The Job Evaluation System (JES) assesses the value of a job based on the expertise, judgment and accountability required to do it. Points are given to represent the value of the job compared to other roles within the organisation and across the sector.
A job evaluation is not about the person in the job; it is the job the agency
wants done. All new jobs should be JES'd before they are advertised, but it is
appropriate to review the job within 6-12 months.
Each job evaluation uses a Job Analysis Questionnaire (JAQ). This is a
series of questions to enable supervisors and employees to analyse and describe
the job. It is essential that the JAQ accurately reflects the work involved in
the job as this information is used by an evaluation panel to assign the work
value. Contents of the JAQ can also be used to develop recruitment
When can my job be re-evaluated?
A job must have substantially changed to be re-JES’d. You can request your
supervisor initiate a review. Substantial change may occur when a job is:
Given a complete change in focus or role by management
Allocated new functions and activities
Working with legislation and the legislation goes through a major
Combined with another job; or
Evolving over a long period and the main tasks or activities undertaken
now are clearly different to the original job.
A job may not have substantially changed just because there is an increase in
workload. If your workload has increased you should discuss this with your
supervisor or workplace delegate. For more information, see our
What if I don’t agree with the evaluation of my job?
The process used to evaluate your job can be reviewed under certain
circumstances. You would need to submit details about the job that may have
affected the original evaluation. These could include:
Any inaccuracies or shortcomings in the submitted JAQ
Changes in duties and/or responsibilities since the original evaluation
Information that shows the JAQ may not have provided a complete
description for the evaluation; or
Information that shows the person who approved the JAQ did not have a
reasonable understanding of the job.
You should discuss the matter with your supervisor in the first instance. If
you are still not satisfied you can lodge a review within your agency grievance
process. Your union can assist you to do this.
Where can I get help?
Talk to your workplace delegate.
Ring the Member Service Centre for information and assistance on 1300