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101 of the Most Common Government Selection Criteria
The Ultimate Government Application Guide

No matter what kind of position you are applying for. No matter what level it is at.

These selection criteria examples have been selected from thousands of criteria written by recruitment experts, professional writers, marketing experts and people who have won real jobs.

All of the examples in 'Selection Criteria Exposed' have been reviewed by government selection panels and judged as being the benchmark for what high performing selection criteria should look like.

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Has this happened to you?

You find a job you are interested in, get all excited, look at the selection documentation and know you could do the job, already have a resume that you could send in, start writing the selection criteria ... and get stuck.

So many people begin like that.  They find the dream job, imagine themselves in the position, know they could do it, get excited about the promotion and higher salary package, have a resume already to go, get ready to write their selection criteria but can't start because they don't know how to go about it or don't finish because it all gets too hard. Maybe you cut and paste from an old application in the hopes that you can get it to fit into these new selection criteria. Maybe you talk to a friend and get some suggestions, or take a look at one of their old applications.  What ends up happening is that you waste so much time looking for the magic answer to your selection criteria woes, that you don't get anything written.

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Selection criteria examples

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government job application:

  1. Because government departments use this ebook to train their own staff
  2. Because selection criteria writers use it to write selection criteria for their clients
  3. Because it has been reviewed by a government selection panel who knows what makes the best selection criteria
  4. Because thousands of applicants have used it and been successful in securing a government job.
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The Selection Criteria That Are Covered:


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Ability to perform a range of routine administration functions
Ability to perform a range of complex administration functions
Ability to develop localised procedures and to adapt systems and processes as required
Proven ability to provide executive secretarial support
General administrative skills including photocopying, filing, electronic records management, responding to emails, typing correspondence, and other duties as required
General administrative skills including photocopying, filing, electronic records management, and other duties as required


Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills  example one
Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills  example two 
Solid analytical skills and attention to detail  
Ability to effectively interpret, organise & use numerical data


Shapes strategic thinking  example one
Shapes strategic thinking  example two
Achieves results
Supports and cultivates productive working relationships 
Displays personal drive and integrity
Communicates with influence


Experience in change management
Ability to support Divisional change management initiatives


Excellent verbal and written skills and sound interpersonal skills example one
Excellent verbal and written skills and sound interpersonal skills  example two
Good communication and interpersonal skills with client focus
Demonstrated ability to prepare complex written information
Demonstrated ability to prepare complex reports, policy papers and briefings
Demonstrated experience in managing media, advertising, the Internet, printing, merchandise and creative contractors and consultants
Experience researching, writing, editing, and producing quality information products in plain language (such as media releases, publications, editorial and web copy)
Experience assisting the development, management and implementation of communications advice, strategies and plans
Demonstrated experience in preparing high level correspondence and briefings
Demonstrated proficiency to communicate in an educational context to a wide range of audiences


Competent word processing and database skills and the ability to broaden computing experience with other packages, including the ability to review and verify data
Demonstrated computer literacy skills, including the ability to use spreadsheets, databases and word processing applications  example one
Demonstrated computer literacy skills, including the ability to use spreadsheets, databases and word processing applications  example two
Demonstrated experience in relevant computer applications, including financial software


Experience in the management of contracts


Knowledge of corporate governance in the public service setting


A strong customer focus together with demonstrated customer service skills
Ability to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction in an environment with high work volume, strict deadlines and competing client priorities
Experience working in a call centre environment and good demonstrated customer service skills over the phone   


The proven ability to make complex decisions


Experience in engineering that would allow the incumbent to perform the duties of the role
Demonstrated ability to scope and undertake engineering design tasks
Demonstrated ability to document engineering design tasks
Demonstrated ability to plan, lead and control engineering projects


An understanding of and commitment to the APS Values, and Department of X Values  example one
An understanding of and commitment to the APS Values, and Department of X Values  example two
An understanding of and commitment to the principles of Equity and Diversity
An understanding of and commitment to the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct
Knowledge of and commitment to workplace diversity, Occupational Health and Safety, and consultative work practices  
Knowledge and understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Knowledge and understanding of Ethical Practice
Knowledge and understanding of Ethnic Affairs Priorities Statement (EAPS)


Ability to process basic financial transactions
Knowledge of financial business practices and processes
Demonstrated experience in the delivery of accounting services to meet customer requirements


Demonstrated experience across the range of human resource disciplines
Demonstrated knowledge of government recruitment practices and the ability to provide recruitment services   


