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Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2023: APS5 Data Administrator 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 Data Administrators 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 Data Administrator (3 Vacancies)

About the team – Application Infrastructure Branch

The Application Infrastructure Branch is responsible for the provisioning and support of effective and efficient IT services. This includes managing the technology, tools and software needed to deliver these services to our customers.

We provide value to our business by focusing on service stability through resolving service issues, fixing problems, providing advanced monitoring solutions, and performing routine operational maintenance.


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

Location of role

These roles are located in Canberra, ACT

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2023

APS5 Data Administrator | 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

Database Administrator describes the function which supports the delivery of technical landscape design, installation, configuration, deployment, technical security and operation of ICT components and databases.

Database Administrators are proficient with system databases, data elements, application software, and other tool sets to develop enterprise data solutions. They use their experience and proficiency across several contemporary ICT systems, servers, coding languages and databases. The Database Administrator works under the support and general direction of senior staff and makes decisions within defined legislative and policy parameters. They exercise a degree of discretion when interpreting and applying procedures and guidelines. The Database Administrator undertakes their work to achieve results in line with agreed goals and business plans.

As a Database Administrator, you will work as part of a multi-skilled team. Duties may include some or all of the following:

  • Monitor and maintain ICT software, and assist with system tests under supervision of senior staff

  • Help define and operate backup, high availability and disaster recovery solutions for ICT systems

  • Perform the administration and operation of the database solution

  • Perform technical operations for ICT solutions and interfaces

  • Assist with maintenance of technical system information in service tools

  • Assist with daily monitoring activities including load testing and performance

  • Assist with problem management and root cause analysis

  • Support technical change management

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of ICT related legislation, policy and processes

  • Prepare draft documentation for review by senior staff

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure effective and timely implementation of ticket resolution

  • Exercise delegation in accordance with legislation and guidelines.

What you should have

These things are important to have:

  • build rapport and maintain stakeholder relationships

  • investigate and respond to identified issues and escalate as needed

  • prioritise competing tasks and work collaboratively to see tasks through to completion

  • communicate confidently and present messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner

  • manage time and organise work against performance expectations and contribute towards teamwork plans

  • undertake analysis and draw accurate conclusions based on evidence

  • research and make sound decisions based on sound subject matter knowledge and judgement

  • work independently and as part of a team under general direction

  • adapt to a changing environment and assist others

  • identify expectations and concerns.

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

  • Have practical and advanced experience working with data and coding, in particular data extraction techniques using different products and languages including Structured Query Language (SQL), Python, R, SAS and advanced Microsoft Excel

  • Are interested in or have studied and understand the software development lifecycle, computer science, mathematics, statistics or coding, etc. at a relatively advanced level

  • Have a basic understanding of machine learning and unsupervised machine learning

  • Enjoy working in a technical landscape and assisting in the design, development and implementation of data analytics solutions for end users

  • Are creative thinkers, with the ability to explore and assist with implementing technical solutions

  • Can communicate and convey key messages, verbal and written

  • Display attention to detail

  • Love problem solving and enjoy performing some research and analysis activities

  • Can work as part of a team

  • Can work in a changing environment

SFIA skills required:

  • Analytics (INAN) (Level 3): Undertakes analytical activities and delivers analysis outputs, in accordance with customer needs and conforming to agreed standards.

  • Requirements definition and management (REQM) (Level 3): Defines and manages scoping, requirements definition and prioritisation activities for small-scale changes and assists with more complex change initiatives. Follows agreed standards, applying appropriate techniques to elicit and document detailed requirements. Provides constructive challenge to stakeholders as required. Prioritises requirements and documents traceability to source. Reviews requirements for errors and omissions. Provides input to the requirements baseline. Investigates, manages and applies authorised requests for changes to base-lined requirements, in line with change management policy.

  • Data modelling and design (DTAN) (Level 3): Applies data analysis, design, modelling, and quality assurance techniques, based upon a detailed understanding of business processes, to establish, modify or maintain data structures and associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions). Advises database designers and other application development team members on the details of data structures and associated components.

  • Database design (DBDS) (Level 3): Develops appropriate physical database or data warehouse design elements, within set policies, to meet business change or development project data requirements. Interprets installation standards to meet project needs and produces database or data warehouse component specifications

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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