Information for Applicants


All vacancies are advertised in the local media, Mansfield Courier, and on this website's Current Vacancies page.
Each advertisement lists a contact person, and applicants are encouraged to contact them to clarify questions and get a better understanding of the position.


All applications must contain:

  • a covering letter,
  • the completed Employment Application Form
  • an up to date Resume, and
  • a document addressing the Key Selection Criteria

Cover Letter

A cover letter is an opportunity to introduce yourself and highlight your skills and experience that would contribute to the position you are applying for.  Make sure you clearly identify which position you are applying for.  A cover letter only needs to be one page.


Your resumé should include:

  • current contact details
  • at least two referees you have reported to (and ensure you have advised these referees that you have listed them on your resume)
  • education and training background
  • summary of working history, detailing positions you have held and where
  • length of employment 
  • summary of duties performed
  • skills and experience acquired

Key Selection Criteria

The position description includes Key Selection Criteria which you must address in your application.  The Key Selection Criteria outlines the knowledge, skills and experiences required to successfully fulfil the position.  Make sure you outline your knowledge, skills and experience and relate these to each of the Key Selection Criteria in point form or paragraphs. 

Avoid long drawn out information, keep your responses clear and concise.  Use positive and active language when addressing the key selection criteria and ensure you double check for spelling and grammar.

Submitting Applications

All information must be received by Council prior to the advertised closing date.  No late applications will be accepted.  Please do not bind applications or place them in folders as this makes it difficult for photocopying and filing and are invariably removed for ease of handling.

Applications may be posted to the address below, emailed to

All Applications are to be addressed:

     Private & Confidential
     “Application – Position Title” 
     People and Culture Advisor
     Mansfield Shire Council
     Private Bag 1000
     Mansfield   Vic   3724


Receipt of all applications are acknowledged in writing (via email) within seven days of the closing date.


It is important that you address the Selection Criteria listed in the Position Description when applying for any position as applicants will be shortlisted based on how well the application demonstrates that all the selection criteria and pre-requisites are met. Those shortlisted will be contacted by telephone and an interview date, time and venue organised.

Applicants that are not shortlisted will be notified in writing (via email) at this stage.


The interview panel will comprise of a minimum of three people.  Questions in the interview will assess your capability against the selection criteria and seek clarification of information provided in your application.  Certain positions may require a typing test. You will be advised of this requirement when you are contacted about the details of the interview.  Referee checks will be conducted at the conclusion of the interview process.

After the interviews and referee checks are completed, the Panel will review all information from each applicant and assess which one has best demonstrated that they meet all of the selection criteria and pre-requisites for the position.

The preferred applicant will then be offered the position verbally and forwarded an information pack containing a letter of offer and other associated documentation required as part of our employment conditions; a Medical Assessment, Police Record Check and the acceptance of Council’s Employee Code of Conduct.

Medical Checks are conducted by Medical Practitioners and are required for all positions.  This process assesses only your capacity to perform the routine tasks and functions of the position without injury to yourself or others. (It does not provide information on general health or health issues unrelated to the position.)  This examination is carried out to ensure that you are not placed at risk of injury.

Unsuccessful Applicants

Those who were unsuccessful after an interview will be notified in writing (via email).

Commencement of Employment

Subject to all the abovementioned documentation being received by the preferred applicant and the conditions of employment are complete, a commencement date will be agreed upon and the induction process will begin.

Further Information

Should you require further information regarding the recruitment process please contact Council’s People and Culture Advisor on 5775 8555.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 May, 2021 - 17:02