How to apply

All of our open positions are published on the QUT jobs website. The job profile for each role will have more specific information about the format to submit your application in.

In assessing merit, the panel will take into consideration “performance or achievement relative to opportunity”. We recognise that many applicants today have a range of personal circumstances and career histories that challenge traditional ideas of a staff member. This may mean, for example, prioritising the quality of achievement rather than the quantity, as considerations of part-time employment, career interruptions and significant periods of leave are taken into account when assessing performance or achievement.

Some guidance about how to prepare your submission can be found below. If there are no roles available that suit your skills and experience, we encourage you to register for Job Alerts.

If you require assistance with alternative methods of applying, contact Human Resources on +61 7 3138 5000 or

Preparing your application

Recruitment at QUT is designed to be merit-based and equitable. Not sure what to include in your application? We break it down for you here.

How to prepare your CV/resume

Your resume is not just your employment history. It’s your opportunity to showcase your achievements and successes as well as personal development.

Here are some suggestions for making a great first impression:

  • Pay attention to use of correct grammar, punctuation and spelling to demonstrate your communication skills and attention to detail
  • When listing your employment experiences, don’t forget to detail your achievements. Also, be specific – for example instead of saying you are a “seasoned marketer”, mention the campaigns you worked on or how much revenue you generated.
  • Use a career summary to highlight the accomplishments that you’re most proud of. Similarly, you can start with career objective if you want to provide context for a career change compared to your past employment history.
  • Present your employment history with your most recent experience first.
  • Layout and presentation are vital. Use consistent formatting, sections and graphs where applicable, but don’t go overboard, unless you’re applying for a creative or graphic design role, and you’re looking to show your skills.
  • Having your name in the header on each page can be helpful for the reader. And don’t forget to include your contact details! Email and phone number are essential.

Key Selection Criteria/Statement of Claims

Key Selection Criteria

Selection criteria are a summary of the knowledge, skills and abilities a person requires to be successful in a role.

Applicants who best meet the selection criteria will be considered for an interview.

To show the selection panel what you can bring to a role, you are encouraged to provide examples that you demonstrate how your skills and abilities meet the complexity and demands of the situation. Make sure you address each criterion individually.

Statement of Claims

Some vacancies may ask you to provide a two-page document outlining your suitability for the role.

A statement of claims gives you the opportunity to provide a succinct summary of how you meet the skills and capabilities required of the position. You don't need to address each criterion individually.

It is important you provide examples of how your skills and experience are relevant to the selection criteria and relate to the key responsibilities of the position.

Am I required to address the selection criteria?

If the position you’re applying for requires applicants to address key selection criteria and/or position description, you will see a note on that in the advertisement.

The recruitment process

1. We like your application

We review your applications for suitability against the position’s criteria. If your skills and experience match what we’re looking for, the hiring manager will contact you by phone or email to organise next steps in the recruitment process

2. Interviews start

If you are shortlisted for an interview, the hiring manager (or a member of the selection panel) will reach out to organise an interview time. Interview times are as flexible as possible, and if you are unable to visit the site for an interview, QUT has many online interview options to ensure all candidates have a fair and equitable opportunity to interview.

3. Other selection measures

These may include:

  • referee reports
  • work tests
  • presentations
  • psychometric tests.

All selection methods will be related to experience, skills and capabilities required of selection criteria.

4. We speak to your referees

We’ll be in touch to let you know that you’re our preferred candidate for the role. QUT requires two referee reports including, when possible, one from your most recent direct supervisor. But don’t worry, we’ll be in touch before we contact your referees to make sure you have an opportunity to give them a heads up that we’ll be reaching out.

5. You get the job

Once the referee reports are conducted and recorded, we’ll officially let you know you’re going to be offered the job.

6. The paperwork

You’ll then receive a letter of offer, including starting date, salary, conditions of employment and declarations.

You’ll need to view the letter of offer, and respond to the declarations, and then accept.

Visa requirements

If you do not have working rights and your supervisor has confirmed QUT will sponsor you for a working visa, Human Resources will be in touch to confirm your details, and provide you the information you require to lodge your visa application.

Statutory and international considerations

QUT has a global reach and a vibrant international community. A variety of Australian and international laws require the university to exercise diligence when recruiting staff who are not Australian Citizens. These laws include Sanctions, Foreign Influence, and Foreign Interference. To meet our obligations, we may ask you to provide information about your nationality, background and any international connections as part of the recruitment process.

7. A QUT welcome

Once you’re processed in the system, you’ll receive a notification from our IT system including your QUT login information, and all the info you’ll need as a new staff member.

Once you’ve received all of the above, your supervisor will be in touch to advise where to go on day one and what to bring.