Federal Talent Hub: ABS Canberra


 Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra

IT Roles (Entry-Level Analysts and Security roles)

Applications open now through to Thursday 25th October

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative for people with autism to connect with employers who recognise the valuable contributions and talents that people on the autism spectrum can bring to their organisations. We offer a tailored workshop and assessment program whereby applicants can demonstrate in a practical, hands-on environment their skills and abilities, directly to employers.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is working with Specialisterne to attract the skills and abilities of prospective people on the autism spectrum who can contribute to their workforce. The ABS values the mutual benefits to both the incoming candidates sourced through the Federal Talent Hub and the valuable skills and abilities people on the autism spectrum can offer in their critical IT services.

We are currently seeking applications to become Specialisterne employees who will be contracted for a range of opportunities within the ABS. These opportunities are entry level roles in IT, including Test Analyst and IT Security.

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be of working age
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have proof of Australian Citizenship
  • Must be able to attend the Specialisterne 4-week assessment phase (see below for more details) beginning Monday 5th November until Friday 30th November 2018 (those with existing commitments during this time please advise at time of application)
  • Successful candidates must pass a national government security clearance
  • Successful candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment health checks
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of Canberra


The following skills and experience will be highly regarded, although are not essential for the role:

  • Obtained a Bachelor degree or TAFE qualification in Information Technology, Computer Science, Business, Software Development or related discipline or have real-world experience in software development or testing practices
  • A strong interest in any of the following: Systems Testing, Systems Administration, IT Security or related area
  • Desirable: An understanding of programming languages and/or testing – Python, Java, SQL, C# and others desirable


The Application Process

Specialisterne Recruitment Process

Key Dates

Applications open Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Applications close 2pm Thursday 25th October 2018
Advised of outcome for workshops Friday 26th October 2018
Workshop dates Weeks commencing 29th October 2018
Notification to attend Training & Assessment program Thursday 1st November 2018
Assessment and information session Friday 2nd November 2018
Training and Assessment Program Monday 5th November-30th November 2018
Advised of outcome for employment From Monday 3rd December 2018
Commencement of employment From early 2019


Reasonable adjustment for people with a disability can be made to any area of employment, a variety of adjustments are available to help you.

Section 27 APS Act 1999 provides an affirmative measure which allows vacancies to be restricted to people with disability, or a certain type of disability.

For further information about our recruitment process and schedule, please go to our website: http://au.specialisterne.com/ABSCanberra

Initially, all candidates will need to undertake a pre-engagement integrity check (PEIC), which consists of identity checks, police checks, and a declaration of secrecy. Some successful applicants may be required to obtain a BASELINE security clearance and NV1 (depending on the role). For more information about the BASELINE security clearance process, please see the Australian Government Vetting Security Agency: http://www.defence.gov.au/AGSVA/resources/fact-sheet-baseline-clearance-assessment.pdf


If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Little at vicky.little@specialisterne.com or Jason White at jason.white@specialisterne.com


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