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Non-Ongoing Employment

The Australian Bureau of Statistics engages non-ongoing employees to fill short and medium-term vacancies. These positions are office based and may be filled at the APS 1-6 level or Executive 1 and 2 levels. Below is a snapshot of the skills & experience identified in areas across the ABS:
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    The Statistical work areas collect and analyse data that are used to inform research, discussion and decision making within governments and the community. In undertaking this work you will require excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. Areas such as our Despatch & Collection or Provider Contact Units will require you to quickly build working relationships with business and household areas whether it be conducting phone interviews or despatching/collecting forms. Being able to investigate improvements in work methods and bring together key strategic initiatives of the ABS are capabilities that are essential for working in other Statistical areas.

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    To assist the ABS to achieve its mission and to help shape the future of the ABS, we require employees with skills in Finance, Management, Administration and Human Resources. Operations areas engage with other ABS business areas to support and grow the organisation ensuring there are systems and processes in place to support its employees, manage its resources, meet its commitments and plan at a corporate level. To work in this area you will enjoy striving for excellence with your strong interpersonal skills and proven client focus. You will have strong communication skills, be flexible, adaptable and innovative. You will be mindful of relevant legislation and be capable of working with key stakeholders to understand their information needs.

    Show details for Information & Communication TechnologyInformation & Communication Technology

The Terms and Conditions of Employment for non-ongoing employees are covered by the ABS Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014. To find out more see our Why work at the ABS page.

How to Apply

The ABS maintains a Non-ongoing (Temporary) Employment Register where you can register your interest in obtaining non-ongoing employment.

Applications for the Register are lodged through eRecruitment. The electronic application process consists of three simple stages:

1. Registration
2. Drafting your application
3. Review

The system will guide you through each of these stages. When submitting your application, please be sure that you respond to all the mandatory questions and upload a copy of your resume. To apply to the Register, click here.

You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been received.

If at any time your personal details change or you wish to withdraw your application please update your details by logging into your account on eRecruitment.

You may also wish to read about the various levels within the Australian Public Service (APS) on the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) website at Understanding APS jobs


To be eligible for non-ongoing employment, there are a number of requirements that you must meet.

    Australian Citizenship - To be eligible for employment with the ABS, you must be an Australian citizen.

    Redundancy Benefits - If you have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or from the Australian Parliamentary Service, you are not normally considered for re-employment prior to the expiry of the redundancy benefit period. However a redundancy benefit recipient may be engaged as a non-ongoing (non-SES employee) for a period of less than six months subject to Australian Statistician approval. To confirm your eligibility please refer to this link for additional information on redundancy benefits.

    Pre-employment Check - The ABS must verify you are of good health and character through a Health & Character Clearance. This involves:

    Completing an online Medical Self-assessment and National Police Check and
    Confirming the details given in your employment application (including employment history, employment references, educational qualifications, and professional memberships).

If the ABS receives unsatisfactory reports or delays on any of the above eligibility checks, you may be assessed as unsuitable for employment. If you have been offered a position, the offer may be withdrawn.

Important Information

The ABS Non-ongoing (Temporary) Employment Register is readvertised every four months. Your application will remain current during these four months. At the end of each four month period you will need to reapply to the new register if you still wish to be considered for employment opportunities. The current register, including the closing date, is listed under Current Vacancies on the Careers page.

This Register is intended for non-ongoing opportunities only and applicants should have no expectations in gaining ongoing employment. Applicants should also be aware this is a register only and that you will only be contacted regarding your application if a vacancy arises that matches your experience/skills.

For any further queries, please contact the National Recruitment Unit.

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