Cover Letters for Public Service Careers in Australia


When it comes to applying for a government job, your cover letter can make or break your chances of landing the position. It is your first opportunity to make a strong impression on the hiring manager (which might be in HR or your new boss) and showcase your skills and qualifications. In this article, we will discuss how to write an effective cover letter for government jobs, including tips and best practices.

Components of Cover Letter

A cover letter typically includes the following components:

1.Contact Information

This includes your:

a. Full name, 

b. Address, 

c. Phone number,  

d. Email address, 

e. The date,

f. The contact information of the employer or hiring manager you are addressing.

2. Salutation

This is the greeting at the beginning of your letter. You should address the recipient by name if possible (if it’s not on the position description, see what you can find out via the Org Chart or LinkedIn), or, if absolutely necessary, use a generic greeting such as:

a. “Dear Hiring Manager” 

b. “To Whom It May Concern.”

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3. Introduction

In the opening paragraph, you should briefly introduce yourself and state the position you are applying for. You might also mention how you learned about the job opening or why you are interested in the company.

4. Body

The body of your letter should explain why you are a good fit for the job. You can highlight your relevant skills and experience, and provide specific examples of your accomplishments that demonstrate your qualifications for the position.

5. Closing

In the closing paragraph, you should express your enthusiasm for the job and thank the employer for considering your application. You might also include a sentence about following up on your application, such as “I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my suitability with you further.”

6. Signature

End the letter with a professional closing, such as “Sincerely” or “Kind regards,” followed by your full name and signature.

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Ben Wood

Public Service Careers Coach, PS Careers Practice Manager