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How to apply

To apply for an advertised vacancy, please complete the application form:

(Please contact us if you are unable to access the application form.)

Email or post your letter of application outlining your suitability for the role, the completed application form, and your CV to:


By post:

Parliamentary Counsel Office
PO Box 18 070
Wellington 6160

to be received by the PCO by the vacancy close date.

Application process

Once the vacancy has closed it may take two to three weeks for candidates to be shortlisted for an interview.

As part of our selection process we may give you a quick call to find out whether the salary range and your availability to start meet expectations.

If you are shortlisted we will get in touch with you to arrange an interview time.

If you are not shortlisted, we will contact you to let you know.  You are welcome to ask for feedback on why your application wasn’t successful.


Interviews are usually around one hour long, with the interview panel being made up of the hiring manager, HR, and possibly someone else you may be working closely with. 

After the interview, it may take up to a week for us to get in touch with you to let you know the outcome. If you have been chosen for the role, we will conduct reference checks and possibly ask you to carry out a psychometric test.

If successful, we will provisionally offer you the role. PCO policy requires us to notify our staff of all appointments, with staff having five working days to request a review. Once this review period has expired, if no reviews were requested we will confirm your appointment with you.

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