How to become a Public Servant - State Government

State government public servants are government employees who work in any of the departments of a state or territory government.

Personal requirements of a Public Servant - State Government

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Discreet when dealing with confidential information
  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Responsible attitude
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Methodical approach to work
  • Australian citizenship, permanent residency or an appropriate work visa

Education & Training for a Public Servant - State Government

To become a state public servant you usually have to complete Year 10 or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, depending on the entry position. Your employment prospects may be improved if you have qualifications or basic skills in computing, data entry and administration. Training is also given on the job. The principle of merit in recruitment and promotion means that the person whose skills, knowledge and experience best match the job requirements will be selected. In addition, each position in state government has specific requirements, and job applicants need to demonstrate that they meet these requirements by responding to set selection criteria. Graduate entry into state government requires completion of a degree from a recognised tertiary institution. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Public Servant - State Government

The State Public Service offers a broad range of administrative, clerical, technical and professional careers in areas such as public policy, planning, welfare, education, natural resources management, water supply, construction, legal services, law and order, health, and tourism and recreation.

Working conditions for a Public Servant - State Government

The main fields of employment are administrative and clerical, and professional and paraprofessional. These occupations exist across all departments and agencies, and include positions from entry level to senior management.

Employment Opportunities for a Public Servant - State Government

Competition for graduate positions remains strong. Promotions and transfers within the public sector may be available, although advancement depends on an officer's ambitions, qualifications, skills and abilities. Middle-level positions require ability or experience in more complex processing, investigation or supervision. More senior positions involve policy formulation, leadership and management skills.

Employment by state:

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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