Selection criteria

All Senior Executive Service (SES) positions contain a minimum set of essential selection criteria in accordance with Approved Procedure 2.

The selection criteria for non-CEO SES positions have been aligned to the Five Core Capabilities contained in the Leadership Capability Profile. These are the capabilities that have been identified as the key success factors that the Government requires from its current and future leaders.

The focus or emphasis of each essential criterion may be determined by agencies; either by using the skills and behaviours detailed in th Leadership Development Profiles , or by developing their own. By choosing skills and behaviours that best reflect a position's role and classification level, agencies gain the benefit of greater flexibility and increased precision in candidate selection.

How to use the selection criteria

The Public Sector Commission is available to assist people managers in the implementation of the revised selection criteria, or to answer any queries for existing or aspiring members of the SES and members of the public.

A number of samples have been prepared to assist agencies in incorporating the SES selection criteria into their JDFs.

Detailed information on the skills and behaviours expected for Level 9 and Class 1-4 SES positions is contained in the Individual Leadership Development Profiles.

List of selection criteria



Shapes and manages strategy

  • Inspires a sense of purpose and direction
  • Focuses strategically
  • Harnesses information and opportunities
  • Shows judgement, intelligence and common sense

Criterion - Achieves results

  • Builds organisational skill and responsiveness
  • Marshals professional expertise
  • Steers and implements change and deals with uncertainty
  • Delivers intended results
  • Manages financial and physical resources in a constrained environment

Criterion - Builds productive relationships

  • Nurtures internal and external relationships
  • Facilitates cooperation and partnerships
  • Values individual differences and diversity
  • Guides, coaches and develops people

Criterion - Exemplifies personal integrity and self-awareness

    • Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
    • Engages with risk and shows personal courage
    • Commits to action
    • Displays resilience
    • Demonstrates self awareness and a commitment to personal development

    Criterion - Communicates & influences effectively

      • Communicates clearly
      • Listens, understands and adapts to audience
      • Negotiates persuasively

      Page last updated 24 September 2012