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Administrative Careers in the Department of Emergency Services
How we select people for jobs
Applying for entry level Administration Positions
Where to find Department of Emergency Services Job Vacancies
Information for Job Applicants
Conditions of employment
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

Administrative Careers in the Department of Emergency Services

Careers in the Queensland Public Service can be very rewarding. When you work for a Department like Emergency Services (DES) you are part of an organisation that is involved every day in saving lives, protecting property and preserving the natural environment. Administrative employees perform an important role in supporting our firefighters, ambulance officers and disaster operations staff, by providing a range of business and support services including:

Human Resource Services
Finance and Asset Services
Information Services
Business and Administration Support

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How we select people for jobs

The Department's recruitment and appointment procedures are guided by the Public Service Act 1996 and Regulations and the principles contained in the Recruitment and Selection Directive (issued by the Department of Industrial Relations).

The Department is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Appointment to permanent and long term temporary positions is made only on the basis of merit and fair consideration is given to all applicants. The successful applicant will have the highest level of merit overall. Merit is measured by how well an applicant meets the qualifications and selection criteria for the position.

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DES employs a number of trainees each year. Traineeships involve a combination of paid temporary employment and structured training over a 12 month or 18 month period. Traineeships can be arranged in office administration or information technology. A traineeship provides a nationally recognised qualification and practical job skills.

Information on how to apply for Queensland Government traineeships is available on the Queensland Government Smart Jobs website at www.jobs.qld.gov.au

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Applying for entry level Administration Positions

Like most other Government Departments, DES normally seeks applicants for temporary or permanent entry level positions from specific employment agencies that have service agreements with the Queensland Government. Applicants can register with these employment agencies and specifically request that they be considered for public service positions. For information about how to contact these employment agencies, telephone the Department's Human Resource Services on (07) 3109 7222.

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Where to find Department of Emergency Services Job Vacancies

DES advertises a number of vacancies on a weekly basis. DES advertises in the following ways:

In the Queensland Government Gazette, published every Friday. All vacancies across government are advertised in this gazette.
On the Queensland Government jobs website. This is called "Jobs on Line". You can either browse on particular departments or search for specific types of jobs. New positions are placed weekly and are usually advertised for a period of three weeks.
In newspapers, including The Courier Mail and The Koori Mail. Advertisements appear in the Queensland Government section of The Courier Mail each Saturday. The Koori Mail is published each fortnight, on a Wednesday.

Note: The Department does not keep lists of names, addresses and work histories of people wishing to be advised and considered when a vacancy occurs.

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Information for Job Applicants

For information about how to apply for a public service position, including preparation of job applications and attending interviews, click here.

Job Applications should be sent to the address indicated on the position description.

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All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of the selection process.

Public service appointments are published in the Queensland Government Gazette.

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Conditions of Employment

Public Service Officers employed by the Department have access to the following employment conditions:

four weeks recreation leave per year with 17.5% salary leave loading (recreation leave is five weeks per year in some parts of the State);
sick leave accrues at the rate of 10 working days on full pay for each year of service;
long service leave accrues at 1.3 weeks on full pay for each year of service (this leave can only be taken after 10 years of continuous service);
standard hours are 36.25 per week;
flexible working hours;
salary packaging options;
a generous superannuation scheme.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

The Department is actively committed to increasing the number of indigenous employees in its workforce and has developed an indigenous employment strategy to achieve this goal. As part of this commitment, the Public Service Divisions of the Department are:

advertising vacancies in indigenous media such as the Koori Mail;
providing traineeships for indigenous people;
providing work experience opportunities to indigenous people;
assisting with applications and interviews;
supporting indigenous employees at work;
consulting with indigenous people within the Department and in local communities;
recognising the need to grant leave to indigenous employees for cultural reasons.

Applications are welcomed from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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