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Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service

Merit - the basis of recruitment

The NSW Public Service recruits employees based on merit. This means that from a field of applicants the assessment panel selects the person best suited to the requirements of the role and the needs of the public service agency in which the person is to be employed.

To do this the assessment panel compares all candidates’ skills, experience and abilities against the capabilities, knowledge and experience standards set for the role. The assessment panel uses different assessment methods, such as written applications, capability-based assessments, interviews and referee checks, to collect the evidence required to make a merit-based decision.

The NSW Public Sector Capability Framework provides a common foundation forcreating and recruiting to roles, which can be supplemented by occupation or profession-specificcapability sets where applicable.