Current vacancies

Current vacancies

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Status of current selection exercises

The following selection exercises are currently under way in DFAT. The status of these will be updated regularly as each selection exercise progresses.

  • Shortlisting: The selection committee is assessing applications and contacting referees to determine which candidates will proceed through to the interview stage.*
  • Interviewing: The selection committee is interviewing shortlisted candidates (either in person or by phone).*
  • Finalising report: The selection committee is finalising its recommendations to the delegate, once approved offers of employment will be made.

* Due to the volume of applications received for vacancies, a selection committee may choose to complete the shortlisting and interviewing stages concurrently. Applicants should not assume that they have not been shortlisted for an interview if the status shows 'shortlisting/interviewing'. Formal email notification will be sent advising a candidate if they have been unsuccessful in progressing to the interview stage.

Updated on 31 October 2014

SES Band 3 Deputy Secretary (Ref 609)

Senior Executive

Open to ongoing APS employees only

  • Location: Canberra
  • Closing date: 3 November at 2pm AEDT
  • Status: Receiving applications

APS6 Payroll Team Leader (Specialist) (Ref 605 )

Open to ongoing APS employees only

  • Location: Canberra
  • Closing date: 31 October at 2pm AEDT
  • Status: Applications closed

EL1 Payroll Quality Assurance Manager (Specialist) (Ref 604)

Open to ongoing APS employees only

  • Location: Canberra
  • Closing date: 31 October at 2pm AEDST
  • Status: Applications closed

Principal Sector Specialist for Health (Ref 602)

SES Band 1 (non-ongoing/ongoing) Professional Specialist

  • Location: Canberra
  • Closing date: 15 September at 5.00 pm AEST
  • Status: Shortlisting/interviewing

Medical Officers Class 3 & Class 4 (Ref 598 & 599)

  • Location: Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Rangoon, Vientiane, Dili, Port Moresby
  • Closing date: 14 August 2014 at 2.00 pm AEST
  • Status: Report finalised

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How to apply

We advertise all recruitment processes on our vacancies page as well as on the APSjobs website. Vacancies may also occasionally be advertised on other online sites or in the press. DFAT jobs are open to all Australian citizens.
You can receive e-mailed notification of our vacancies by selecting 'Department of Foreign Affairs' in the 'Email Me Jobs' link on the APSjobs website.

All applications must be submitted online in response to a listed advertisement. All the information required to complete a job application including selection criteria, duty statements and application guidelines, will be available on our vacancies page with the job listing.

All queries relating to job applications should be directed to our HR services provider, Clarius, via email at, or by phone on (02) 6260 7533.

All our selection processes are governed by the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999. Candidates are assessed individually against the relevant selection criteria, as well as comparatively against other candidates for the position. The selection committee (usually three members) will determine applicants' comparative merit for the position based on their application, performance at interview and comments from referees.