Department of the Senate


The Department of the Senate provides the Senate, its committees, the President of the Senate and senators with a broad range of advisory and support services related to the exercise of the legislative power of the Commonwealth. The work of the Department of the Senate is determined almost entirely by the Senate and its committees.

The Department of the Senate is committed to the principles of workplace equity and diversity and selection for vacancies is made on merit.

Selection for employment opportunities would normally be based on applications, referee reports, skills tests and interviews.

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Employment Opportunities

The Department of the Senate uses an online recruitment system to manage employment opportunities and vacancies. Interested applicants should visit the Department of the Senate Recruitment Portal to submit an application at:

Current Recruitment Processes

Classification Position Title Ongoing/Non-ongoing Closing Date Current Status
SES Band 1 Usher of the Black Rod Ongoing  22 April 2014 Accepting applications
PEL 1 Principal Research Officer Ongoing/Non-ongoing 4 May 2014 Accepting applications
APS 6 Senior Research Officer Ongoing/Non-ongoing 13 March 2014 Finalising report
APS 4 Inquiries Officer Ongoing/Non-ongoing 10 March 2014 Finalising report
APS 4 Executive Assistant to the Clerk Assistant (Procedure) Ongoing 29 April 2014 Accepting applications
APS 3 Administrative Officer Ongoing/Non-ongoing 25 February 2014 Finalising report
APS 3 Assistant Journals and Notice Paper Officer Ongoing/Non-ongoing 24 January 2014 Finalising report

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Parliament of Australia Graduate Program

The Department of the Senate offers three month placements to graduates who have been accepted into existing Australian Government department and agency graduate programs.

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Further Information

Contact the Human Resource Management section, Department of the Senate, telephone (02) 6277 3475 or email us. Additional information about the Department of the Senate, including the Enterprise Agreement (containing rates of pay and conditions of service), is available in our departmental pages.

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