Employment Conditions


The salary or salary range of  a vacancy in which you may be interested will be shown in the advertisement notifying the vacancy. The Department's Enterprise Agreement set out the salary range for each classification in DPS.  New staff to the department are generally engaged at the minimum salary point in the relevant salary range.

Conditions of Service

Employees of DPS are employed under the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 and Department of Parliamentary Services Enterprise Agreement 2017.

Terms and conditions of employment

All new employees to the department are required, as a condition of their employment, to satisfy security, citizenship and health requirements as well as certain other matters.

Security clearance

Certain tasks that are undertaken in the department require security clearance. The security requirements for each job are noted on the duty statement.

Police record check

All new employees to DPS are required to complete a form that will be sent to the Australian Federal Police for a police record check.


Section 22 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 requires that employees of the Parliamentary Service are generally required to be Australian citizens. However, if you are not an Australian citizen you may be considered for engagement on the condition that you are able to gain Australian Citizenship within a specified time. Failure to obtain citizenship within the timeframe could lead to termination of engagement.

Recipients of a voluntary redundancy

Former members of the Australian Public Service, Australian Parliamentary Service or a non-APS Commonwealth employer who have accepted a voluntary redundancy/severance benefit are generally ineligible to be engaged during the 'redundancy benefit period'.

Mobility between the Australian Public Service and the Parliamentary Service

Section 22(2)(a) and 26 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 provides for mobility between the APS and Australian Public Service.  Details of the mobility provisions are also set out in Division 4 of the Parliamentary Service Determination 2013.  The arrangements for the engagement of ongoing APS employees for ongoing Parliamentary Service employment are effectively the same as for moves within each service. Employees moving to the Parliamentary Service for non-ongoing vacancies must obtain leave without pay for the period involved.