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About the Victorian State Government

The Victorian Government is the largest employer in the State of Victoria, and comprises more than 250 organisations.  Government in Victoria comprises the:

•    Governor , Parliament of Victoria and Ministers,

•    Judiciary

•    Victorian Public Service (VPS)

•    Public Authorities

Most non-executive employees are covered under a centrally negotiated VPS Agreement 2004, which provides the employment framework and core employment conditions. Executives are employed under contracts. Similar employment terms and conditions apply in public authorities, but these may vary from agency to agency.  Awards, contracts or agency enterprise bargains specify the employment arrangements, and tend to model core VPS provisions.  The core legislation governing employment in the VPS at the time of publishing is the VPS Agreement 2006  (available for viewing at 

Eligibility Requirements

People who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents will not generally be employed as ongoing (permanent) employees.  Special circumstances do exist, for example people with specialist skills that are in demand, and those who have already applied for citizenship and will most likely be citizens by the time of employment if successful.  Documentary evidence of your right to work will be required by your employer as part of the appointment process. Further details about citizenship are available from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (www.immi,

Ex public servants who have received a redundancy package or who have been dismissed may face limitations on their re-employment

How to Apply

You will need to submit a brief covering letter, your resume, and your claims for the position (claims against selection criteria).  Most organisations have their own application forms, and require the application form, resume and claims to be formatted as one document.  The composition and format of the “criteria” differs widely for each organisation, so be sure to request an information pack, and check the recruitment section at the organisation’s website for additional information on how to apply.

More Help With Your Job Application:

How to make sure your selection criteria are pitched at the right level

Questions you should ask before applying for a government job