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A step-by-step guide through the ODPP's application & recruitment process.
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Starting your Career at the ODPP

The ODPP recruits to fill specific vacancies & also to create talent pools for future opportunities. The Office follows a merit-based employment process, with recruitment for some roles taking a number of weeks. Human Resources will keep you updated on the progress of your application.

The typical recruitment process follows the below steps.

1. Applying for the Position

Once you have found the job you want to apply for, submit your online application through the I Work for NSW website.

You will be required to:

  • complete all personal detail fields
  • upload your CV
  • upload your Cover Letter ensuring you have answered any targeted questions outlined in the job advertisement. 

You will receive an auto-generated email from I Work for NSW advising that your application has been submitted. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact I Work for NSW directly.

2. Application Review

After the closing date your application will be reviewed and assessed against the selection criteria by the Panel. This is known as ‘the cull’. Applicants who meet the essential requirements and demonstrate that they have the knowledge, experience and capabilities for the role will be shortlisted to progress to the Interview and Assessment step. 

3. Interview and Assessment Process

This process will require you to complete three capability based assessments. One will be a behavioural interview with the Panel and the other two may include written, practical or oral assessments. The purpose of these assessments is for you to demonstrate your ability to meet the key capabilities of the role. This part of the process may be held face to face or virtually. You will be advised at the time of invitation.

At the end of the interview & assessment process you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, clarify any information or provide further information in support of your application.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to support you during this process please advise the contact person at the time of invitation so appropriate arrangements can be made.  Examples of this could include support around accessibility, visual aids, hearing loops or physical assistance.

4. Reference Checking

Reference checks will be completed on those candidates deemed potentially suitable for the role. A minimum of two of your nominated referees will be contacted & asked questions in support of your application.

5. Offers and Talent Pools

The outcome of the recruitment action will lead to all suitable candidates being placed on a talent pool that remains in force for a period of 18 months from the date of approval. Once a suitable vacancy becomes available, candidates on the Talent Pool will be contacted. 

All candidates will be advised by email whether they have been placed on the Talent Pool and given the opportunity to request feedback.

6. Pre-employment Screening

If you are successful in securing a position with the Office, you will be required to satisfactorily complete the applicable pre-employment screening checks prior to commencement. These checks could include:

  • criminal history check (all employees)
  • working with children check (Witness Assistance Service roles)
  • services check (current NSW public sector employees). 

Should there be any issues with the outcome of a check, the Office will contact you.