

For help and information

Please contact the Human Resources if you have any questions regarding the system.

Email human.resources@nhmrc.gov.au or call (02) 6217 9444.

Page reviewed: 27 June, 2013