If you are a new candidate and would like to register with us, please carefully read our How to Register process below.
- There are several documents we need to receive from you, before we are able to book you in for a candidate meeting.
Government Public Affairs Roles – What You Need to Know..for more details.
- The levels are:
- * Public affairs officer grade 1 (PAO1) – equivalent to APS Level 4 or 5 (APS4 / APS5)
- * Public affairs officer grade 2 (PAO2) – equivalent to APS Level 6 (APS6)
- * Public affairs officer grade 3 (PAO3) – equivalent to APS Executive Level 1 (EL1)
- * Senior public affairs officer grade 1 (SPAO1) -equivalent to Executive Level 2 (EL2) – Director level
- * Senior public affairs officer grade 2 (SPAO2) – also equivalent to Executive Level 2 (EL2) – sometimes called Senior Director
Please be aware that following the 2013 election the new Abbott government made a decision to reduce APS employees by 12,000 people. Recruitment for federal government jobs virtually ceased and no new employment happened for around 2 years.
In 2017, while the federal APS is still downsizing in many areas, recruitment has started to pick up, albeit it slowly. In many departments, the PAO classification streams no longer apply and have been amalgamated into the general APS classification streams. More info about those APS-wide Work Level Standards can be found here.
Jobs can also be found in the ACT public service.
Non-Government Public Affairs Roles..for more details.
- In Canberra, the federal and ACT governments are the predominant employers of public affairs officers and to a lesser (but still significant extent) the other sectors.
- In other states, State government departments and agencies are significant employers however.
- Sydney, private sector employers are the main employers along with the State government.
- In Melbourne, private sector as well as many industry associations and not-for-profits have their headquarters.
- In Brisbane, there is a growing community of leading edge companies that need social media experts
The Process – How to Register with Us..for more details.
- Why? We need your CV in a format that focuses on Achievements not on the Duties and Responsibilities.
- 95% of potential candidates will automatically tell us their CV lists their Achievements and we find it only lists Duties.
- Unless the CV contains tangible outcomes / results, you are likely to only have listed Duties not Achievements.
- Our 2015 CV Tips and Hints will show you the difference.
- If you would like more in-depth information about what employers need to see in a CV, you can purchase our new e-book (Career Tips & Hints…for a Great CV) on our Products page. More information about the e-book publication is on our blog post.
- We only conduct candidate interviews on a Tuesday.
- Click on our Appointments page to open it in a new window/tab.
- Select the Candidate Interviews – Tuesdays Only from the drop-down list (Please don’t use another category or we’ll miss seeing the appointment.)
- Remember to include the date and time in the email below.
Step 4: Send us your documentation (CV and Candidate Questionnaire) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us the completed documents :
- Your CV (in our suggested format as per CV Tips and Hints)
- Your Candidate Questionnaire
- …and include your Appointment Date and Time.
Why You Need to Register
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Once You Register…
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