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REF17/159 Trainee Public Health Officer, Clerk Grade 7/8, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence

NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 28/09/2017

Job Category:

Science & Technology / Environmental

Job description:

Trainee Public Health Officer

NSW Ministry of Health

  • Location: North Sydney (moving to St Leonards in 2019)
  • Classification & Grade: Clerk Grade 7/8
  • Salary Range: $92,470 - $102,359 pa
  • Vacancy Type: Temporary full-time (up to 3 years)
  • Vacancy Reference: REF17/159
  • Closing Date: 30 October 2017


Role Purpose


Trainees gain advanced level experience in all aspects of public health policy and practice through supervised work placements in a range of locations within the NSW health system. Traineeships commence in February 2018. More information on the NSW Public Health Training Program is available at


Applicants must hold a masters or doctoral degree in public health or a public health field, and have a minimum of three years of full-time equivalent health related employment. Evidence of your qualification and right to work in Australia must be included in your application.


This role is classified as Risk Category A under the NSW Health Policy Directive Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases (PD 2011_005). Successful applicants are required to provide evidence of protection against the infectious diseases specified in the policy directive and comply with the requirements of the policy directive at their own cost prior to appointment.


You are not required to address selection criteria. Applicants are to submit a short statement (1-2 pages) in response to the targeted questions visible on JobsNSW only (to provide evidence of experience against required role capabilities).

Your resume (also known as curriculum vitae or CV) is a snapshot summarising your qualifications, experience, skills and qualities. A resume needs to be clear, concise and neatly organised with content relevant to the role you are applying for, no more than 4-5 pages.

Please review Applying for a Role in the NSW Public Service for more guidance.


The Ministry of Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a disability. 


Job Notes:

  • All applications must be submitted on line via to be considered.
  • Your application must include your response to the targeted questions (visible on JobsNSW only), an up to date resume/CV, a full academic transcript for your relevant qualification(s) and evidence of your right to work in Australia for the duration of the traineeship (e.g. evidence of Australian citizenship, permanent residency, or visa with work rights).
  • Relevant screening checks will be conducted as well as Prior Service checks for internal applicants.
  • You are advised not to delete any "Relevant Files" that you upload in the jobs.nsw application system until you know the outcome of your application, including your Resume/CV and/or Cover Letter. Doing so will result in the selection committee being unable to access your application.
  • You need to demonstrate your proficiency in the capabilities described in the Role Description. These will be assessed through the recruitment process to determine your suitability for appointment. NSW Public Sector Capability Framework
  • The assessment process may include additional online capability testing / work samples in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act.


For an information package please click here.

Role Inquiries: Contact the Population Health Training team on (02) 9391 9942 or email


Targeted Questions:

  1. Describe how your past work experience has provided you with an understanding of the complexities involved in developing or implementing robust public health solutions within the context of the Australian health care system.
  2. Provide an example of how you have actively applied your public health knowledge, skills and experience to develop a significant project, report, policy, or other piece of work. Please include the background and the steps you undertook to ensure it was successfully implemented.
  3. Provide an example of a challenging stakeholder relationship that you have managed, which required consultation/negotiation/influence to achieve an outcome. Please include the background, reasoning and outcome.