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.

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 Employment Type Closing Date and Time Current Status
APS 4 Legislative Research Officer  Ongoing Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 11:30pm  Finalising report
APS 4 Temporary Employment Register - Research Officer Non-ongoing Monday, 21 December 2020, 11:30pm Accepting applications
APS 5 Senior Executive Assistant Ongoing Sunday, 5 July 2020, 11:30pm Finalising report
APS 6 Senior Research Officer  Ongoing and non-ongoing Sunday, 12 July 2020, 11:30pm Interviewing
PEL 1 Principal Research Officer Ongoing and non-ongoing Sunday, 12 July 2020, 11:30pm Interviewing
PEL 1 Assistant Director, Table Office Ongoing Sunday, 19 July 2020, 11:30pm  Finalising report

Parliament of Australia Graduate Program

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

Further Information

Contact the Human Resource Management section, Department of the Senate, telephone (02) 6277 5924 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.