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FAQ - Employment

What are the requirements to become an ODPP lawyer?

You need to have completed a law degree, obtained your NSW practising certificate and have a genuine interest in criminal law. Applications to advertised positions must be made in writing and address all the selection criteria. Positions are advertised regularly on the NSW Government website, I Work for NSW.

How do I know if my application has been received?

You will receive an auto generated confirmation email from I Work for NSW. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact I Work for NSW directly.

What happens after applications for a position close?

The selection panel usually meets within ten working days of the closing date for applications. The panel assesses all applications against the selection criteria and decides who will be called for interview. This is known as ‘the cull’.

Applications are culled on the basis of:

  • ineligibility to apply
  • not meeting the selection criteria stated in the advertisement.

If there are a large number of applicants, further culling may take place based on:

  • meeting the essential but not desirable qualifications
  • having a substantially lower level of qualifications and experience than other applicants.
What can I expect at the interview?

If you are called for an interview you will be given reasonable notice of your appointed time. Generally, this will be three working days. If you have any special requirements (for example, disabled parking, wheelchair access, sign language interpreter), advise the contact person at that time so appropriate arrangements can be made.

At the interview you can expect to be asked a series of questions. Each applicant will be questioned along the same lines. You will be given the opportunity at the end of questioning to clarify points or to provide further information in support of your application.

Selection panels sometimes combine an interview with a practical exercise or present the applicant with a problem to solve. If the panel intends to take this approach you will be advised of what is required by the person who contacts you about your interview time

Can I negotiate my salary?

The salary range for the position will be stated in the advertisement. All applicants called for interview are given the opportunity to put their case forward in relation to commencing salary. You should come to the interview prepared to do so if you believe that your knowledge, skills and experience warrant your being paid above the minimum rate.

Although the points put forward will be taken into account, the salary offered to the successful applicant will be based on his or her relevant skills and experience in comparison with the remuneration of existing staff performing similar work.

When will I know if I have been successful in my application?

The successful applicant will generally be contacted by phone prior to a written offer being issued. Eligible and unsuccessful applicants should expect to be advised by email within one week of the successful applicant accepting the position.

Unsuccessful applicants can request a post selection discussion with the convenor of the selection committee. This can help them to understand the committee’s decision and to discuss ways to improve their application or interview performance when they next apply.

Who has access to information relating to my application?

The information collected from you and about you is used for recruitment purposes only. The information provided in your application, at interview and by your referees is maintained in the strictest confidence. The selection panel, the approved ODPP Executive and Human Resources staff, access this information.

The information obtained through the recruitment process will not be used for any other purpose without your prior knowledge.

How do I find out more about NSW public service conditions of employment?

The conditions of employment are determined by the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009. Further information is also available in the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.