Federal Talent Hub Program – National 2020

Government Agency – Various Locations Nationally

Adelaide SA, Albury NSW, Box Hill VIC, Canberra ACT, Penrith NSW, Wollongong NSW

Applications NOW CLOSED

Various roles across NSW, SA, ACT and VIC with a Federal Agency

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative for people on the autism spectrum 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.

A government agency is working with Specialisterne to attract the skills and abilities of people on the autism spectrum who can contribute to their workforce. The agency recognises that one of their greatest assets is the diversity their staff bring to the organisation. By embracing individual differences, they support everyone to realise their full potential.

Furthermore, the agency continues to focus on building a culture of inclusiveness and making the necessary cultural changes to align with the transformed employee experience, and values the mutual benefits to both the incoming candidates sourced through the Federal Talent Hub Program and the valuable skills and abilities people on the autism spectrum can offer in their critical services.

This national program will be delivered online and the locations and roles are as follows:

South Australia

  • Data Scientist: 1 position based in Adelaide
  • Data Engineer: 2 positions based in Adelaide
  • IT Systems Analyst 1 position based in Adelaide

New South Wales

  • Relationship Officer: 1 position based in Penrith
  • Data Analyst: 1 position based in Albury
  • Test/Systems Analyst or IT Developer: 1 position based in Wollongong


  • Data Analyst: 1 position based in Box Hill

Australian Capital Territory

  • Project Officer: 1 position based in Canberra

The Application Process

Step 1 of the application process

Make sure you have your 2 documents ready before you begin:

  1. Evidence of a positive autism, ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis. Evidence could be a Diagnostic Assessment or a letter from a treating medical practitioner.
  2. Proof of Australian Citizenship. Accepted documents are one of the following:
    • Australian Birth Certificate
    • Current Australian Passport, or
    • Certificate of Australian Citizenship

Click this link to encrypt and upload your documents securely: https://www.register.specialisterne.com.au

We’ll do our best to verify your documents within an hour during normal business hours.  Please allow for extra time during busy periods and over weekends.

Step 2 of application process

While we verify your documentation, you can get a few more things ready to help with your application:

A letter of application, CV or resume OR a document of any format that lets us know about any experience (paid or unpaid). Interests and skills you have related to the roles is OK.

Step 3 of the application process

Once we’ve reviewed and verified your documentation, you’ll be sent a link and asked to complete an online application. Please keep an eye on your email folders.

Using the link provided, complete the online application. Once you have completed the application, you will then have the opportunity to upload any supporting documents such as a CV, cover letter or other documents and fill out details about your skills.

Please note:

Applications are open for individuals who are on the autism spectrum and have Australian citizenship. Any individuals without a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or Autistic disorder and do not have proof of Australian citizenship are not eligible to apply.

Participation in the pre-assessment workshop and assessment centre program will be delivered via a virtual platform. To participate in either the virtual pre-assessment workshop or virtual assessment centre you will need the following:

  • An internet connection
  • A computer or tablet with up to date browsers
  • A microphone and camera 

The Selection Process

Stage 1 of the selection process

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete one of the 2 day virtual workshop either attending;
    • Group 1 Monday & Tuesday 09-10 Nov 2020 10:00am -3:00pm or
    • Group 2 Wednesday -Thursday 11-12 Nov 2020 from 10:00am- 3:00pm
  • The pre-assessment will also include a one on one discussion with program facilitators and some technical assessments that can be completed in your own time before 5pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020. More information will be provided to shortlisted applicants.
  • All applicants who complete the workshops will be contacted and advised of the outcome of the workshops on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Stage 2 of the selection process

  • Selected candidates will be invited to complete a virtual 3-week assessment centre program.
  • The 3-week assessment centre program will be held from the week beginning Monday 23 November concluding Friday 11 December 2020.
  • All applicants who participate in the assessment centre program will be advised of the outcome of their application on Friday 18 December 2020.

Stage 3 of the selection process

  • Successful candidates will begin work early February 2021.

Applicants at any stage who are not successful will be contacted by a member of the Specialisterne team and put in contact with local employment services.

Click here to Register for this opportunity with Specialisterne Australia

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or over.
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have proof of Australian Citizenship from one document below: Australian Birth Certificate
  • Current Australian Passport, or
  • Certificate of Australian Citizenship
  • Will have to satisfy the suitability requirements of the Government Agencies and complete Pre-Employment and Australian Government Security Clearances at the end of the selection process
  • Must able to attend on of the pre-selection workshops between the hours of 10am–3pm on either Monday 09 November or Wednesday 11 November 2020
  • Must be able to attend a 3-week virtual assessment beginning Monday 23 Nov 2020 and must be able to attend each day online.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of the location of the role you are applying for or willing to relocate if successful at your own expense.

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

  • Bachelor’s 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 or Software Testing, Applications Development, Software Development, Data Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Systems Analysis, Systems Administration, Fraud, Criminology, Risk Analysis
  • An understanding of programming languages and/or testing – Python, Java, SQL, C# and others desirable

Click here to Register for this opportunity with Specialisterne Australia

Key dates:

Key ActionsDate
Applications OpenTuesday 06 Oct 2020
Applications Close5pm Wednesday 04 Nov 2020
Notification to attend Pre-Selection WorkshopFrom 2pm on Thursday 05 Nov2020
Pre-Selection Workshop DatesGroup 1: Monday 9 – Tuesday 10 Nov 2020

Group 2: Wednesday 11 – Thursday 12 Nov 2020

Scheduled 30 minute one on one chat on either Friday 13 Nov or Monday 16 Nov
Notification to attend Assessment ProgramFrom 2pm on Thursday 19 Nov 2020
3 Week Assessment ProgramWeek 1: Monday 23 – Friday 27 Nov 2020

Week 2: Monday 30 Nov – Friday 4 Dec 2020

Week 3: Monday 7 – Friday 11 Dec 2020
Notification of employment outcomeFriday 18 December 2020
Successful candidates commence employmentEarly February 2021


We are looking forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact Michele McKell on michele.mckell@specialisterne.com or 0432 023 441 or Nick Giustino on nick.giustino@specialisterne.com or 0478 848 623.

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

Our vision at Specialisterne Australia is to create a world where people are given equal opportunities in the labour market. We actively promote the employment of autistic and neurodiverse employees within the workplace, along with people with a disability, gender diversity and the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We welcome and encourage applications from all people.

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