Health Practitioners – Use of Formal Qualifications and / or Professional Registration and Other Requirements As Essential Selection Criteria
The purpose of this directive is to advise of specific educational qualifications and / or professional registration and other requirements such as accreditation, society membership or licensing, to be cited as essential selection criteria on Job Description Forms for eligible health professions.
The attached schedule indicates the correct wording to be utilised for the first criterion under Essential Selection Criteria and Appointment Factors in the Job Description Forms for these and various other health professions.
Consistent with the Public Sector Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Standard, selection criteria used to determine eligibility for appointment to a position must correlate directly to the competencies required to undertake the duties of the position. Eligibility for appointment is determined by the Essential Selection Criteria. Desirable Selection Criteria that may be specified are for the purpose of differentiating between candidates who would otherwise have been assessed as equally suitable for employment.
A field of applicants for a position may not be inappropriately restricted by the inclusion of unnecessary requirements for formal qualifications and / or professional registration or other unnecessary requirements in the essential selection criteria. The citation of the registration requirement is only appropriate where the duties to be undertaken fall within the regulatory scope of the statutory registration authority. Where other legislation or an industrial award or instrument requires formal qualifications for appointment to a position, these requirements are to be included as essential selection criteria. Applicants who fail to meet the prescribed first criterion under the essential criteria are automatically excluded from further consideration.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA
This circular last updated: Monday, 4 May 2015 at 4:03pm