Frequently Asked Questions

We’re so excited that you’re considering joining our team – and we understand you might have some questions.

We’re here to help!

We want you to feel confident and prepared during the application and interview process. So, have a read of some of our frequently asked questions to help you apply for a role at Cardinia Shire Council.

We strive to review applications promptly. Our goal is to keep the process efficient while ensuring a thorough evaluation.

Typically, you can expect to receive a response within two weeks after the application deadline. However, unforeseen delays may occasionally occur. All applicants will receive an acknowledgment email upon receipt of their application and will be notified of the outcome, regardless of the result.

When applying, we require both a resume and a cover letter. The cover letter provides you with an opportunity to briefly showcase your skills, achievements and express your interest in the position.

However, if a specific job ad indicates that only a resume is required, please upload your resume only.

Generally, responding to a separate set of selection criteria is unnecessary unless specified in the job ad. We encourage a cover letter that showcases your achievements and skills aligned with our current needs.
If you are unable to apply online, there are alternative submission methods available:
  • In-Person Submission: Drop off your resume and cover letter at our customer service desk located at 20 Siding Avenue, Officer. Our dedicated team will ensure your details are passed on to our People and Culture team.
  • Email Submission: Send an email to our People and Culture team at with both your resume and cover letter attached. Our team will ensure these details are entered into our recruitment system for review by the Hiring Manager

We understand the importance of flexibility in the application process and are committed to accommodating various submission preferences.

If your details change after submitting your application, please contact our People and Culture team at They will assist you in updating your information accordingly.
While we work on incorporating a “Register Your Interest” section on our website for future opportunities, we encourage you to regularly visit our careers website to stay informed about our current job openings. Your interest in working with us is valuable, and we look forward to providing a register your interest solution in the future.

If you are successfully shortlisted, our People and Culture team or the Hiring Manager will contact you to guide you through the next steps. This could involve an in-person interview or preparing responses to video questions, depending on the specific requirements of the recruitment process.

We aim to keep you informed and engaged throughout the selection process.

Diversity and inclusion are core values for us. Our hiring process is designed to be fair and inclusive; we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants.
Yes, for all our positions, a pre-employment medical is mandatory. The nature of the assessment may vary depending on the physical requirements of the role. Office-based positions will involve completing an online medical questionnaire. Our preferred service provider conducts all pre-employment medical assessments.
To work with us, you must possess Australian working rights.
Yes, all roles necessitate a recent police check, with checks conducted within the last 3 months being acceptable.
Certain roles may require a WWCC, and you will be informed during the pre-employment process if it is necessary. It is important to note that the WWCC should be employer-based and not volunteer-based.

Yes. Please contact or Ph: 1300 787 624 with any queries relating to this

Cardinia Shire Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse, and socially inclusive work environment and a positive, barrier-free recruitment process. We encourage and promote diversity within our workforce, and welcome applicants from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people living with a disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

As an organisation, we host and support a range of staff and community events that promote diversity and inclusiveness. We also offer facilities that support inclusivity, including a reflection room and parents’ room. We’re a child safe organisation, and have zero tolerance for child abuse, gender inequality, racism, ageism or family violence.

You can reach out to our recruitment team at any time and they’ll be happy to help arrange any accommodations that will make your application process with us run as smoothly as possible.

Here, you’ll make a real impact in the lives of almost 130,000 Cardinia Shire residents. Whether you’re working out in the field or supporting those who do, you’ll feel proud to be part of a team that cares for each other as much as they do for our community. You’ll also be supported with inclusive benefits to help you thrive, as well as our fantastic flexibility policies, because as important as work is, we know it’s not the most important thing.
Don’t just take our word for it, though! Hear from our people about why they enjoy working with us and
read their stories here.

Cardinia Shire is located on Melbourne’s south-east fringe, about 55 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. It’s a great place to raise families away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still very convenient to travel to and from, being around an hour’s drive away or 35 minutes on public transport. While we’re very proud of how family-friendly our Shire feels, it’s also a great place to grow an exceptional career, supported by Cardinia Shire Council’s fantastic benefits and flexible work policies.
Cardinia Shire is bounded by Yarra Ranges Shire in the north, Baw Baw Shire in the east, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires and Western Port Bay in the south, and the City of Casey in the west.

Cardinia Shire’s name is derived from the Kulin word ‘Kar-din-yarr’, meaning ‘look to the rising sun’ or ‘sunrise’. Our logo, which includes a motif of the rising sun, reflects this meaning.
Cardinia Shire Council acknowledges the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the lands of Cardinia Shire. We pay our respects to elders past and present, recognising their role in continuing traditions, knowledge, language and culture for over 65,000 years.
We continually work to strengthen relationships and progress reconciliation through the delivery of actions developed in partnership with our Traditional Owners and First Nations community. You can also view our Reconciliation Action Plan here.

Looking to make meaningful contributions to your community?

Find a rewarding career at Cardinia Shire Council.