Merit Selection is the process used to ensure that recruitment and selection decisions are based on the relative merits of applicants against the requirements of the position and not on considerations that are irrelevant to success in the role.
The objective is to ensure that applicants are drawn from a pool of candidates appropriate for the type and level of position to be filled and have the opportunity to contest the position within an impartial and objective selection process. The values of integrity, fairness, and due process are all associated with a Merit Selection process.
The above does not mean that recruitment and selection strategies are always the same for every type of position and circumstance. Each recruitment exercise is considered on a case by case basis and strategies put in place to ensure the best outcome for each particular position. However, the principles of fairness, transparency, and merit are consistently applied irrespective of how the recruitment process is structured.
The following principles are embraced in all recruitment and selection actions within the City of Ryde: