2019 Victoria STEMLabs April Program


Do you have a passion for detecting faults and identifying bugs when looking through websites? Games? Apps? If so, this 3-week program beginning in April might be just the thing for you.

This FREE program is strictly limited to just 10 places and we are looking for some of Melbourne’s most inquisitive minds to participate in a fast-paced 3-week program where you will be applying your inquisitive and investigative mind to a series of technology-based activities using robotics kits in individual and small team challenges.

Specifically, you will be designing, developing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robot innovations that will provide solutions to the challenge themes set by our facilitators. You will create detailed plans for your innovations describing the detail around how you designed, developed and programmed your robot innovation and create test documentation that will act as a user guide for your innovation.

Although you don’t necessarily need previous experience using Lego Mindstorms robots, having at least basic understanding of programming languages such as C#, Python, Java etc would be beneficial. Overall, if you have a passion for details and technology, we encourage you to apply.

About us

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.

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a part of the 3-week training and assessment program with Specialisterne. Please see information below regarding the program.

The Program

Title of Program: 2019 Victoria STEMLabs April Program

Number of places available: 10

Location: 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda Victoria, 3182.

Dates of Training Program: Monday 29th April through to Friday 17th May, 2019. Please note training will not be held on any Tuesday.

Participant requirements:

  • Must be 16 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 Australian residency or citizenship
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week assessment phase beginning Monday 29th April 2019 through to Friday 17th May 2019. Please note training will not be held on any Tuesday.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of St Kilda/Melbourne CBD.

What the program will involve:

The training and assessment program will involve tasks such as:

  • Working individually and in teams to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots.
  • Learning about autism and accommodations that would assist you in a workplace
  • Learning about strategies that would benefit you in a workplace
  • Learning about information services for autistic individuals in Melbourne
  • Learning about workplace experiences from autistic adults

At the end of the program:

  • All applicants who complete the program, will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program accompanied with a candidate profile report to assist in understanding your strengths, preferences and accommodations for the workplace.
  • Specialisterne will also meet with the applicant’s Disability Employment Services Consultant and with the client’s consent, share information about the client’s strengths, preferences, and accommodations in the workplace, to assist the consultant in finding the client a job.
  • If a candidate does not have a Disability Employment Service Consultant then Specialisterne are happy to help the candidate in linking them in with one, should they wish to have one.

The Application Process


Step 1 of application process
Send an email to: applications.au@specialisterne.com including the following two things:

  • A statement that indicates your interest in the program
  • Evidence of a positive ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis i.e., Diagnostic Assessment or a letter from a treating medical practitioner.

Step 2 of application process
Complete the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ILCApril2019

Applications close at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd April, 2019. All successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by Friday 26th April, 2019.

Following the completion of these two steps the applicant will:

  • Receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of their application within 48 hours, during normal working days (i.e., Monday-Friday).


The Selection Process

Please note: Applications for this program are open for individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Any individual aged 16 years or older with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, PDD-NOS, or Autistic disorder may apply.

Stage 1 of selection process

This application (including Step 1 and Step 2 as above).

Stage 2 of selection process

  • If successful, applicants will be invited to complete a three-week training and assessment program to be held at 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda Victoria, 3182. This program will commence on Monday 29th April, 2019 & conclude on Friday 17th May, 2019 and will run between 9.30am – 4.30pm.


  • The assessment program will comprise of three challenges over a three-week period. Weeks 1 through 3 involve individual, group and pair-based challenges using programmable robotics kits, as well as some other tasks and activities.

Applicants at any stage who are not successful will be contacted by Specialisterne.


Key Actions Date
Applications Open Tuesday 9th April, 2019 (now open!)
Applications Close By 1pm, Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Notification to Attend 3-week Training & Assessment Program By 5pm, Friday 26th April
Training & Assessment Program The program will run between Monday 29th April and conclude on Friday 17th May, 2019 between the hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note the program will not be held on any Tuesday.

The program will be held at 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182.



What you need to do now to apply for the STEMLabs Program:


We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as per instructions above.

In the event that you need to contact Specialisterne or have any questions, you can call Georgie Walker on the numbers below.



Georgie Walker

Program Coordinator

Specialisterne Australia

Email: georgie.walker@specialisterne.com

Mobile: 0408 391 523


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