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Merit selection

The merit selection process exists to make sure the most suitable, qualified applicant is chosen for each vacancy.

Merit selection panel composition

Panel requirements

Merit selection panels are required to comply with the criteria described in these documents:

The panels includes people with expertise appropriate for the site and trained in merit selection.

Panels for vacancies greater than 12 months will have a peer panellist. They will in most cases come from outside the site where the vacancy is advertised.

The peer panellist is also used to provide the gender representation on a panel where required.

Governing council representatives – selection training

Selection training for governing council representatives is provided by the South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs. Contact them to arrange for this training.  

Council members can talk to their current principals for more information on this.

Policy, procedures and instructions

Staff should be familiar with both the merit selection policy (PDF 174KB) and the merit selection procedure (PDF 175KB).

See also:

Merit selection instructions

Merit selection complaints

Applicants seeking a review of a merit selection decision should refer to merit selection complaints.


Employee Relations (Ethical conduct advisory)

Phone: 8226 1342
Email: Education.ECU [at] sa.gov.au