To apply for a job with the NBA, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen at the time you receive an offer of employment
  • willing to undergo a national criminal history check (if needed)
  • able to gain and maintain a security clearance.

You will need to provide proof of identity and citizenship. You may also undergo other eligibility and pre-employment checks.

If you've accepted redundancy from an Australian Public Service (APS) agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer in the past 12 months, you may have restrictions on your employment. If subject to these restrictions, you can't apply for a job with us until your exclusion period ends.

If you're unsure whether these restrictions apply to you, check with your former employer.

Before you apply

Before you start your application, make sure you review the job vacancy for:

  • full details such as classification, location and salary range
  • eligibility requirements
  • the responsibilities and capabilities you'll need
  • any limitations or guidelines for your application (for example, the number of pages allowed)
  • the contact officer for questions about the position.

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How to apply

Follow this process to apply for a job with us.

1. Understand the job opportunity

Read the job advertisement, job description and any other supporting information.

If you need more information, get in touch with the contact person listed in the job advertisement.

Take note of the job application closing date and time.

View our current vacancies.

2. Prepare your application

The job advertisement will include specific details on how to apply. Follow the instructions.

Address the selection criteria

All our job descriptions require you to write a cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

See our example job description, including selection criteria.

Update your resume

Update your resume to show your relevant skills, capabilities and experience.

Make sure your contact details are correct.

Include our cover sheet

You must fill out an NBA application cover sheet and send it with your application.


You must include the names and contact details of 2 referees in your application cover sheet.

Referee 1 should be your current supervisor.

Referee 2 should be a person who has managed or supervised you in the past.

Don't include written reference letters or referee reports with your application. If we want a written or verbal referee report, we'll ask for it during the assessment process.

3. Submit your application

We prefer to receive job applications via email.

Submit your application to NBA.Recruitment@blood.gov.au.

Your application must arrive before the closing date and time listed on the job advertisement (Canberra time).

We don't usually accept late applications. If you want to submit a late application, please contact NBA.Recruitment@blood.gov.au.

4. Wait for the outcome

We review all applications based on merit and suitability to the selection criteria. We will contact you if we wish to interview you.

When we assess your application, we may:

  • review your application only
  • contact your referees
  • use other assessment tools.

Our assessment time frames can vary depending on the job.

5. Be available for interviews

If you're selected for an interview, we'll try to give you at least 2 days notice of the interview date and time.

We prefer to hold face-to-face interviews in Canberra.

Please let the job contact know if you can't attend in person.

6. Receive the outcome

We usually contact successful applicants by phone. We also let applicants know if they were unsuccessful.

Requesting feedback

If you want feedback on your application after you receive the outcome, please contact NBA.Recruitment@blood.gov.au.

Application checklist

Before you apply for a job, make sure you:

  • follow the application instructions
  • update your resume
  • check your contact details
  • include a cover letter
  • address the selection criteria
  • include our NBA application cover sheet
  • provide contact details for 2 referees
  • ensure your application arrives before the job closing date and time.

Reasonable adjustments

We welcome applications from people with disability and diverse backgrounds.

We can provide reasonable adjustments to help you apply for a job with us.

To assist you, we may provide:

  • additional time to complete assessments
  • an interpreter
  • accessible computer hardware and software.

Get in touch with the job contact person to discuss what options might be available.


Our staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999(Opens in a new tab/window) (Cth).

Read Cracking the code(Opens in a new tab/window) to learn more about working in the APS.

When you start your new role, you will need to complete an onboarding process. We can terminate your employment if you fail to meet our requirements.

Conflict of interest

All NBA employees must complete a conflict of interest declaration.

You must declare any interests that may cause or be perceived to cause a conflict of interest with your work duties.

This could include interests such as:

  • personal financial interests
  • secondary paid or voluntary employment.

National criminal history check

We may require you to undergo a national criminal history check.

You don't need to pay for this check. We manage the checking process as part of onboarding.

Security vetting

All roles at the NBA need a security clearance to access sensitive or classified information. The level of security clearance required will be in the job advertisement.

If you accept a role, we will arrange for the process to get a security clearance at the required level.

The process is managed by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA)(Opens in a new tab/window).

Probation period

As a new employee of the NBA, you may be subject to a probation period. During this time, we'll assess your conduct and performance to ensure they meet our standards.

Get in touch

Email: NBA.Recruitment@blood.gov.au

Last updated: 27 Mar 2024

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