How to join the team

The City of Adelaide has a wide variety of roles that can often be very popular. It’s important then to make your application stand out. Here are some tips that may help you. Good luck!

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and people living with disability to apply.

We also recognise that young people who have completed The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award can demonstrate initiative and skills such as teamwork and communication. We welcome applications from them.


You’ll find a lot of important information about the position within the job advertisement. The job application will also contain a detailed position description and a contact person in case you have any specific questions.

We also recommend you take time to learn about the vision of the City of Adelaide and the great work being done by the council. You’ll find City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan, the organisation structure, and more information about the relevant department all on this website.

How to lodge an application

Applications for current vacancies are lodged online via the current opportunities page. Simply click on the “Apply now” button next to the position you are interested in.

If it's the first time you’re applying for a position with the City of Adelaide, you’ll need to create a profile as part of the application. Your profile contains your personal details, education and previous employment details, so please allow extra time for this. Once this is done, future applications (should you need them!) will be much quicker to lodge.

All correspondence regarding your application, including progress updates, are sent via email, so make sure you include your preferred email address.

If you have any questions or require assistance with our recruitment process, please email or call our People Services team on (08) 8203 7333.

What to include in your application

As part of your online application you’ll be asked to attach the following:

  • a 1 to 2 page cover letter stating your interest for the position, and a bit about you. Provide examples of how your experiences match the requirements within the position description
  • a current resume, showing your relevant experience and the qualities you can bring to the position
  • relevant supporting documentation such as your right to work in Australia, and any qualifications that are listed in the job ad.

The recruitment process – what to expect

Once you have applied for a position, you’ll automatically receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application, so you know that it has been successfully submitted.

The recruitment process may vary for some roles, but typically applications are reviewed to find the top applicants according to their ability to meet the selection criteria.

If selected, you’ll be invited to an interview where a panel will access your skills, qualifications, experience, abilities and the qualities relevant to the position you have applied for.

The recruitment process could involve:

  • phone or skype interviews
  • video submissions
  • competency and psychometric assessments.

    Accessible parking is available in the city if you are invited to an interview in person.

    The City of Adelaide will also do referee checks, and may require a national police check and Department of Human Services screenings and a pre-employment medical check.

    Note: National Police Check dispute resolution: if an applicant believes there is an issue with the National Police Check obtained on their behalf by the City of Adelaide, please contact the People Services team on 8203 7333, who will provide further details on how to proceed.

    We aim to update applicants as quickly as possible as we appreciate the time you have invested in your application, and that you are keen to come work with us.

    Work experience/work placement

    At the City of Adelaide, we recognise that an important part of student’s development is work experience/work placement. Where possible, through industry placement, we aim to enable students to gain valuable insights into their chosen field of study while experiencing the dynamic area of Local Government.

    Undertaken on a voluntary basis, work experience/work placement opportunities are to be completed over a minimum of five days (maximum 100) and are unpaid.

    If you’d like to apply for work experience/work placement, simply register your interest via the button below. Remember to include any/ all supporting documents and/or study requirements. Submissions must be received at least six (6) weeks prior to your requested dates, to allow sufficient time for your request to be considered and coordinated.

    Please note: These programs are currently suspended, please check this page regularly for any updates.

    Need more information?

    Should you have any questions or wish to speak with our People Services Team, please contact us at:

    8203 7333