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The long-term aim of Specialisterne is to develop a sustainable and ongoing program that will offer people on the autism spectrum a talent pathway into public service work.

Services Australia and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) partnered with Specialisterne to attract the skills and abilities of prospective people on the autism spectrum who can contribute to their workforce.


The agencies recognise that one of their greatest assets is the diversity their staff bring to the organisation. By embracing their differences, they support everyone to realise their full potential.


The agencies continue to focus on building a culture of inclusiveness and making the necessary cultural changes to align with the transformed employee experience. 

Melbourne, December 2019

65 applications were received for 10 job roles based in Melbourne.  5 of the job positions were at the ATO for 3 IT Test Analysts, 1 Application Developer and 1 Data Analyst.  Services Australia had 5 job roles available with 2 positions for Tactical Intelligence Officers, 2 Data Analyst and 1 Predictive Analyst.

Brisbane, March 2020

Brisbane attracted 67 applications for 8 jobs with 4 positions at Services Australia and 4 positions at the ATO.  The job roles at Services Australia were for 1 Operational Intelligence Officer, 1 Tactical Intelligence Officer and 2 Technical Analysts.  At the ATO there were 3 Data Engineer positions and 1 Performance Tester.

Canberra, May 2020

There were 5 job roles available through the program for the ATO, these roles were, IT Project Officer, IT Developer, Applications Tester, Performance Tester and Junior Web Applications Developer.  Services Australia were seeking 1 Data Analyst and 1 Predictive Analyst. 

“The support and enthusiasm of Nick, Brett and Natalie from Specialisterne has been fantastic. I knew nothing about autism or being on the spectrum prior to engaging in this program. To think these talented individuals were being overlooked for positions due to standard selection processes is criminal. I appreciate being educated and made aware…”

Manager Services Australia

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