Employment at council

Cairns Regional Council offers a wide range of employment opportunities, so come live, work and play in one of the most beautiful places on earth!

Current vacancies

Please review the application guidelines ( PDF, 0.28 MB ) before beginning the application process. 

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online. Simply click on Current Vacancies, find the position that interests you and follow the prompts. You will need to submit a separate application for each position you are interested in. All online applications should reach us by midnight on the advertised closing date.

We recommend you lodge your application as a single electronic document, including your cover letter, resume and any other information you think may be helpful. Please see our sample cover letter and resume ( DOC, 0.03 MB ).

If you have any queries about the application process, contact Human Resources by phone (07) 4044 3310.

Application consent details

You may choose to give your consent to be considered for other similar positions within Council over the next 3 months. However, giving this consent does not automatically mean that your application will be considered for all positions at Council. A separate application must be submitted for each vacancy.

When you can expect to hear from us

After applying online you will receive an immediate acknowledgement that your application has been received. Applicants will generally be notified of the initial outcome of their application within two weeks of the applications closing date.

Late applications

Late applications will be accepted at the discretion of the selection panel.

If you are shortlisted for an interview

You will be contacted by the Chair of the selection panel if you are selected for interview. You must bring along any original certificates or licenses that are required of the position for verification by the selection panel.

Referee checks are carried out post-interview for the selection panel's recommended candidate.

Assessment of skills/ability to perform tasks 

In some instances Council may require you to undertake a practical assessment to demonstrate your skills and ability to perform the tasks of the position and/or a pre-employment medical assessment.

Pre-employment medical

All new employees to Cairns Regional Council have to undergo a pre-employment medical including a drug and alcohol test. Where the preferred candidate has passed the pre-employment medical, a formal offer of employment will be made. 

Where the preferred candidate has not passed the pre-employment medical, Human Resources will consult with OH&S to determine if reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate the preferred candidate. If reasonable adjustments can be made, a formal offer of employment will be made. Where reasonable adjustments cannot be made or the preferred candidate has failed the pre-employment medical, the candidate will be advised and no offer of employment will be made.

Right to work in Australia

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for a Council vacancy.

Employee benefits

Cairns Regional Council offers generous employee benefits and career development opportunities.  Enjoy an exciting and rewarding career with excellent working conditions and benefits.

  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • 19 day month
  • Paid parental leave
  • Flexible working options 
  • Generous superannuation
  • Relocation expenses
  • On-going personal and professional development opportunities
  • Study assistance
  • Above industry standards for Workplace Health and Safety

Career opportunities

Cairns Regional Council is proud to offer a wide range of career opportunities to current and new employees.  Some of the opportunities available are:

  • Graduate positions
  • Cadetships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships

Living in Cairns

Cairns is a friendly, safe and sophisticated international city, alive with charm and spirit. We have world-class schools and universities, health services, sporting and recreation facilities, and enjoy a wonderfully diverse range of community and cultural celebrations.

As the only place on earth where two World Heritage listed areas meet, Cairns is uniquely positioned as the international gateway to the pristine natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Our spectacular beaches, enviable tropical climate and unspoilt environment make Cairns one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. 

Over 154,800 people reside in Cairns and this is one of Australia’s most vibrant multicultural cities. People from more than 35 nations choose to call Cairns home and we welcome more than 2.4 million visitors each year (about half from overseas).

The Cairns Regional Council area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.  It extends from the Eubenangee Swamp (near Mirriwinni) in the south to the Macalister Range near Ellis Beach (just north of Palm Cove) in the north.

  • Council has produced a handy guide to living, working and playing in the Cairns region. You can view an e-book version of the Living in Cairns guide online.  Hard copies are available from Council's Customer Service Centre in Cairns and at all Cairns Library branches.  You can also request a hard copy: phone (07) 4044 3044 or email marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Census employment register

The 2016 Census of Population and Housing will be conducted on Tuesday 9 August 2016. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has opened a Census Employment Register of Interest for candidates to register a general expression of interest in employment opportunities for the 2016 Census. The ABS will notify registered candidates when the application period for vacancies in the Cairns area begins. (Note: Cairns Regional Council has no involvement in Census employment; recruitment and selection for all Census roles is the sole responsibility of the ABS. Any queries about Census employment should be directed to the ABS.)

Due to a scheduled software upgrade Council's online jobs portal will be temporarily unavailable from 3pm Tuesday 12 May, until 3pm Thursday 14 May. 

If you are applying for a vacancy that will close on 12th, 13th, or 14th May, you can submit your application via email to jobs@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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Last updated: 10 November 2015