Ability to provide IT support to users in a help desk environment


Demonstrated experience in consulting with senior managers and staff at all levels of an organisation example one
Demonstrated experience in consulting with senior managers and staff at all levels of an organisation  example two
Proven experience in initiating and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
The ability to work within a team and in collaboration with other professionals and organisations
Ability to work in a joint service/civilian environment including the understanding of service terminology and writing


Experience in the management of inventory including stocktaking


Legal experience that would allow the incumbent to perform the duties of the role   


The ability to interpret and apply legislation, guidelines, instructions, policy and procedures
Knowledge of Australian Electoral Legislation and the electoral system
Sound understanding of the Department of X Certified Agreement and associated policies and procedures or the ability to quickly acquire


Record of achievement in managing a small organisation or division of a larger organisation and demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically in multi-disciplinary environments
Demonstrated leadership capacity
Well-developed management skills and experience, including people and resource management skills


Demonstrated understanding of the obligations of a nurse
The demonstrated ability to provide patient-focused care
The ability to manage the workloads of yourself and others in a health care setting


Knowledge and understanding of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Demonstrated commitment to managing and controlling occupational health and safety risks
Knowledge of the practical application of Occupational Health and safety measures in the workplace


High level of organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work to meet strict deadlines
Good organisational skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality
Demonstrated organisation and time management skills and the ability to work independently when required


The demonstrated ability to use initiative and be proactive
The demonstrated ability to be flexible, to use initiative, and a sound work ethic
Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise judgement and discretion


Experience developing policy and providing advice on policy issues


Ability to analyse and develop solutions to problems


Knowledge and understanding of Government procurement policies and contemporary procurement practices


Experience working in a project management environment, managing multiple initiatives
Project management experience
The ability to produce project schedules and plans  


Experience managing risk in a project management environment
An understanding of risk management principles and practices


Previous experience (including volunteer &/or work experience placements) in the fields of social work, child development or child protection   


The ability to influence management and stakeholders to achieve required outcomes


Ability to effectively supervise staff and to contribute to staff development
The ability to plan workloads, organise resources, control progress and lead others
Supervision skills, including the ability to effectively lead a small team


Record of successful teaching experience and curriculum implementation
Demonstrated ability to develop training, assessment and delivery plans to suit individuals, groups or workplaces  
The ability to deliver learning and development programs


Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based environment
Ability to work as an individual and/or in teams


Willingness to work in a stressful environment, with proven techniques and the ability to manage stress levels


The demonstrated ability to work autonomously as an individual, with limited supervision

That's over 100 examples!

Success Stories

Now I know exactly what I should be writing without staring at a blank computer screen and hoping for success through trial and error.
Jamie, 2013

I wish I had bought this ebook 12 months earlier because I discovered that I was writing my selection criteria wrong for a whole year. I can't believe I wasted all that time and couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting an interview.
Carmen, 2013

Some of the sentences in your book are genius. I hope you don't mind me saying that I cut and paste them straight into my application!
Lily, 2013

Thank you for sending out the selection criteria examples straight away. Even though your website says I can download them instantly, I thought I would be waiting at least a day to have them emailed to me. I actually had them open on my computer within a few minutes which is great because my appliation is due on Monday.
Oliver, 2012

Selection Criteria Exposed was the best investment I made all year. I used your examples to help with my own application and got a promotion! I'm so happy, thanks.
Andrew 2011

I have found Selection Criteria Exposed incredibly helpful when writing my own statements addressing selection criteria.  I wasn't sure what I was supposed to write, but now I know and I am much more confident with my applications.
Jordi, 2010

I just wanted to let you know that I got an interview for my 'dream job' after using Selection Criteria Exposed to help me with my selection criteria.  I am sure it's what got me over the line, because there is no way I would have written an application like that on my own! I am about to buy Get That Job to help with my interview preparation.
Alexander H, 2009

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All 101 selection criteria as Microsoft Word documents

Edit your selection criteria easily, take out the bits that aren't relevant to you and add your own skills and experience to them.

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3 free selection criteria government resume and cover letter MSWord templates

Just fill in the blanks in these cover letter and resume templates. Plus, selection criteria templates that contain selection criteria examples plus step by step guidance for writing your own selection criteria responses.

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Before we go any further, you should know that when you buy "Selection Criteria Exposed: 101 Examples of Selection Criteria" you're not only getting 101 examples, and the resume and cover letter book as a bonus, and resume templates, but you'll also get our monthly newsletter packed with more advice and tips on all areas of your government job application and government career.I don't just want to help you with your application here and now, I want to make sure your career keeps developing and growing!


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