Advice to Referees

References are provided to the Australian War Memorial either by phone or in the form of a written report. The Referee Report is designed so that referee comments can easily be compared and are kept brief enough for a SAC to find useful.

In providing your reference, you are asked to comment on the applicant in terms of the position documentation, and rate the applicant against each selection criteria using the rating scale provided in the Referee Report form. Comments and ratings should be based on the applicant's likely capability for the position in question, having regard to their work experience while under your supervision.

Comments must be objective, and also include specific examples to emphasise and illustrate the applicant's skills, knowledge, experience and personal qualities in relation to the selection criteria. Additional comments can be used to emphasise any strengths and weaknesses. In some cases the SAC may contact referees for further discussion and clarification of comments made in a written reference.

The Referee Report template can be downloaded here.

Please forward the completed report to

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