Job Application Guidelines

Please read the following job application guidelines carefully.

Thank you for expressing interest in employment with Alpine Shire Council. If you are successful in your application to join Alpine Shire Council, you will find that our business and work environment is both challenging and rewarding.

These Guidelines provide individuals with the necessary information to respond to the advertised positions. The following outlines Council’s recruitment and selection process; and contains helpful information and tips on applying for a position with us.

Alpine Shire Council

The Alpine Shire Council is located in north-east Victoria. The shire covers 4839 square kilometres, located in two major river valleys - the Ovens River and Kiewa River valleys – and the smaller Buffalo River valley. Approximately 92 per cent is public land, including the Mount Buffalo National Park, large tracts of the Alpine National Park and many smaller state forests and crown land. The shire also surrounds the two major ski resorts Hotham and Falls Creek.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Alpine Shire Council is an equal opportunity employer and values the contributions a diverse workforce can bring to the organisation, ensuring that fair, equitable and non-discriminatory consideration is given to all applicants regardless of age, sex, disability, marital status, pregnancy, race/ethno-religious background, industrial activity, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as a parent or carer, political activity, or irrelevant criminal record.

Benefits of working at the Alpine Shire Council

Council is an innovative and professional organisation with flexible working conditions including:
• Challenging career opportunities
• Worklife balance opportunities
• Above Award conditions
• Employee professional development initiatives
• Superannuation
• Equal Employment Opportunity

Applying for a job

The selection process has been designed to ensure that all eligible applicants have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and suitability for the position.

The process is objective and comprehensive and is designed to select the most suitable applicants for the role. The minimum requirement of a shortlisted applicant will be to attend an interview. However, the selection process may also include skills tests or work samples, reference checking, psychometric assessment, a functional capacity assessment, police check and working with children check where appropriate. Appointment to positions within Council is on the basis of merit. All jobs available are advertised and Council does not provide employment to unsolicited applicants.

Position description

The Position Description should be read very carefully as this describes the conditions, duties, and requirements of the position and provides the criteria for selecting the most suitable person for the job.

Contact officer

The contact officer’s name is stated on the Job Advertisement. If you have any queries please contact this person after you read these guidelines so your questions can be addressed promptly. Speaking to the contact person may assist you in your decision on whether to apply for the position.

Your application

The primary function of an application is to provide relevant information about your education, work history, skills and experience. It is the first step of the selection process and although it will never solely determine whether you are successful, an application does convey important information about you and your suitability for the position.

Hard-copy applications should include the title of the position.

Online applications

• Complete application questions (where applicable)
• Upload your resume and a cover letter

Closing date / late applications

It is essential that you take all reasonable steps to ensure your application arrives at Council by the closing date. Selection Panels are not obliged to accept late applications.

Please refer to the Positions Available page for the closing date.

Where to send your application

Applications may be submitted online. Hard-copy applications may be forwarded to:
Alpine Shire Council
PO Box 139


Your application will be acknowledged once submitted online. Should you be selected for an interview you will be contacted after the application closing date.

All applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of the application closing date to be informed of their status.

Availability for interview

As an applicant, you will be regarded as being available for interview from the closing date or on a date specified in the job advertisement. Applicants will be given a reasonable amount of notice to attend an interview. If you know you will be unavailable in the month following the closing date, you should advise of your expected absence in your application.


The interview will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate merit, skill and qualifications applicable to the position. The selection panel will ask a series of questions based on the selection criteria.

Copies of your Working with Children Check card, licences, and qualifications may be requested for viewing at interview stage.

You may also bring any documents, examples of work etc. that may assist in the interview process. The selection panel will rate all interviewees against each selection criterion for the position, then discuss their results and reach a consensus prior to making a recommendation.

Psychometric assessment

Prospective employees may undergo a Psychometric Assessment prior to appointment. The aim of the assessment is to determine cognitive and behavioural fit for the role and the broader organisation.

Conditions of employment

If you are successful in your application for employment with Council, and you would like further information on conditions of employment and salary prior to accepting, please contact the chair of the Selection Panel.


For further information please contact Human Resources, 03 5755 0555.

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