NSW Public Service Commission Tailored Talent Progarm

Applications NOW CLOSED

Specialisterne Australia connects people on the autism spectrum with employers who recognise their valuable contributions and talents.

Applicants can demonstrate their skills and abilities, directly to employers in a practical, hands-on environment.  This is conducted through a tailored workshop and assessment program.

The New South Wales Public Service Commission (NSW PSC) is working with Specialisterne Australia to attract the skills, talents and abilities of prospective people on the autism spectrum, who can contribute to a number of employment opportunities across several New South Wales Government agencies.


The NSW Government is a proud employer of a diverse range of people. It is committed to reflecting the diverse community it serves and creating an inclusive workplace for all people, where everyone feels valued. Every individual brings their own range of skills and perspectives to the workplace. The NSW PSC values the mutual benefits to both the incoming candidates sourced through the Tailored Talent Program and the valuable skills and abilities people on the autism spectrum can offer.

Specialisterne is working with various New South Wales Government agencies to source suitably skilled and motivated candidates to fill a number of roles predominantly across the IT sector but also within the STEM, Medicine and Finance space. 

These opportunities include roles such as:

  • Cyber Security
  • Test Analyst
  • Financial Analyst/Accounting
  • Data Analyst 
  • IT Technicians
  • IT HelpDesk and Support
  • IT Networking
  • Systems Configuration
  • Medical Laboratory Assistants

Applicants must be confident using public transport and willing to travel across Sydney including the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Randwick and Westmead. Where possible successful candidates will be placed at locations most accessible to them.

Step 1 of the application process

Make sure you have your documents ready before you begin:

  1. Evidence of a positive 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 / Australian permanent residency

Click this link to encrypt and upload your evidence of diagnosis and citizenship documents securely: Register for this opportunity with Specialisterne Australia

You’ll be sent an instant notification on successful upload and we’ll do our best to verify your documents within an hour during normal business hours.  Please allow extra time to review and confirm your documentation, particularly during busy periods or over weekends.

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.

Steps 2-3 of the application process

Once we’ve reviewed and verified your documentation from Step 1, you’ll be sent a link and asked to complete an application for this opportunity. Please keep an eye on your email folders.

Once you have finished 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 some details about your skills.


Steps 1 to 3 must be completed before 12noon Thursday 5th March 2020. You will receive acknowledgement of your application within two business days. All applicants will be advised of the outcome Friday 28th February 2020.

Step 1 of the selection process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a one-day pre-selection workshop in the inner-Sydney suburb of Burwood between 10am–4pm on either Tuesday 3rd March, Wednesday 4th March, Thursday 5th March or Friday 6th March 2020.

All pre-selection workshop attendees will be notified of the outcome before 4pm Wednesday 11 March 2020.

Step 2 of the selection process

Selected candidates are invited to attend a 3-week training and assessment program in Burwood which runs each day from Monday 16th March to Friday 3rd April 2020 from 10am-4pm.

The program involves individual, group and pair-based challenges using technology-based tools, employer-led tools and on-site shadowing.

Work placements will be scheduled to take place during the period beginning Monday 6th April and concluding late April.

Step 3 of the selection process

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their assessment by late April/early May 2020.  Offers of employment are made to successful candidates and ongoing workplace mentoring and support is provided by Specialisterne Australia and the employers.

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 disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent right to work in Australia (Permanent Resident)
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment clearances including: National Criminal History Check; Drug and Alcohol Screening*, Pre-Employment Medical*; other National and/or Federal-level pre-employment vetting as required
  • Must be able to attend a one day pre-selection workshop between 10am–4pm on either Tuesday 3rd March, Wednesday 4th March, Thursday 5th March or Friday 6th March 2020.
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week training and assessment program beginning Monday 16th March 2020 and must be able to attend each day of the program (from 16th March to 3rd April 2020)
  • Following the 3-week training and assessment program, must be available for attending a one day work placement at one or more agencies to be scheduled at a convenient time during the period beginning Monday 6th of April and concluding late April.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area or be happy to relocate at own expense. We encourage applicants from Australia-wide. 

*note that not all of the roles and agencies require these checks. More specific information regarding which types of clearances apply to which opportunities will be made available during the program. Anyone wishing to find out more about these pre-employment checks prior to the program commencing can request this information via email.

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 


  • Have real-world experience in IT, including software development or testing practices, computer hardware/technician experience
  • Qualifications or a strong interest in any of the following: General IT Programming, Cyber Security, IT Security, Analysing and Sorting Data, Programming/Coding, Biology, Medicine
  • 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

Applications open   4th February 2020
Applications close   5th March 2020 at 12noon
Advised of outcome for pre-selection workshops  28th February 2020
Pre-selection workshops  3rd or 4th or 5th or 6th of March 2020
Notification to attend Training & Assessment program   By 4pm on 11th March 2020   
Training and Assessment program  16th March to 9th April 2020
Advised of outcome for employment  Late April/early May 2020
Commencement of employment   From June 2020

 More information

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Halpin: kate.halpin@specialisterne.com 

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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