IMPACT objection to psychometric testing upheld

Peter Nolan, National Secretary, IMPACT
Peter Nolan, National Secretary, IMPACT

IMPACT’s objection to the use of psychometric testing for the short-listing of applicants to the positions of Senior Executive Officer, Senior Executive Planner and Senior Executive Engineer has been successful in preventing this form of evaluation for internal applicants in local government.

Peter Nolan, national secretary with IMPACT said “the Local Government Management Agency and Public Appointments Service had commenced a short-listing process based upon psychometric testing.

“IMPACT objected vigorously to this proposal which was neither discussed nor agreed with the union.

“I am pleased to report that following IMPACT’s objection psychometric testing will not be applied to the confined competition for these posts. Candidates who applied for the posts and who have been notified that they failed the tests will now be advised that they are eligible to go to the next stage of the competition.

“The LGMA advises that the tests will be applied to candidates for public competition.

“The Union will also raise this matter at the next meeting of the LANC scheduled for 11 June next” Mr Nolan said.