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Download the New Z83 Application Form – PDF

Download the new editable Z83 application form to apply for National and Provincial Government Department Jobs.

The new Z83 application form should be used exclusively by individuals in possession of an original Identity Document or an official passport who wish to apply for an advertised position in a government department.

Below, you’ll find all the details related to the different Z83 formats and where to download the new Z83 Application Form (PDF and Word).

Download the Z83 Form – Editable PDF



You have the option to download the PDF Z83 form and fill it out electronically before submitting. To do this, save the form on your computer and open it using software such as Acrobat Reader. For a quicker way to download the form, click on the link below:

Download the Z83 Form – Word Version

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One could also opt to download the z83 form in a Word format if they are not comfortable with filling in the pdf document. The Z83 word form is not any different from the pdf format of the document.

Regardless of the file format in which one wants the document to come in, all the operations regarding z83 forms download can be done on the department of labour website.

The printed copies of the Z83 form are also available free of charge at every government department in all 9 provinces of South Africa.

How To Fill in the Z83 Form?

An application is often the first opportunity the job seeker has to make a good first impression so, in order to maximise your chances of landing a job opportunity in a government department, these are the following steps to follow when filling the editable Z83 form. The form also has a new set of questions being asked.

  1. Read the entire form thoroughly. This will help you to clearly understand all the questions on the application form. If you find it difficult to under- stand or satisfactorily answer some questions, you can ask someone to help you.
  2. Follow the instructions on the application form.

Practice note on the application of the Z83 and other employment matters





Section A

  • Ensure to fill in the correct reference number exactly as it appears in the job ad.
  • State your availability. If you are available immediately, you should then put ‘IMMEDIATELY’ in the last block.

Section B

  • Fill in personal details which include your surname, full names, date of birth, ID number if you are a South African citizen, and a passport number if foreign national.
  • Mark an ‘X’ under the correct choice in the race section.
  • Mark an ‘X’ for the Yes/No questions.
  • Fill in the additional information when asked.

Section C

  • Fill in your preferred language for correspondence and circle the method of correspondence you prefer. This would be the way they communicate with you.
  • Under contact details:
    • Should you have circled ‘Post’, fill in your postal address.
    • Should you have circled ‘E-mail’, fill in your email address.
    • Should you have circled ‘Telephone’, fill in your telephone number or cellphone number.

Section D

  • Fill in the languages you speak by writing in the grey area.
  • Rate each language to state whether you’re ‘good’, fair’, or ‘poor’ under each language in each block.

Section E

  • In this section, you are required to provide your qualification stating the name of the institution, the year in which you completed the qualification including the name of the qualification.

Section F

  • Provide your work experience information such as the name of the company, position held, and period and state the reason for leaving the job.

Section G

  • Here you are required to give details of your references including their name, contact details, and the relationship.


  • Signature and date the Declaration. Please note that if your application form is not signed or dated, it will not be considered since it has not been authorised by the applicant. Please ensure that you complete the form and sign it.

General Instructions

  • Don’t forget to put your initials on every page at the bottom right corner where it says ‘Initial.
  • Attach a CV, along with any other additional documents they’ve asked for.
  • You will have been given an address to where you will need to hand deliver or post the completed form.

The updated Z83 form was implemented on 1 January 2021 and has been in use since then. Please note that any applications submitted using the previous form will not be considered. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that you use the newly approved form for job applications. You can download the form here or from the Department of Public Service and Administration’s website, or you may obtain a copy from your local government department. Ensure you have the correct and latest version before submitting your application.

Application Tips

  • After getting ahold of the document, take time to read through every section to ensure that you understand every detail about it. Then proceed to fill it in.
  • Fill it in neatly and carefully. If they can’t read your handwriting, your application will be rejected.
  • Fill in the Z83 form PDF reference number exactly as it appears in the job post.
  • Check it yourself.
  • Get someone else to check your whole form for you.
  • Attach all the necessary documents.
  • Remember to date and sign your form.


  1. All information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and will not be disclosed or used for any other purpose than to assess the suitability of a person, except in so far as it may be required and permitted by law. Your personal details must correspond with the details in your ID or passport.
  2. Passport number in the case of non-South Africans.
  3. This information is required to enable the department to comply with the Employment Equity Act, 1998.
  4. This information will only be taken into account if it directly relates to the requirements of the position.
  5. The Executive Authority shall consider the criminal record (s) against the nature of the job functions in line with internal information security and disciplinary code.
  6. The applicant may submit additional information separately where the space provided is not sufficient.
  7. Departments must accept certified documents that accompany the application(s) with certification that is up to 6 months unless the advert prescribes a longer period.

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