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Working at Orange City Council

 135 Byng St, Orange
 02 6393 8000
 [email protected]

Orange City Council provides excellent career opportunities across a large range of professions and trades. We offer diverse employment options which could include a position for you that suits your interests, lifestyle and career goals. With an ever-growing population, Council has an important job to do. Why not be part of it?


Orange is a progressive regional city boasting a relaxed, idyllic lifestyle with superior educational & health services. Only three & a half hours from Sydney, Orange is a cultural city, blending historic buildings and streetscapes with cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, theatres and galleries. Orange also offers beautiful seasons, and some of the best food and wine in Australia. With an ever-growing population, Council has an important job to do. Why not be part of it?

Orange City Council provides excellent career opportunities across a large range of professions and trades. We offer diverse employment options which could include a position for you that suits your interests, lifestyle and career goals.  Orange City Council is also committed to providing a safe workplace and proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. Aboriginal persons are always encouraged to apply for any of our advertised positions.

Conditions of employment

All employees of the Orange City Council are employed under the Local Government (State) Award which defines conditions of employment such as: rates of pay, leave entitlements, hours of work, training and development, and grievance and dispute procedures.

Employees of Council are also covered by other legislation, including but not limited to:

  • Work Health & Safety – to ensure that Council is a safe and happy place of work.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity – a basic principle in our overall operations requiring all our appointments to be strictly based on merit.
  • Child Protection – some roles within Council are covered by the Commission for Children & Young People Act 1998. All employees who work in positions identified as being child related employment must undergo a ‘Working with Children Check’ prior to commencing employment.

Benefits of working with us

As an employee of the Orange City Council you will also enjoy the following variety of benefits (subject to Council policy):

  • Nine day fortnight (for full time staff)
  • Four weeks annual leave per annum
  • 15 days sick/carer’s leave per annum
  • Long service leave (after five years continuous service)
  • Paid Parental and Supporting Parent Leave (after 12 months of continuous service)
  • Council’s Staff Education Assistance
  • Program to support further education

  • Annual recognition of achievements through the Staff Excellence Awards program and Staff Service Awards
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Active social club
  • Access to a free and confidential Employee Assistance Program
  • Access to a staff well-being program
  • Working with skilled and experienced colleagues who also become friends


To apply for a position with the Orange City Council, you will need to go to our website ; this will require the following;

  • Complete / answer a series of questions to address each of the selection criteria
  • You resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

Your application is your opportunity to impress the selection panel so make sure your

  • is neatly presented and spell-checked
  • is prepared so that it relates specifically
    to the position you are applying for
  • includes your current and correct
    contact details
  • is lodged by the closing date, which
    appears at the bottom of each

Addressing questions

  • Those questions are scored by the
    recruitment panel, therefore you want
    to provide detailed responses that sell
    your skills, experience and motivation
    for the role.
  • Try to address the questions as
    concisely as possible – don’t pad out
    your answer with irrelevant
  • We recommend that your responses
    should be not more than 500 words.
  • Always use workplace examples to
    demonstrate your knowledge, skills,
    qualities, abilities and experience.

Once you submit your application, you will receive an automatic email that acknowledges
the receipt of your application.


  • A Selection Panel will review your application which generally consists of three people – the Manager of the area, the supervisor of the position advertised or another member from the same team, and an independent person from another Department or from Human Resources.
  • Your suitability will then be compared against the other applicants’ and a short list
  • If you are successful in being shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the
    Selection Panel and invited in for an interview.
  • If your application has been unsuccessful in making the short list you will receive an
    email advising of this outcome.
  • The shortlisting process usually takes up to two weeks from the closing date of the
    position, however, if there is a larger than expected number of applicants, this process
    may take longer.


  • You will be asked a set of predetermined job-related questions to determine how well you meet the selection criteria.
  • If the Selection Committee intends to utilise a selection technique other than a straight-forward interview, you will be advised of this when contact is made to arrange the interview.
  • You should bring your resume, qualifications, birth certificate or passport, and current Driver’s Licence with you to the interview.

Post interview

  • The Selection Committee will contact at least two work related referees for each of the preferred applicants.
  • The preferred applicant/s will be asked to attend a pre-employment medical examination, conducted by an external party. This medical examination is conducted at Council’s expense and is designed to assess your physical and functional capacity to perform the position you have applied for.
  • Depending on the position you have applied for you may be required to undergo the following checks:
    • Working With Children Clearance Check
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Qualification Verification Check
  • If you are unsuccessful after attending an interview you will be notified as soon as the preferred applicant/s has formally accepted the position/s.

Offer of employment

  • Once all pre-employment checks are completed, the successful applicant/s will be verbally offered the position and any negotiable conditions of employment (eg hours/days of work, commencement date, start and finish times, who to report to on day one, etc) discussed.
  • The successful applicant/s will then be provided with a written letter of offer of

Privacy statement

As part of the recruitment process, Orange City Council will be collecting information about you. This information is private information for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act. This information will be included in the recruitment file, and accessed by Council Records Staff and members of the Recruitment Selection Panel. Applicants may request their information be returned to them at the conclusion of the
recruitment process.