There are a number of pre-engagement checks that we are required to undertake prior to engaging an individual as an AAT employee under the Public Service Act 1999. In the event that the requirements of one or more of the pre-engagement checks are not met, the conditional offer of engagement may be cancelled.


Mandatory requirements

To be eligible for AAT employment you must:

  • undergo a security and character check
  • be an Australian citizen
  • undergo a medical examination (ongoing engagements only), and
  • be eligible for re-engagement if you have received a redundancy benefit from an APS or Commonwealth employer.

1. Security and character check

The AAT must be satisfied that an applicant for employment is of good character. The process used to verify this is a character clearance check, conducted by the Australian Federal Police (CrimTrac). The clearance involves checking police records for unspent criminal convictions and verifying employment history and employment references. In the event that the AAT receives an adverse character check, you may be assessed as unsuitable for employment, which will result in this offer being withdrawn.

If your work requires you to have access to classified material, you may need to undergo a formal security assessment. If a clearance is not granted your employment in the position cannot be continued.

2. Citizenship

To be eligible for employment with the AAT in either an ongoing or non-ongoing capacity, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. In exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be waived by the Agency Head but you must hold and continue to hold the necessary visa and work permits appropriate to the employment.

3. Health

Successful applicants for ongoing employment within the AAT will be required to undergo a medical examination (organised by the AAT) to ensure their fitness to undertake the duties for which they have been selected.

4. Employment of persons who have taken voluntary redundancy

There are arrangements in place in the Australian Public Service (APS) which limit the subsequent employment of APS employees who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or the Australian Parliamentary Service. Details of these arrangements are available on the Australian Public Service Commissioner website.

5. Probation

New employees are required to complete a minimum six month probationary period. During this time your conduct and work performance is assessed to determine whether they meet the standards required by the Tribunal of its employees. Employees whose performance and/or behaviour do not reach the required standard during their probationary period will have their employment terminated.


Terms and conditions of employment

Employees of the AAT are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal Agency Agreement 2017-2020 governs terms and conditions for employment.

As an employee of the APS, you are subject to the APS Code of Conduct, APS Values and the Employment Principles.