Careers at Council
Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) is a sustainable organisation delivering modern and quality essential services to around 35,000 residents.
It is an exciting time to be living and working on the Western Downs, with a strong, diverse economy creating exciting opportunities for our growing regional area.
The Western Downs is also emerging as a prime tourist destination with a variety of unique experiences, vibrant major events, and stunning natural landscapes to captivate visitors of all ages and interests.
Our region is made up of people from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating the people are unique and dedicated to making a real difference in the community.
Here at Western Downs Regional Council - It's The People That Make It! We act as one, committed to empowering productive teams with our people enjoying high levels of personal job satisfaction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Western Downs Regional Council is an equal opportunity employer and applies merit-based selection techniques. The following information will help you to understand our selection process and how to prepare and submit your online application.
How do I apply?
To apply for a position, complete the following steps:
Step 1: Submit your application online (including Resume, Cover Letter, relevant qualifications/tickets and responses to the selection criteria questions).
Step 2: You will receive an email acknowledgement that your application has been received.
Step 3: Once the position has closed, the panel will short-list applicants based on merit and suitability for the role with the selection criteria.
Step 4: If you are successful in gaining an interview, you will be contacted by phone and sent an email confirmation of your interview details.
Step 5: Pre-employment screening - Reference checks will be completed with referees provided in your application. The panel will contact you to obtain your consent if any additional referees are required. Other checks as required including: Pre-employment medical, national history police check, working with children check, entitlement to work and qualification check.
Step 6: The position is offered to the preferred applicant.
Step 7: Formal offer sent online via on-boarding program which includes information about working at Council.
The recruitment process can take up to eight weeks to be finalised from advertising until a formal offer is made to the successful applicant.
What do I include in my application?
For your online application you will be asked to provide your contact details, referee contact details, a cover letter, resume, copies of relevant qualifications/tickets etc. and responses to the key selection criteria questions.
Cover letter should include: why you are applying for the position, what you will bring to the role, a brief overview of your skills/experience and how you can apply these skills/experience to the role. If you do not currently live in the Western Downs region, you can detail your intent to relocate if you were successful.
Resume: Your resume should include your work history, dates of employment and experience/qualifications relevant to the position.
Where do I find out more about the position?
To find out more about the position, please review the Position Description that is attached to each vacancy. The position description contains a contact name and number for you to call if you have any questions that are not covered in the advertisement or position description.
Can I submit a late application?
It is recommended that you apply for vacancies as soon as possible. If you request to submit a late application, it is subject to the approval of the chairperson on the panel.
I need help with my application
There are a number of places you can go to for assistance with your job application:
Contact Council’s Recruitment section on 1300 268 624
Visit one of our local Libraries or Cultural Centres to utilise computer and internet facilities
Visit an employment agency
What if I am unsuccessful?
If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified by email to your nominated email address.