Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Policy

Applicable to: WA health system entities


The purpose of the Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Policy (Policy) is to provide a consistent approach across the WA health system by outlining the minimum requirements and responsibilities of the Department of Health and Health Service Providers (WA health system entities), for recruitment, selection and appointment processes. The WA health system has a commitment to promoting equity and diversity in its workforce and has identified Aboriginal people as a priority diversity group. 

Employment decisions, powers and functions must be made and exercised in accordance with the:

  • Equal Opportunity Act 1984
  • Public Sector Management Act 1994
  • Commissioner’s Instruction No.1 – Employment Standard (CI 1) 
  • Commissioner’s Instruction No. 2 – Filling a Public Sector Vacancy (CI 2)
  • any other applicable and current Commissioner’s instructions
Recordkeeping must be managed in accordance with the legislative requirements of the State Records Act 2000 and recorded in an approved Recordkeeping Plan (Section 19).

This Policy is a mandatory requirement for Health Service Providers under the Employment Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(f) and (g) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy is also a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.


Type of Amendment Date of Effect  Description of Amendment 
Major Amendment  24 April 2020  Policy transitioned to the current policy template; Applicability changed to systemwide from Health Service Providers only; Additional of Aboriginal Employment Section; Removal of Supporting information Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Procedure and corresponding name change to the title of the Policy; and inclusion of new Supporting information documents WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030, WA Aboriginal Health Workforce Strategy 2014-2024 and People with Disability Action Plan to Improve WA Public Sector Employment Outcomes 2020-2025.

Date of effect: 01 July 2016

Policy Framework

Supporting information