Federal Talent Hub: ATO Canberra


Australian Taxation Office, Canberra

IT Roles (Entry-Level Systems Administration)

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 Tax Office (ATO) is working with Specialisterne to attract the skills and abilities of prospective people on the autism spectrum who can contribute to their workforce. The ATO 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 ATO. These opportunities are entry level roles in Systems Administration.

Specialisterne is proud to have partnered with EPIC Assist, a local Disability Employment Service (DES) who will be co-facilitating Training and Assessment and providing program support for the Federal Talent Hub Program. For more details on this, please see below in the “more information” section.

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
  • 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 Analysts, Systems Administration or related area
  • Desirable: An understanding of programming languages and/or testing – Python, Java, SQL, C# and others desirable


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.

Specialisterne is proud to have partnered with EPIC Assist, a local Canberra-based Disability Employment Service (DES) who will be co-facilitating Training and Assessment and providing program support for the Federal Talent Hub Program. Please note that it is a requirement that any candidate who is selected for employment with Specialisterne following the 4-week Training and Assessment Program must register with EPIC Assist for employment support. If you are linked with another DES, you will need to request a transfer to EPIC Assist if you are selected for employment. If you are not linked with a DES, you will need to register with EPIC Assist if you are selected for employment.

For further information on EPIC Assist https://epicassist.org/


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

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

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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