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. For further details, visit

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