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How to apply

Australian Red Cross is committed to developing a diverse workforce and apply the principles of equity, fairness and transparency to all recruitment, selection and appointment processes. As an Equal Opportunity organisation we encourage people of all characteristics to apply for any vacancies listed on our careers pages.

How to apply

Cover letter

It is not necessary for you to address each of the selection criteria as part of your application but you should include a cover letter which summarises your key skills and experience. As we can receive a large volume of applications for positions, it is important to make sure your cover letter stands out.

Please include a contact number that we can reach you on during business hours.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, we encourage you to identify yourself in your covering letter.


Ensure that your have included a copy of your current resume with your application.

Your resume should outline your work history and:

  • details of any relevant qualifications and licences
  • information regarding your rights to work in Australia.


If you are invited for an interview, you may need to present evidence to support anything that you include in your application.


If your application is short-listed you will be contacted to arrange a suitable time to come in and meet with the interview panel.

The interview panel will generally be up to three people and will include the hiring manager and ideally a male and female panel member. For roles that have a focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and/or programs, we aim to have at least one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person on the panel.

The interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the skills you have presented in your application and for us to measure your level of practical experience.

When responding to the questions, you should use specific examples from your work history. Keep your responses succinct but make sure you include details of the situation, any actions that you took and the outcome. Don't talk about what you would do - talk about what you did do.

We recommend coming to the interview prepared with a few examples from your work history so that you can easily refer to them.

This is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the role and our organisation so feel at ease to ask any questions that you might have.


Also see What you need to know before applying.

International aid work

Applicants for international aid work positions should read the aid worker recruitment process.