Parliamentary Reporter (Hansard)

  • If you have a passion for language, an enthusiasm for politics and current affairs, and a desire to work in the heart of the democratic process, put your editing skills to the test in the challenging and dynamic environment of the New South Wales Parliament.

  • Temporary part-time (72%) until 30 June 2021, with the possibility of extension, with specific leave and work time arrangements. Please refer to Position Context and Additional Information below for details.

  • Salary $88,657 - $100,638 – including an all incidence allowance, plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

  • A talent pool will be created from which future temporary and ongoing employment offers may be made.

  • NSW Parliament, Sydney CBD.

About us

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is a specialist service department working to support the operation of NSW Parliament by providing logistical support and advice to members, the Departments of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly and the people of New South Wales.

Enabling the Parliament, serving New South Wales: We demonstrate and foster in others a commitment to the five values of the Department of Parliamentary Services: collaboration, innovation, excellence, integrity and service.

Our commitment to diversity: We welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and encourage women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQI+, people with disability and mature-age people to apply for this role.

About the position

In this role you will transcribe and edit the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament, parliamentary committees and ministerial conferences to provide an accurate, substantially verbatim record to an acceptable literary quality. You will also undertake procedural functions on behalf of the Editor of Debates. Extensive training will be provided.

Further information to assist you with applying for this position:

  • Position Description
  • Position Context and Additional Information
  • Department of Parliamentary Services website
  • NSW Parliament pre-employment requirement

How to apply

To apply for this position please attach to your application:

  • Your covering letter [maximum one page] which outlines your experience against the role accountabilities, as described in the position description.
  • Your up-to-date resume [maximum five pages] which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this position, and
  • Your response [maximum two pages] to the targeted questions below.

Your resume and response to the following targeted questions will be the initial assessment method used to determine your suitability for this position compared to other applicants. Applications that do not include a response to the targeted questions cannot be comparatively assessed and are unlikely to progress to the next stage of assessment.

Candidates who meet the selection criteria and satisfactorily answer the targeted questions will be invited to undertake an editing/grammar and transcription assessment. Only those applicants who meet the required standard, and who perform best at the assessment, will be invited to the next stage of assessment (ie, panel interview).

Targeted questions

  • What professional experience can you demonstrate in editing the written word (eg court/parliamentary reporting or print/electronic media)? Your response should outline how you acquired your skills as well as your experience with relevant technologies such as publishing and text formatting software, voice recognition programs, audio recording equipment, etc.
  • Describe an occasion or occasions where you have had to deal with extreme time pressures to meet tight deadlines and worked long hours to meet those time frames (as may be required during long sessions of either House of Parliament).

Electronic attachments must be MS Word compatible or in pdf format.

Technical assistance: Should you encounter any technical problems, please contact ‘I work for NSW’ helpdesk 1800 562 679 (Monday - Friday).

Applications must be lodged online through

Please note that a Talent Pool will be created which may be used to fill temporary and ongoing positions.

Job Reference: 0000803O

CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 22 November 2020 [11.59pm]