Federal Talent Hub Program – Canberra 2020

Various Government Agencies – Canberra ACT

Applications NOW CLOSED

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.

Various government agencies are working with Specialisterne to attract the skills and abilities of people on the autism spectrum who can contribute to their workforce. These agencies recognise 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 agencies continue 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.

The roles:

Types of roles: Data Analysts, Test Analysts, Software Developers

Number of roles available: TBC

Location of roles: Canberra, ACT

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.

Stage 1 of the selection process

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a one-day workshop in Canberra.
  • The workshop will be held during the week commencing 27 April 2020 and candidates will be allocated to participate on either Wednesday 29 April or Thursday 30 April 2020 between 10am and 4pm.  (Please note this pre-selection workshop may be delivered virtually in response to COVID-19)
  • All applicants who complete the workshops will be contacted and advised of the outcome of the workshops on Thursday 07 May 2020.

Stage 2 of the selection process

  • Selected candidates will be invited to complete a four-week training and assessment program in Canberra.  (This may be delivered completely online in response to COVID 19)
  • The training and assessment program will be held from the week beginning Monday 11 May concluding Friday the 05 of June 2020.
  • All attendees of the training and assessment program will be advised of the outcome of their application on Friday 12 June 2020.

Stage 3 of the selection process

  • Successful candidates will begin work in July/ August 2020.

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 a pre-selection workshop between the hours of 10am–4pm on either date: Wednesday 29 April or Thursday 30 April 2020 between 10am and 4pm in Canberra potentially through virtual delivery.
  • Must be able to attend a 4-week assessment in Canberra beginning Monday 11 May 2020 and must be able to attend each day (online or in person) of the program.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of Canberra.

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 Actions Date
Applications Open Tuesday 3 March 2020
Applications Close 2pm Wednesday 22 April 2020
Notification to attend Pre-Selection Workshop From 2pm Friday 24 April 2020
Pre-Selection Workshop Dates  Wednesday 29 April or Thursday 30 April 2020
Notification to attend Training & Assessment Program From 2pm on 07 May 2020
Training and Assessment Program Monday 11 May 2020 to Friday 05 June 2020
Notification of employment outcome Friday 12 June 2020
Successful candidates commence employment July/Aug 2020

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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