Tips for applicants

Thank you for your interest in a career with IP Australia. We prefer to receive all applications through our online recruitment system.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is completed by the closing date and time specified in the advertisement. You can also view our current vacancies online.  

Your online application may be accessed by you and employees within IP Australia who manage recruitment for the Agency. Enquiries about any of IP Australia's job opportunities should be directed to the contact officer shown in the advertisement.

It is important to read the Job Documentation carefully and, prior to starting your application, preview the Application Form to confirm the requirements for submitting an application.

What you need to know

During the application process, you may be asked to attach your Resume, academic transcripts and referee comments to the application form. Please ensure that your Resume is current, providing details of your work experience and qualifications, ensuring there are no unexplained gaps in your work history. It is advisable that you have your attachments available prior to commencing your online application.

Your email address is our primary method of contact with you. Ensure that this is correct, current, reliable and accessible. Some web based email systems can become 'full' quite quickly. Make sure you understand any limitations that may apply to your email account.

To be eligible for ongoing employment, applicants must be Australian Citizens. However, in exceptional circumstances applicants who have permanent residency status may be offered probationary employment pending the granting of citizenship. Only direct applications from individuals will be accepted.

Hearing impaired applicants may utilise the National Relay Service on 133677 (TTY) or 1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) to speak with the contact officer for the position.

Preparing your application

In most instances you will be required to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria/key skills/capabilities.  This will be the most important part of your application, as the information provided will be used to shortlist applicants for interview/further assessment. The following points will assist you with this statement.

  • Use the selection criterion/key skills/capabilities as your headings.
  • Provide an outline of your experience/abilities/skills in respect of each.
  • It is not sufficient to make 'claims' - you need to demonstrate clearly that you satisfy the skills/capabilities to the level required. Use examples of achievements which can be verified by a referee. Only include relevant information, outlining your achievements against that particular criterion.
  • Be concise.

Please note, IP Australia adapt the selection process to suit the role being recruited to. On some occasions you will not be required to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria/key skills/capabilities.  It is therefore important for you to preview the application form to ensure you are aware of what the requirements are for the role you are applying for. This may also change from one selection process to another.


You will be asked to nominate two referees and their contact numbers in your application. Ideally one of the referees will be your current supervisor.

The Selection Advisory Committee is aware that it's not always possible for applicants in the private sector or outside the employ of the government to submit a referee report. If this is your situation, make sure you submit any documentation that supports your claims, which could help us to short list.

Note that we contact referees before we make offers.

If you are required to provide a written reference please use the referee report pro-forma.


Last Updated: 25/7/2014

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