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Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2023: APS5 Cyber Security Analyst Canberra, ACT

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative pathway for people on the autism spectrum to connect with employers who recognise and value the contributions and talents that individuals on the spectrum can bring to their organisations. We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program,, for Cyber Security Analysts from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

About Services Australia

We touch the lives of almost every Australian and we are here to help people meet life’s challenges. Services Australia is responsible for the delivery of advice and high quality, accessible social, health and child support services and payments. We continually build on our foundation of service excellence to shape how government services are delivered to the Australian community. Our task is to modernise the way we work to deliver simple, helpful, respectful and transparent services every time. We offer work that improves the lives of Australians, great working conditions, workplace diversity and inclusion that reflects the community we serve and flexible work practises for work and family life balance.

Aurora offers:

  • An inclusive recruitment process that allows candidates to demonstrate their skills and capacity in a format that removes barriers from traditional recruitment processes

  • 18-month employment contract with a competitive salary

  • Learning and development – including on-the-job and formal training/qualification

  • Ongoing support and coaching throughout the program from an experienced neurodiversity specialist provider

  • A dedicated agency relationship manager.

About the role

APS5 Cyber Security Analyst (2 Vacancies)

About the team – Cyber Operations Branch

The Cyber Operations Branch monitors, analyses, remediates and refers suspicious or malicious cyber events impacting Services Australia, other government agencies/departments as part of shared services arrangements and the broader cyber security community nationally and internationally. A part of the Cyber operations Branch is the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) team which is the first line of defence against cyber security events. CSOC Analysts are responsible for monitoring and analysis of the network, referring suspicious or malicious events to Incident responders or Cyber threat hunt team members who handle the remediation of cyber incidents and proactive investigation of threats. The team work to contain, eradicate and recover from Cyber events affecting the agency.


The roles are full-time, non-ongoing/ongoing, non-ongoing contracts for up to 18 months.

Location of role

These roles are located in Greenway, Canberra, ACT

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2023

APS5 Cyber Security Analyst | Canberra, ACT

Please Note: All applications must go through Specialisterne Australia. Our partner employers do not handle applications directly for these opportunities.

What you will do

The Cyber Security Operations team is the first line of defence in the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC). They are responsible for monitoring, analysis, remediation and referral of suspicious or malicious cyber events impacting Services Australia and its shared service agencies. All Security Analysts are required to exercise independence, initiative and judgment in the assessment of cyber security events.

A Security Analyst is expected to complete complex tasks under limited direction against established priorities and procedures. Employees in this role are responsible for making decisions relating to detection and response of cyber events, based on technical knowledge, best practice, research and analysis. This role requires in-depth knowledge of cyber security fundamentals to accurately determine impact, relevance and urgency on cyber security incidents.

As a Cyber Security Analyst, you will work as part of a multi-skilled team to:

  • Have accountability for tasks and decisions and supports less experienced employees in achieving their goals through the provision of guidance and quality assurance.

  • Develop plans and objectives for short-term tasks of the work area and contribute to strategic planning for longer-term initiatives of the section.

  • Make decisions within defined parameters and set new precedents based on sound subject matter knowledge and professional judgement.

  • Identify problems or issues and resolve or establish treatments to mitigate.

  • Contribute to the setting of the direction of work priorities and practices, monitoring work flow and identifying training needs for lower classification levels.

  • Ensure knowledge of and compliance with legislative, financial and administrative frameworks, government decision-making processes and agency guidelines and regulations.

What you should have

These things are important to have:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced Agile team environment

  • Ability to think critically and have solid problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work on tasks autonomously and seek assistance when required

  • Good time-management skills

  • Effective communication skills, ability to convey messages, both verbal and written

  • Good attention to details

  • Positive attitude towards learning new technologies and products

  • A background in IT, either professionally or academically, with knowledge of an Agile project delivery lifecycle

  • Ability to analyse business requirements and design documentation

  • Ability to interact with client and Services Australia project stakeholders, including team leads

What is nice to have: These things are not essential, but if you have them that’s great:

  • Obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering; Software Development; Information Technology; Systems Engineering; Computer Science; Network Security; Data and Analytics; Mathematics; Statistics; Engineering; Business; Software Development; Cyber Security or related disciplines or have relatable real-world experience in same or similar fields.

