Employment at Council


Council's eRecruitment system will be closed for maintenance between 7am and 9am on Thursday 7 December.

We apologise for any inconvenience.


Council's eRecruitment system will be unavailable for about 20 minutes, between 1pm and 2pm today (18 July 2017).

Thank you for your patience, and we apologise for any inconvenience

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!

How to apply

All applications must be submitted online using Council's eRecruitment system (Mercury). 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 10:30pm AEST on the advertised closing date.

Please read our application guidelines ( PDF, 0.85 MB ) for detailed information on how to sign in to the eRecruitment system, create a profile and apply for a job.  More information can be found in the eRecruitment Frequently Asked Questions.  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 will 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 outcome of their application within two to four weeks of the application closing date.

Late applications

No, once a job has closed it is not possible for an applicant to address the selection criteria on line. Therefore we will no longer be accepting late applications. We recommend that you subscribe to our job alerts, to ensure you receive notification as soon as any new jobs are published, to give you plenty of time to apply before the closing date.

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 assessments

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks.

  • Pre‑employment medical, which may include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test
  • National police / criminal history check
  • Practical assessment
  • Numeracy and literacy assessment
  • Computer skills assessment
  • Qualification / licence verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia check
  • Background / directorship check

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, dependent on work pattern
  • 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 1300 69 22 47 or email marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au.

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Last updated: 27 March 2019