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Government Jobs in the ACT

Finding a government job in the ACT is relatively simple. Because most government departments base their head offices in Canberra the number of government jobs proportionally to private sector jobs and the general population, is the highest in Australia. If you are serious about only wanting a public service career, the ACT is the place to live!

When it comes to looking for a government job, you have two options. You can look for a job in the ACT's public service (similar to a state government public service), or you can look for a job with the Commonwealth government. There isn't really a local government in the ACT like there is in other states and these services are generally managed by the ACT government. In terms of opportunity, there are more Commonwealth government jobs available, but less people apply for the Territory's positions.

The best advice? Look for jobs in both levels of government and apply for both.

Finding a Vacancy

All levels of government are required to advertise all permanent opportunities. This is done through their own websites, with some positions, usually the harder to fill ones, also advertised in traditional media (newspapers, websites).  If you are only looking in the papers and on career websites like Seek or MyCareer, you are probably missing the best jobs!  Below are the links straight to the government websites (which used to be called Gazettes).

Look for a government job in the ACT Government

Look for a job in the Commonwealth Government

More Information

If you want more information about employment conditions and terms of service, the primary piece of legislation government employment in the ACT is the Public SectorManagement Act 1994.  All ACT legislation can be found at www.legislation.act.gov.au.

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