Application process

Awarded Employer of Choice in 2019 and 2021 in the Macleay Valley Business Awards, Kempsey Shire Council is committed to creating a workplace which attracts, retains and rewards motivated, skilled and talented people. 

Council is an equal opportunity employer and uses merit-based selection techniques. Advertised positions are available to applicants who are Australian citizens or residents. Read more about Council conditions of employment.

Position description

Kempsey Shire Council job vacancies include a position description. It's important to read this carefully to understand what the job involves.

The position description sets out:

  • Key responsibilities and accountability: This section outlines the specific tasks, responsibilities and performance criteria for the role.
  • Knowledge, skills and qualifications: This section can help you identify what experience, knowledge and qualifications are most relevant to the role.

Cover letter and resume

When applying for a position, please provide:

  • a cover letter of no more than two to three pages
  • your resume.

Your cover letter should discuss your skills and abilities, underpinning knowledge and relevant work experience.

Prepare your application

Download a Kempsey Shire Council Application Pack(PDF, 4MB)

Skills and abilities

Your skills and abilities can include what you've learned on-the-job and off-the-job. You can include all types of transferable skills in your application.

Underpinning knowledge, including qualifications

Explain your qualifications of any kind that might support your ability to perform the role. You can also include information you learned on-the-job that did not give you a formal qualification. In your application, describe any transferable skills that may not be obvious in your position titles.

Relevant work experience

Include in your application any experience that increases your potential to be able to perform the role. The experience does not have to be industry-specific.


Once the closing date has passed, we review all the applications we've received and make a shortlist of applicants. Our shortlisting process is based on how well your knowledge, skills and abilities meet the criteria listed in the position description. We then hold interviews and assess shortlisted applicants against the knowledge, skills and qualifications outlined in the position description. We fill all roles on merit.

Submit your application

Please submit your application using the Apply button at the bottom of the listed vacancy. If you have any questions about the application process or our merit-based recruitment and selection, please call us on 02 6566 3200 or email