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Employment Information Package

Thank you for your inquiry about the recently advertised vacancy. This document has been prepared to assist you in applying for vacant positions in the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). Please read the following information before submitting an application.

Application Package

· The advertisement

· The job description

· The selection criteria

Merit Principle

The AAO applies the merit principle in appointments and promotions. The merit principle requires that selections are based on the abilities, qualifications, experience, personal qualities and the standard of work performance of the applicants. Potential for future development is also considered.

The Merit Principle precludes discrimination, patronage and favouritism in the process and aims to ensure that the selection is based on fair and open competition and is in accordance with EEO principles.

Statement Against Selection Criteria

When preparing your application, please ensure you address the specified selection criteria by making a “Statement Against the Selection Criteria”.  All vacant positions within the AAO are filled on MERIT and specified selection criteria. When writing your application it is therefore essential that you address the selection criteria thoroughly. The recommended method of ensuring that all areas are covered is to list each of the selection criteria as headings and for each of them explain the relevance of your abilities, experience, qualifications, standard of work performance and personal qualities. Addressing the selection criteria is the most important part of your application, as the information provided will be used as the basis for shortlisting applicants for interview.

Lodging Your Application

It is required that you lodge your application electroncially. You need to follow the instructions at http://innovationjobs.nga.net.au. (Follow the link to Australian Astronomical Observatory jobs.)

Please note that all applicants must apply through our on-line recruitment system, eRecruit.  All prospective candidates should be directed to our Career Centre which in turn takes the candidate to our positions vacant which are published on eRecruit.  The candidate is then required to apply for the position on line.  Only applications received through the on-line system will be accepted.

The Selection Interview

Interviews in the AAO are typically conducted by a small group of people known as the selection panel.

Progress of Your Application

After the closing date the Selection Committee will assess all applications and shortlist based on evidence presented against the selection criteria.  Please be aware that this can sometimes take a few weeks, depending on other commitments.

Further Information About the Australian Astronomical Observatory

For further information about the Australian Astronomical Observatory, please refer to our webpage www.aao.gov.au

How to find the Australian Astronomical Observatory - North Ryde Office

The street address of our North Ryde office is 105 Delhi Road, North Ryde. There is information available on traveling the the AAO on our Getting to the Sydney Office webpage.