How does DPSA work in South Africa

DPSA Department of Public Service and Administration Jobs/Vacancies

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DPSA stands for the Department of Public Service and Administration in South Africa. Many people who wish to work for the South African government should familiarize themselves with the term “DPSA”. If you are looking for government jobs or government vacancies, checking the DPSA vacancies website is probably the first step you should take.

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How does DPSA work?

DPSA vacancies get updated every Friday of the week on their official website at Most South Africans wish to start their careers at the DPSA because jobs are stable and government is a well respected employer. The DPSA circular lists the available government jobs or vacancies that you can apply for them using the Z83 form.

You can also apply for the government internships or learnerships that are available at the DPSA. You can also visit the DPSA career portal website to see if they have any bursaries available.

How do I apply for a DPSA job in South Africa?

To apply for a job at DPSA, you need to be aware of a few things. DPSA vacancies or available posts are advertised on the websites of national government departments, as well as in the Public Service Vacancy Circular, which contains advertised posts in all national and provincial government. Alternatively, you can find the government job adverts in the Vuk’uzenzele newspaper. You will be able to see the latest advertised positions in government:

Government Recruitment Centre

You can register to apply for dpsa vacancies at the below government institutions;

  • Centre for Public Service Innovation
  • Department of Public Service Administration
  • National School of Government
  • Department of Higher Education and Training
  • Department of Labour
  • Office of the Public Service Commission

After completing the Z83 application form, you can post the application to recipient mentioned on the form or submit electronically via email or via fax.

Jobs advertised on the websites of national government departments are;

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Arts and Culture
  • Basic Education
  • Civilian Secretariat for Police
  • Commission on Gender Equality
  • Communications
  • Cooperative Governance
  • Correctional Services
  • Defence
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Government Communication and Information System
  • Health
  • Higher Education and Training
  • Home Affairs
  • Human Settlements
  • Independent Police Investigative Directorate
  • International Relations and Cooperation
  • Justice and Constitutional Development
  • Labour
  • Military Veterans
  • Mineral Resources
  • National School of Government
  • National Treasury
  • Office of the Chief Justice
  • Parliament of South Africa
  • Performance Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Public Enterprises
  • Public Service and Administration
  • Public Service Commission
  • Public Works
  • Rural Development and Land Reform
  • Statistics SA
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Social Development
  • Small Business Development
  • SA Revenue Service
  • SA Police Service
  • Telecommunications and Postal Services
  • The Presidency
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Trade and Industry
  • Traditional Affairs
  • Water Affairs
  • Women

Career Development Services in Government

Currently, The Department of Higher Education and Training runs a Career Development Services Centre to help learners with career advice. If you need help with career advice, you can visit or SMS or “Please Call Me”: 072 204 5056. Alternatively, you can call this number 086 999 0123 and you will get help.

How to apply online for any government job in South Africa?

How to apply for government vacancies

Below are the guidelines you need to follow to completing the application form on the internet for various positions/vacancies/jobs in the government departments such as DPSA. Many South Africans are now aware that the procedure to apply for the posts in various Government departments are online and it makes things easy.

Candidates should also be aware of the technicalities and difficulties before applying online for any vacancy whether it is for officer or clerk. A minor mistake in the online application process can even cost your dream job in government sector.

Before you apply for a government job online, make sure that you have all eligibility documents such as scanned ID copy, qualifications, drivers licence, passport size photo and signature for the purpose of uploading on government website.

How to register a profile on the government recruitment centre

How do I apply for a DPSA job

Follow the below step-by-step guide to register your profile and start applying DPSA government jobs

STEP 1: Visit ejob portal at on your web browser

STEP 2: Click “Register Profile” and choose “SA Citizen” or “Non SA Citizen”

STEP 3: Register your profile by filling up your personal details

STEP 4: Click “Create Profile” and the registration process is complete

How to apply for government dpsa vacancies

DPSA Vacancies

STEP 1: If you already have a profile, visit, click log in and enter your ID number and password

STEP 2: Click on “Browse Jobs” to search vacancies per department

STEP 3: Click on the “View button” to read the job specification

STEP 4: Click “Apply button” to apply for advertised job or dpsa vacancies

Remember that you need to read terms and conditions before you start applying for jobs. The instructions include eligibility and closing date of registration before you browser and apply for jobs. It is also important for candidates to read the complete guidelines as the instruction for each government post may be different. Also, you need to make sure that you qualify and meet the minimum requirements before applying for a job.

Please Note: If you do not receive feedback from DPSA or any government sector within 3 months after the closing date, note that your application was unsuccessful.

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