Your recruitment journey

What you need to know before you start an application

Submitting an application to join the Department of Communities and Justice is simple! 

Visit our job search page and find a job that interests you. From there, read through the advert and the role description thoroughly as most of our jobs have specific essential requirements that you must meet. If you think you are a fit for the role, click on apply to complete the application form. 

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Some roles require you to be at least eighteen (18) years old. Check the advert and role description of the role to find out more.
  • You must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a visa that allows you work in Australia in an ongoing role. Temporary and casual roles may be suitable for time limited working visas.
  • Some roles require you to hold a valid and current driver's license or formal tertiary qualifications. Check the advert and role description of the role to find out more.

Need an adjustment to your recruitment process?

At DCJ, we are committed to providing adjustments for our recruitment candidates with disability to remove barriers and provide equal access to job opportunities, and career development and learning opportunities.

These adjustments include accessibility adjustments in all of our recruitment stages to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, capability and experience. We also provide workplace adjustments after winning a role to ensure everyone can achieve their full potential. Learn more about recruitment adjustments.

Requesting adjustments: applying for a job and working for NSW Government

Video transcript

If you are applying for a position within the New South Wales Government congratulations, we look forward to discussing the role with you and learning more about you.

As the New South Wales Government sector is the largest employer in Australia, we are dedicated to leading the way in hiring people with disability, including mental health conditions, and in making sure they are successful in their career. We understand that applicants may be uncomfortable sharing that they have a disability or mental health condition, because they feel it may lessen their chance of being recruited. That's why we are taking this opportunity to make you feel more comfortable about providing this information or asking for any adjustments you think are necessary to conduct an interview or work assessment, and to perform the job well.

You see through the years the New South Wales Government has come to realize that in order to reach our goal of providing the very best service to the people of New South Wales, it's critical that our workforce is as diverse as the communities we serve, this means if you feel comfortable sharing your disability or needs during recruitment we can equip you properly so you can perform your best. If you get the job adjustments are also offered to help you do the job well, be happy in the role and achieve success within the organisation.

You can find out more about recruitment at the I work for New South Wales website:

Assessment and interview

DCJ undertakes a range of capability-based assessments including interviews, group activities, computer-based exercises, assessment centres, written or presentation-based assessments and various others. Each assessment process differs to ensure that we are assessing the capabilities required for the role being recruited to. 

It’s important to understand how the NSW Capability Framework fits into our selection processes, and that the focus capabilities outline the key accountabilities of a role. When preparing your application or for assessment activities, consider these focus capabilities, and in particular the behavioural indicators linked to each focus capability, which can also be found in the role description.

Capability application tool

Access the tool and example interview questions 

Pre-employment checks

Pre-employment checks are a critical part of our recruitment process and can include reference checks, working with children checks, criminal history checks, medical assessments, and various other checks to ensure your suitability for the role. 

Applying online

When submitting your first application, complete our short registration form and be the first to receive notifications about new job opportunities. 

Some of our roles will have pre-screening questions added to the application form, or targeted questions outlined on the advertisement with a requirement to prepare a formal response as part of your application. 

Offer of employment

If your application has been successful, you will receive a phone call with a verbal offer of employment. You will also be issued with a formal letter of offer outlining the terms of your employment (including your commencement date and salary). 

Talent Pool

If you have successfully passed our assessment process and made it into a DCJ talent pool, your application and assessments are valid for a period of 18 months.  You will receive written notification that you have met the capabilities of the role, however, not offered a role at this time. When you are successfully placed in a talent pool, you may be contacted for other roles which become available within that 18-month period across the NSW Public Service. 


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16 Sep 2022

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.

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