  • A strong interest or experience in any of the following or related fields: Systems Testing, Applications Development, Data Analytics, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Systems Administration, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing (AWS, Azure, Linux, Docker, Kubernetes), DevOps, Networking, Engineering, Business, or in related disciplines

  • Passion for cyber security, learning, and knowledge sharing

  • Previous experience in governance & compliance or cyber security role would be desirable

  • Proactive in following the assurance process

  • Understanding of Security Risk and Compliance i.e., PSPF, ISM controls at the PROTECTED level

  • Understanding of Security Compliance Frameworks

  • Knowledge of Cloud Security Architecture

  • Understanding of Application Security Fundamentals

  • Understanding of Infrastructure Security Management

  • Knowledge of Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)

  • Understanding of the cyber security threat landscape i.e., prevalent vulnerabilities, threats, attack methods

  • Understanding of computer and network security

  • Work in a changing environment

  • Communicate and convey key messages, verbal and written

What you must have To apply for these roles, these things are essential:

  • 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). ‘Specialisterne may be required to provide evidence of your diagnosis to Services Australia to confirm your eligibility for the program.’

  • Must have proof of Australian Citizenship and agree to background checks

  • Must be able to obtain a Baseline security clearance

  • Must live (or be willing to relocate to) a daily commutable distance to Greenway, Canberra, ACT.

Application process:

Step 1

Before you can apply for jobs through Specialisterne Australia, you must first register with us as an eligible candidate using the form on this page. You only need to do this once, existing candidates already registered using this form can proceed to login at the candidate portal. To commence the registration process, please make sure you have the required documents stated below:

  1. Evidence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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

  • Certificate of Australian Citizenship

Step 2


Upload your documents using the form provided on this page below. A member of our team will check your eligibility and you will then be sent a link to complete an online registration form with Specialisterne Australia. After you have completed your registration form, you will be sent a link to the candidate portal to upload supporting documents and apply for our jobs.


If you have already registered as an eligible candidate with Specialisterne Australia using the form below and have an account, you can login to your account in the candidate portal to apply for the jobs or opportunities you are most interested in. A link to the candidate portal is contained in the form provided on this page below.

Step 3

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in activities and assessments delivered by Specialisterne and Services Australia to determine their suitability for the various opportunities. Talk to us if you need some flexibility to participate in these, particularly if you cannot attend because of work or study commitments.

Step 4

At the conclusion of the activities, successful candidates will be offered employment. If you are unsuccessful, you may be considered for other Specialisterne opportunities.

Activities will be delivered in-person and online in a virtual assessment centre environment and therefore candidates are expected to have use of their own computer with a webcam and microphone and have access to the internet.

About Specialisterne Australia

Specialisterne Australia exists because autistic candidates are being overlooked for employment, largely due to the many barriers that autistic candidates come up against when competing for employment in typical recruitment practices.

Specialisterne has created an end-to-end recruitment and employee support framework that removes those typically found barriers, and replaces them with practical, demonstrative assessments and activities whereby candidates, over a patient process, have the opportunity to:

  • better understand the requirements of the roles they are competing for to assess if they are the right opportunities for them

  • meet team members and managers throughout the process

  • connect with others who have previously gained employment via this program

  • demonstrate through practical assessments and activities their motivation and suitability for the available roles over a patient process

  • ‘show’ what they can do (not just tell someone what you can do)

At Specialisterne Australia our values are Respect, Clarity, Accommodation, and Accessibility. We keep these in mind in all that we do. We work with our partner employers to promote and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce.

To support you further throughout your journey, we provide a mentor and buddy, and we work with you to tailor an individual plan to accommodate your needs in the workplace, also providing a period of support for both you and your future employer, ensuring a successful transition into your new role.

More information:

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Aurora Neurodiversity Program

A pathway for people with autism to start their career in the Australian Public Service (APS) with opportunities in Services Australia.

The Aurora Neurodiversity Program (the Program) recognises the unique skills and talents people who are neurodivergent can bring to work. The Program seeks to improve career outcomes and offers professional development and work experience by providing a gateway to the APS.

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