How to apply

Before you apply

Information about the vacant position

Before you apply for a position, find out as much as possible about the position and our department to gain a broad understanding of what is required and whether you are right for the role.

  • Find out about the benefits of working with us and our services.
  • Review the role profile and any additional documents provided in the advertisement.
  • Consider your capabilities to perform the role. These are outlined in the 'Is this the role for you' section of the role profile.
  • Speak to the contact person listed in the role profile if you have any questions.
  • Ensure you possess any mandatory qualifications or professional registrations required for the role (overseas qualifications may also be recognised).
  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Ensure you are eligible to work in Australia, i.e. you are:
    • an Australian citizen, or
    • a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand Citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport, or
    • a non-citizen with a valid visa that provides work rights.

Child Safety Officer recruitment

  • To apply for a Child Safety Officer position, go to our careers website
  • A continuous applicant pool is used to allow for applications to be submitted at any time of the year. If we assess your application to be successful, the Recruitment team will contact you for a telephone interview.
  • If you indicated on your application an interest in working in regional or remote Queensland locations, you will likely be fast-tracked to an interview.
  • If your preference is to work in the more popular locations of Brisbane and South East Queensland, your application may be placed in a qualifying pool for up to 12 months and we will contact you for an interview as soon as a position becomes available.
  • Interviews usually take between 45 to 60 minutes and will be led by a panel of at least 2 people from the child safety service centre in the location you selected on your application.
  • You will find more information about the process on our Child Safety Officers careers website.

Preparing your application

This is your opportunity to tell us who you are, outline your skills and strengths, and tell us about your knowledge and experience relevant to the role you are applying for.

The application requirements are set out in the role profile, and usually includes a cover letter and resume. Make sure you check any instructions for how to apply for the role in the ‘How to apply' section of the role profile.

Read more about how to write a resume and cover letter.

If you are applying for an 'identified position', which are only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, make sure that one of your referees is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who can attest to your background, knowledge, skills and experience as they relate to the cultural capabilities.

Application process — CSO careers