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How to apply

Please read Essential information for applicants before submitting your application to ensure you understand Charles Darwin University's particular requirements for applications.

How to submit an application online

  1. Navigate to the jobs page to find vacant positions
  2. Select the relevant vacancy category: General Staff, Senior Executive, Internal, Employment Register Research Active or Teaching Focused Academic
  3. Select the position title you wish to apply for
  4. Click the 'Position Profile' link to review or download the position information
  5. Click the 'Apply Now' button
  6. Complete the online application form

Use the 'Browse' button to locate and attach the following documents:

  • cover letter
  • resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • statement addressing the selection criteria
  • additional documents you wish to include

Once completed click the “Submit your Application Now” button to submit your application.

Application process for Charles Darwin University Employees

If you are currently employed in a fixed-term or continuing position at CDU, you can save time by applying through Staff Online.

  1. Log onto Staff Online and click on the menu item 'Current Vacancies'
  2. Select the position title of the vacancy you wish to apply for.
  3. When you click 'Apply Now' your personal details will automatically upload onto the application form.

Follow the same process outlined in the "How to submit your application online" instruction at the top of the page.

Submitting an expression of interest for temporary or casual employment opportunities

The Employment Register is a means whereby applicants can submit an EOI for consideration for temporary or casual employment opportunities at the University.

As there are no position profiles available for the employment register there is no need to submit a statement addressing selection criteria. You only need to attach an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to the completed online form.

  1. Select the Employment Register Vacancies button
  2. Select the Employment Register position title
  3. Click the 'Apply Now' button
  4. Complete the online registration form

You will be required to provide details of your qualifications, relevant attributes and skill-set, areas of specific experience  and availability for work. Follow the process outlined in How to submit your application online.

Unable to submit your application online?

If you are unable to submit your application online you can hand deliver or post a hard copy of your cover letter, resume /CV and statement addressing the selection criteria. Please don't include any original copies of supporting documentation.


Office of People and Capability
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909


Office of People and Capability
Orange Precinct, Building 12, Level 2
Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Casuarina NT

The application process

Review the position profile

Before lodging your application, you will need to read the position profile. A copy of the position profile will be available as an attachment to the vacancy and will provide you with an insight into the requirements and competencies of the position.


Where a position is advertised as “internal only” only current CDU staff many apply. International applicants are required to have a right to work in Australia or qualify for temporary work visa.

Address selection criteria

To enable the selection committee to assess your suitability for a position, you are required to address the selection criteria specified in the position profile.

You should address each selection criterion individually and cite evidence, using examples, to support your claims, rather than just presenting a list of facts. Please be aware that if you do not address the selection criteria, you may not be considered for the position.


Following the meeting of the selection committee, arrangements will be made to interview short-listed applicants that have demonstrated the necessary competencies and qualifications to meet the requirements of the role.


Interviews may be conducted by the selection committee face-to-face, by phone or via Webex / Skype. The interview process will include an introduction, a set of behavioural questions, possible activity / presentation and an opportunity for you to share additional information and ask relevant questions.

Verbal reference

If identified as the recommended candidate you will be requested to provide details of your referees. Please be sure to let your referees know to expect to be contacted so they can ensure they are available.

Salary negotiation

Upon receipt of suitable reference reports the Chair of the selection committee will engage in salary negotiations and starting date.

Offer of employment

An actual offer of employment is only valid when issued by the Director, Office of People and Capability.

If successful you will be sent an electronic offer of appointment, specifying the terms and conditions of your employment. You are advised not to resign from your current employment until this formal offer has been received and accepted. All applicants will be notified by email at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

Staff criminal history checks

If your position with the University requires that you obtain a Criminal History Check (CHC) and / or Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card) it is your responsibility for initiating the CHC by submitting an application to SAFE NT before your first day at work.

Proof of submission of the application form must be provided to the Office of People and Capability in the form of the receipt for payment which states the date of lodgement. You can apply for your CHC at SAFE NT.


Unfortunately it is not possible to provide feedback on all applications, however, unsuccessful interviewed applicants may request feedback from the Chair of the selection committee.