Information for Applicants


The Mid North Coast Local Health District uses an online recruitment system known as ROB (Recruitment & Onboarding System). Your application will be submitted through the ROB portal. As part of this process you will need to register for an account. You will use this account to manage your ROB profile and your application.

A separate application must be submitted for each position for which you wish to apply.

It is important to prepare a comprehensive application demonstrating why you believe you are the best person for the position, as it will be used to decide whether you get an interview. Your application should include your claims against the selection criteria, your resume/CV and any additional information requested.


Before completing your application, you should take the following steps:

  1. Read the advertisement and Position Description carefully so that you are fully informed of the requirements of the position. Make note of anything you don’t understand and need to ask about.
  2. Telephone or email the contact person mentioned in the advertisement and ask them any questions you may have to clarify your understanding of the role.
  3. Other preparation – You might consider researching any relevant information to the job opportunity (such information on the directorate the position is in) and the organisation by reviewing the Mid North Coast Local Health District website.
  4. Finally, before submitting your application, remember to proofread it. Ensure you have addressed all of the selection criteria and spell check for spelling and grammatical errors.

Your claims against the selection criteria are the most important part of your application. You need to outline your claims against the selection criteria to demonstrate to the selection committee that you have the right mix of skills, knowledge and ability to do the job.

For each one, describe your skills, knowledge and ability that relate to that criterion and show how they could be used in the job. Emphasise your major achievements. Use positive language in talking about yourself, for example “my success in my current position demonstrates my ability to do ………”

Key words/phrases you may find in the Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated knowledge: This requires you to provide examples that show you possess this area of knowledge.
  • Ability to: You do not need to have done this kind of work before, but your skills, knowledge and experience must show that you are capable of doing the work. Describe things that you have done which proves you can do this kind of work.
  • Previous skills in: You have to show how you have done this work before, give examples.
  • Effective, Proven, Highly Developed, or Superior: These are all asking you to show your level of achievement. Provide as much detail as you can, using examples of your achievements to illustrate your skills, knowledge and ability.


  1. Make a separate heading for each criterion and provide examples that demonstrate your ability to meet that criterion.
  2. If your application does not address each criterion, you reduce your chance of being short listed for interview.​​

In accordance with NSW Health policy, you will be required to provide information online in ROB so that the Mid North Coast Local Health District is able to conduct employment screening checks. These include:

National Criminal Record Check/Aged Care Check

Mid North Coast Local Health District requires criminal record checks be undertaken for all positions.


  1. List all names you have been known by. This includes your maiden name/s, previous married name/s, and names that you were known by as a minor – for example if you were born John William Smith and at age 5 your legal name was changed to John William Brown.
  2. If you are known on your passport as Elizabeth Lee Smith and on your driver’s licence as Libby Lee Smith, ensure you include both names as one of these names would be considered your primary name and the other your alias name.
  3. Include all of your addresses from the last 5 years.
  4. Include your contact details, licence details and passport details (if applicable).


A criminal record does not necessarily disqualify applicants recommended for selection. If rejection of your application is considered purely because of a criminal record, you will be given an opportunity to discuss the matter fully before a final decision is made.

All employees working in an aged care facility will require an Aged Care Check at point of recruitment, and every 3 years thereafter. This will be identified in the Position Description of the role you are applying for.

Working with Children Check

All employees working in child related positions are required to have a Working with Children Check. This requirement will be identified on the Position Description of the position you are applying for.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to have a current NSW Working with Children Check. You will be prompted as part of your application to supply this information if required.

If you need to apply for a NSW Working with Children Check you can make you initial application online. Once you have made your application, you will need to visit a Service NSW Centre to have your application verified.

If you are applying from another Australian state or from overseas, other arrangements can be made to progress your application for employment. It is recommended you create your application for your NSW Working with Children Check online prior to arriving in New South Wales. Once you arrive in New South Wales you will need to visit a Service NSW Centre to have your application verified.

Occupational Screening & Vaccination

All Mid North Coast Local Health District positions are Category A and are required to comply with the NSW Health policy for Occupational Assessment, Screening & Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases. All preferred candidates must provide documentation to demonstrate evidence of protection.

Pre-Employment Health Assessments

All preferred candidates who are not current employees of MNCLHD (including preferred candidates from other LHDs) will be required to undertake a Functional Pre-Employment Assessment.

Preferred candidates who are current employees of Mid North Coast Local Health District must complete a Pre-Employment Health Assessment Questionnaire and may be required to undertake a Functional Pre-Employment Assessment.


If you are required to have registration or licences, these requirements will be included in the selection criteria. You will also be prompted in ROB to provide this information as part of the screening checks process.

Service Check Register

All preferred applicants for full-time, part-time, temporary and casual positions (including locum and agency staff) across NSW Health, must be checked against the SCR, before an offer of employment or appointment can be made.


If the vacancy requires a qualification, this requirement will be included in the selection criteria. Please ensure that you upload a copy of this qualification as part of your application and/or bring a copy of the original document with you to interview.


MNCLHD conducts all recruitment under the principles of merit.

All appointments within our District are required to undertake a merit-based selection process; this process is facilitated by a selection panel and is made up of three steps:

  • The selection criteria that is addressed when you first apply for the role.
  • Pending the result of your selection criteria responses, you may then be invited to attend an interview with the selection panel.
  • Following on from the interview, short-listed applicants will have Reference Checks conducted.

Selection panels are constituted in accordance with NSW Health Ministry Policy.


As part of the interview process you will be required to provide Mid North Coast Local Health District with at least two work related referees. Please include their names, current phone numbers, email addresses if known and their professional job titles where required. Our selection panel will need to contact them as part of the selection process.

Your referees should be able to provide a professional reference with regards to your skills, qualifications and abilities in relation to the job you applied for. It is important that you choose your referees carefully, depending on their expertise and their willingness to recommend you for the job you are applying for.

One of these people must be a current and/or recent work supervisor who can comment directly on your work performance. If you are unable to provide such a person, please discuss this with the convenor at interview.

It is equally important that your referees know ahead of time that you are applying for the job. It is recommended that you provide them with a copy of the position description so that they are prepared to provide relevant information to the selection committee when asked.  

Written referee reports are not required.      


All applicants for positons within Mid North Coast Local Health District are entitled to know the outcome of their interview in writing. There are generally three different outcomes that can occur:

  • You are made the preferred applicant for the position. You will then be required to undertake the pre-employment checks process prior to your appointment to the position. The selection panel Convenor will assist you with this process.
  • You are made eligible for the position. Mid North Coast Local Health District makes use of eligibility lists. If you are placed on an eligibility list it means you can potentially be placed against any similar positions that become vacant within the next twelve months. If a suitable position becomes vacant, the Convenor will discuss this with you in more detail.
  • You are made unsuccessful for the position. All applicants to jobs in Mid North Coast Local Health District are entitled to feedback. This is an opportunity to have a discussion with the Convenor regarding your application and identify areas for improvement to assist with future applications.