Frequently Asked Questions


What time do applications close?

All applications close at midnight on the advertised closing date.


How long will the recruitment process take?

Approximately 2-3 weeks after the closing date, you will be contacted by the Selection Committee if you have been short listed for interview. Interviews are generally held within one month of the closing date. Generally, a decision is made shortly after the last interview is held, and an offer is made within the week. Offers are made subject to reference checks, verification of qualifications, and any relevant pre-employment checks


How will I know if my my application was received?

You will receive an auto response from Recruitment when your application is submitted online.


I would like to work at UNSW but there isn’t a specific position currently being advertised that I want to apply for. What should I do?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept speculative CV’s however, you can to stay up to date with positions you are interested in by submitting a saved search at Enter the criteria of the type of position you are looking for and your email address, and you will receive an email if a job is posted that matches your nominated criteria


I do not currently have working rights within Australia but would like to apply for a position. Can I still apply?

Often we sponsor people for a working visa. All employees working in Australia must either be permanent residents or have a valid working visa. The University may sponsor an applicant for a visa at its absolute discretion.


Are referees contacted prior to interviews or after? Can I bring in my referee details with me to the interview?

Please ensure that referee details are included in your initial application. For some academic positions, written references are required prior to interview stage. Most verbal references are conducted post-interview.


My application was unsuccessful. How do I obtain feedback?

Please contact the person listed on the advertisement.


If I have already submitted my application but would like to update it with additional information. How can I do this?

If you would like to update any documentation, please email, including the job reference number that you have applied for.


Can I submit a late application?

Late applications will be accepted at the discretion of the selection committee. Please contact for further advice.


Who can I contact to find out additional information specific to the position?

Please contact the person listed on the job advertisement for any information about the position.


I’m having difficulty applying online. What other options are available to me?

If you are having difficulty applying via the online application form, please email your application through to


What is the maximum size for attachments loaded with my application?

The maximum size for attachments is 4MB. Please note the system will only accept one attachment per application therefore please combine any attachments into one document with a total size not exceeding 4MB


What should I include in my application?

Your application should include the following:

    • Cover letter

    • Responses to the selection criteria

    • Current CV


How can I find casual work with UNSW?

Casual positions are advertised on and also at Alternatively you can enquire with specific Faculty or School in which you would like to gain casual employment.


Where can I find further information on employment conditions at UNSW?

Employment conditions at UNSW are outlined in our Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.