To be eligible for employment with ONA you must be an Australian Citizen. Given the sensitive nature of ONA's work, there also are a number of special requirements which prospective candidates should be aware of:
- Preferred candidates are required to undergo a personal security assessment. The assessment includes background, financial and psychological review, and is an integral component of the recruitment process. Your security assessment is reviewed at intervals during employment with ONA. Staff are paid an allowance in recognition of these requirements.
- ONA expects clearance holders to maintain zero tolerance for illegal substance use. We do however understand that people can try a variety of new and risky experiences in their formative years prior to holding a clearance so the best advice we can give is to be open and honest about your past. Security at ONA will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the security clearance assessment process.
- ONA operates in a secure environment and restrictions apply to personal visitors and bringing electronic items, such as mobile telephones, electronic organisers, cameras or recording equipment, into the Office.
- Staff and contractors employed by ONA may be required to submit bags for inspection upon entry and departure from the Office.
- Staff members are required to advise the Office of any proposed private overseas travel and to seek approval for travel to certain specified countries. Restrictions may also apply to private overseas travel to specified countries for a period of 12 months after employment with ONA.
- Restrictions apply to dealing or speaking to the media or to the private publication of any written material while employed with ONA. Publication may be agreed in certain circumstances subject to ONA approval of the manuscript.
- Full auditing is undertaken of all activities on ONA's computer systems, including email.
- Staff members and contractors are required to comply at all times with ONA's security policies.