Learn more about applying for the STEM scheme. We have 5 stages in our recruitment process.
Applications are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.
Stage 1 - applying
To apply, you’ll need to complete an online application.
Before you start the application, make sure you have personal details such as:
- phone number
- residential address
You’ll also need to attach the following documents to your application:
- a copy of your STEM qualifications and academic transcripts
- proof of Australian citizenship
Keep in mind, when you apply you can’t upload a resume. You’ll need to input your employment summary details into the system as part of the online application form.
Stage 2 - online gamification
When we get your application we first check your eligibility. If you meet the basic eligibility requirements, we’ll invite you to complete gamification testing.
We’ll send you a link to the online gamification. The testing is a set of mini games that will take about 20 minutes to complete. You’ll get an additional 5 minutes to log in and read the testing information. The games will test your skills and abilities in:
- problem solving
- numerical reasoning
- processing speed
- verbal knowledge
Once you start the testing you need to complete it in 1 sitting. You can, however, take breaks in between each game if you want. You’ll have 2 days to complete the testing from when you get the invitation.
If you have done this test in the last 12 months, you won’t be able to do it again. But you can release your past results to us.
Stage 3 - assessment of applications
We’ll assess your application based on your response to the application questions and online gamification results. We’ll assess you for all roles available in the locations you applied for. We’re looking for examples of, and skills in, 4 key areas.
1. Research and analysis
You should be able to gather and evaluate information from different sources in order to complete a task.
You should be able to convey information, in writing and verbally, to a wide range of different stakeholders.
You should be able to display personal drive and motivation.
4. Initiative and Innovation
You should be able to identify areas for improvement.
The panel will highly regard an interest in or understanding of information and communication technology.
Stage 4 - video interview
If you're successful in Stage 2 and 3 we'll invite you to complete a video interview. This is a one-way interview which takes about 15 minutes.
You’ll be able to practice using the technology before your interview. You can do some system tests to make sure your device is ready to go.
If you’re successful at this stage, we may contact your referees. They’ll need to give comments in support of your skills, abilities and past work performance.
Stage 5 - pre-employment checks
We expect to make verbal offers from July 2018.
Employment with the department is subject to pre-employment checks. If results on any of the checks don’t meet our standards, we may withdraw your verbal offer of employment.
The pre-employment checks may include:
- a satisfactory National Police History Check
- referee and employment history integrity checks
- medical check
You may need to do more ongoing suitability assessments as part of your employment with us. This is to ensure you’re right for the role.
We may create a merit pool of suitable candidates for future jobs with us. A merit pool is where candidates are suitable for a position, but we may not offer a role straight away.
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