How to Apply

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People welcomes applications from people wanting to achieve better outcomes for disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori and whānau.

Our application process varies depending on the role you are applying for so it is important to check the advertisement for instructions on how to apply. All our job adverts contain a named person you can call if you have any issues accessing or completing the application process. Make sure you complete all aspects of the application process to be considered for a position. It may not be possible to accept incomplete or late applications.  

Any information you provide as part of the recruitment process will be stored in the recruitment database system against your individual user profile.  This information is only used for the purposes of the recruitment process.  The information stored may include using your application notes for the purpose of an individual’s right of review of appointment (as outlined in the State Services Act).  

Internal Candidates: If you are currently working for the Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People please register online through the MyHR dashboard to ensure you’re correctly identified as an internal applicant. This will also give you access to roles marked for “internal applicants only”. 

Recruitment Support

If you aren’t able to apply online, or if you require any additional information regarding the application process, please contact the person whose name is on the advertisement for assistance or guidance.    

What should I submit with my Application? 

We want to understand why you’re interested in the role, and our organisation. Keep in mind the skills and abilities we reference in the advertisement and position description when you write your application.

  • A cover letter gives you the opportunity to tell us about your interest in the role and highlight your key achievements to date, relevant to the role. 
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) is essential, so take the time to write a CV that outlines your skills, experience and career history relevant to the position you are applying for.

Background Checking

Background checking is a very important part of our recruitment and selection process as many of our people have access to systems and information that are confidential or enable us to manage resources on behalf of the Crown. Unsurprisingly this means we need to verify the honesty, integrity and trustworthiness of our people.  

Background Checks

If you are a preferred candidate we will conduct background checks which can include any or all of the following:

  • Criminal records checks with the Police and/or Ministry of Justice
  • Identity confirmation
  • Bankruptcy check via NZ Insolvency and Trustee Service and Veda Trace
  • Internal systems and benefits check
  • Confirmation of your academic record / qualification
  • Reference checking

Safety Checking

We demonstrate an exemplary culture in relation to child safety.  Safety checking of positions that work with children will be undertaken in line with the Vulnerable Children’s Act to keep our vulnerable children safe.  You will be advised during the recruitment process if you are applying for a position where this check is required.

Safety Checking is additional checking beyond the background checking process outlined above.