NSW Health recruitment and selection policy

The current NSW Health policy on recruitment and selection of staff to the NSW Health Service sets out the minimum standards for all recruitment processes within the NSW Health Service. (For Ministry of Health and executive recruitment please review their specific applicant guide).

Information on this website provides a summary of key points only.

Merit selection

Employment in the NSW Health Service is based on an assessment of the suitability and relative merit of all applicants for a vacant position.

Selection panels will be formed to ensure the selection process can be properly performed.

Equity and diversity

The NSW Government is committed to equity and diversity within its workforce. The NSW Health recruitment processes reflect this commitment. For further information, see the Public Service Commission’s Equity and Diversity website.

NSW Health has also developed an online recruitment resource to specifically support Aboriginal applicants. For more information regarding Aboriginal applicants support, please visit Stepping Up​.

Right to work

To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have Australian citizenship or permanent residency. New Zealand citizens are considered to have a permanent resident status for the purposes of employment with NSW Health.

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you must have a current visa that allows you to work in Australia. You are only eligible for temporary employment for a period not longer than the duration of your visa. Your residency status and/or working rights will be checked and confirmed prior to any offer of employment.

Verifications and employment checks

All relevant information about your qualifications, experience, registration status, and past conduct and performance will be appropriately and independently verified prior to any offer of employment. A number of employment checks will also be conducted.

Previous redundancy

If you have previously accepted a redundancy from a NSW Government Sector agency, you are required to include information about the redundancy in your application. The information will not disqualify you from being selected for interview or offered the position.

If re-employed in the NSW Government Sector within the period covered by your severance payment, you may be required to refund the proportion of the severance payment applying to the period of re-employment.

Misleading information

Any statement in your application which is found to be deliberately misleading, including falsely claiming qualifications, may lead to dismissal and/or prosecution for any relevant offence.​​​​​​​​​

Page Updated: Thursday 21 February 2019