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Selection Criteria

When applying for a role in the Government sector, the selection criteria is the most important tool to securing an interview.  A resume alone or a simple cover letter is not satisfactory for any Government application process.  


Career Origin specialises in developing selection criteria with a 95% success rate to interview.  In order to maintain this success rate we must ensure the application is written to a particularly high standard, utilising the required formula, which will ensure the best possible chance for interview.  


Career Origin applies the 'STAR' formula, in all Government and Government funded agency applications.  To date Career Origin has developed claims for hundreds of different Government agency positions.  Check out ‘our expertise to see the full range of selection criteria we have written.  


Having written thousands of applications for diverse positions, from junior roles right through to senior and specialist positions at all levels of Government (local, state and federal), Career Origin can assist in ensuring a competitive edge. Unfortunately, there are many who claim to be able to write responses to selection criteria however, they simply write well, but fail to adequately address the criterion in accordance with Government standards, ultimately reducing or at times eliminating your selection for interview. 



What is the purpose of selection criteria?

The selection criteria (claim for the position) is a process utilised by Government agencies to determine your match to the advertised role. The selection criteria will consist of a series of criterions (questions) which require specific answers using a particular formula. Correctly addressing the selection criteria is a critical component of the job application process when applying for a role in Government (otherwise known as the Public Sector). Working for the Government offers great career opportunities and security, however, this process is in place to ensure appropriate analysis and fairness is applied to all candidates.  Depending on the advertised role, a Government agency can receive hundreds, if not thousands of applicants.  This process helps the panel to break applicants down into two categories: those unsuitable for interview and those who are suitable for interview.  Many candidates miss out on interview simple because they have addressed the selection criteria incorrectly or not at all! 


What timeframes do you require in order to prepare an application on my behalf?

Writing a response for a Government selection criteria is entirely different to developing a resume or writing a cover letter.  Due to the complexity and competitiveness of the application process, it is essential that each and every selection criterion is addressed on its own merit.  To achieve this, we prefer to have at least one weeks notice, prior to the closing date (although we can take on urgent applications which are assessed on a case-by-case basis).   Contact our office to book our services


What can I expect when Career Origin develops my application?

Once we commence the development of the application and depending on your availability, we will consult with you in order to gather the required information.  Our aim is to piece together the puzzle, always ensuring we are keeping in-line with the specific criterion and any restrictions such as word or character limits.  We encourage you to proofread your application and ensure you are satisfied with the responses.  In other words, ensuring the language accurately reflects your style and that you are confident you can elaborate on the facts and figures, if prompted at interview.  We can also manage the electronic submission of your application upon request *fees apply.  We treat all applications as projects, therefore, it is critical that you are involved that project.  Imagine someone writing a story about your life, but they do not ask you questions.  It would be impossible to accurately complete without your input.  This is essential in ensuring your application is individually crafted.



How do you work out the cost?

There are many variables which impact the way we price Government selection criteria i.e.; the time we will invest on your application, the number of criterions to be addressed, your availability, the closing date, the knowledge and expertise we will apply to your application (in other words our intellectual property and expertise) and our established processes which ensure every aspect of the application is addressed.  Writing Government selection criteria is a specialised service.  Investing in professional assistance for the development of a Government application, is not a bad investment when you consider you could be in the running for a position that will provide a return on investment each and every year!  We are always happy to provide a complimentary quotation and consultation to further explain the process.


I have already written my application.  Do you provide a proofreading service?

Yes! We have a 'Proofreading' service for those who have already done the writing but need a professional once-over.  This service includes spell check and grammatical corrections.  However, in addition to this will also receive a feedback form which includes scoring of your application, much like the process applied to your application during the culling process.  The benefits of this is that you will receive a complimentary insight into how your application will rate against other candidates and whether it will actually make the cut.  Enquire today about this service


Will my own document make the cut?

If you need our honest opinion, you don’t know where to start, feel you need the support or assistance, or simply want to know if your home-made document will make the cut 







Career Origin selection criteria writing services are inclusive of the following:


  • Selection Criteria Writing/Development
  • 2 – 5 business day delivery
  • Consultation with our Senior Writer
  • Electronic Copy 
  • Lifetime Storage of your documents

Send the advertised role or Government package today
or request a consultation to help put one together

Service Criteria



Career Origin offers a mobile consultation service.

Yes, we will come to you!  Handy for those who:

  • Work extended hours
  • Have limited transport
  • Have a disability
  • Are time poor
  • Have small children
  • Love convenience! 


No extra fees for the mobile consult. It's just all part of the service!