SES Band 2 information for applicants

Hi colleagues

We may be approaching the  labour market soon for an SES Band 2. It’s not something we have done for a while, and we want to make sure that our approach to market is contemporary. Would you be willing to share your applicant documentation / advertising material for Band 2 positions with us please, so that we can learn from it? Ideally I’d love to receive this by the end of next week.

Thanks in anticipation

Sue Pedder, Director People Services, Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Affirmative Measures survey APSC

The Australia Public Service Commission (APSC) are leading an Affirmative Measures Indigenous recruitment project.  The aim of the project is to support agencies to contribute to representation targets in line with the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2020-24  while also improving agency and candidate experience of Affirmative Measures recruitment.

The multi-agency project team, led by the APSC, are conducting a survey to capture feedback on the key issues surrounding affirmative measure recruitment and want to hear your experiences of affirmative measure Indigenous processes as a HR Practitioner, hiring manager, candidate, panel member and/or other related role.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the following link. The survey is open until 6 May 2022.

If you have any questions about the survey, please reach out to the Affirmative Measures Indigenous Recruitment Project Team at

Induction Programs

Hi everyone,

I’d like to hear from agencies re their induction programs and whether they are able to share.

Please contact me at

Many thanks,

Aimee Kerin

Assistant Director People | People | Corporate Branch

National Recovery and Resilience Agency

compensation of l&d costs following graduate resignations

Hi everyone,

I would like to hear from any federal departments who have a clause in their Letters of Offer in their Graduate programs regarding compensation for L&D costs if the Graduate leaves the department/APS before a certain amount of time (e.g. if a Graduate resigns from the APS the week after graduating from the program they have to reimburse the department for $x). I believe they do in State government departments..

Please contact me at if you can share your departmental policies regarding compensation for learning & development costs reimbursed by Graduates if they leave the department/APS before a certain amount of time.

Kind regards,



A/g Employment Pathways Manager | People Strategy
People Services Branch, Chief Operating Officer Division
e p: (02) 6191 8235

Request for selection RECRUITMENT TEMPLATES

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is looking to update some of our recruitment templates including:

  • Selection report template
  • Position descriptions
  • Referee reports
  • Letters of offer

We would also like to know if other agencies still use scribes for their formal selection processes or if you have moved away from using scribes.

If any agencies are willing to share their templates, it would be very much appreciated. If you’re willing to share, please send them to

Kind regards

Josie Le

HR Manager – Recruitment, Policy, and Industrial Relations

People and Facilities Unit, Business and Communications Group

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


graduate recruitment

AOFM is reviewing its graduate program and would like to hear from small agencies on:

  1. How many grads do you take?
  2. What approach do you take to graduate rotations?

Thanks in advance.


Senior Advisor | People

Australian Office of Financial Management

T  +61 2 6263 1177

Referee reports

The ACMA are considering updating the requirements for referee checks for candidates that are placed in an Order of Merit or Merit Pool, and would like to hear from other agencies about their referee check process. Does your agency request referee checks for all suitable candidates or only the preferred candidates?

Please feel free to leave a comment or direct your email to

Thanks in advance.

Shannon Blakeney

Assistant Manager

People Strategy


Australian Communications and Media Authority
02 6219 5413 | 0434 926 714

induction programs

I am hoping to understand what other small Agencies offer in terms of Inductions Programs.

Do you have a session with new starters and if so what do you cover? And how often do you run the sessions?

Appreciate responses to or 02 6223 0727.


Gail Keogh
Manager HR Business Partners, People and Capability
Corporate Services Division

e-recruit systems – national blood authority & Safe Work australia

National Blood Authority and Safe Work Australia are investigating the procurement of an e-recruit system and would like to hear from agencies who are working on, or have recently adopted, one.

Please contact Anjali Sharma at

and Amy Roknic at

Alternatively leave your details in the comments and they can contact you.


job sharing guidance/policy

The Australian Sports Commission have had a request for a job-sharing arrangement but have not had to implement or support this before.

We are keen to hear from agencies able to share their guidance/policy or have a conversation on the subject.

Please contact Tara McGowan at 02 6214 1141