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Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2023: APS5 Learning Advisor Brisbane, QLD

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 a Learning Advisor 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 Learning Advisor (1 Vacancy)

About the team – The Service Delivery Learning Branch

The Service Delivery Learning Branch is part of the agency's Learning Academy and works with stakeholders to build world class service delivery skills.

The Service Delivery Learning Branch:

  • analyses service delivery capability gaps in the context of short and long term workforce needs

  • develops learning and career pathways

  • designs learning experiences in consultation with key stakeholders

  • pilots learning experiences to allow adjustments prior to full-scale implementation

  • works with stakeholders to coordinate learning demand and delivery with workforce supply initiatives and workforce strategy

  • evaluates the effectiveness and quality of learning outcomes

  • undertakes ongoing, proactive reviews of learning and development experiences.


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

Location of role

These roles are located in Brisbane, QLD

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2023

APS5 Learning Advisor | Brisbane, QLD

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 Learning Adviser's role is to provide support in planning, curating, implementing, evaluating and managing capability development solutions. They provide high-level advice and apply contemporary knowledge of learning and development principles.

A key requirement is to build and maintain professional relationships with stakeholders, work collaboratively and share best practice. Learning Advisers work under the general direction of senior staff and exercise a degree of independent judgement when making decisions.

They consider competing priorities when planning their work and contribute to changes in workplace practices and business improvement strategies.

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

  • contribute to the work area’s improvement initiatives and projects

  • provide high level advice and support regarding capability development solutions

  • contribute to, and support, the curation, design and development of content including digital and mobile solutions

  • undertake learning project support that contributes to capability development

  • coordinate the provision of learning solutions, from a range of providers

  • provide high level advice and support on learning technologies • assist with the provision of training administration, support and coordination of activities

  • gather and document user insights

  • perform objective research and analysis of learning data that informs recommendations for improvements

  • assist with the development of reports and corporate documentation

  • undertake quality assurance activities

  • represent the work area at meetings and other workplace events

  • contribute to activities that build team capability

  • contribute to work area improvements including team plans, procedures, tools or business process improvements

  • exercise appropriate delegations in accordance with legislation and guidelines.

What you should have

These things are important to have:

Ability to:

  • pay attention to detail, conduct quality assurance activities, provide feedback on performance and identify and report on trends

  • make effective use of agile methodologies that contribute to improvements in team performance

  • build and maintain stakeholder relationships

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

  • innovate, create and challenge traditional ways of thinking

  • perform objective and systematic research and analysis

  • remain positive and respond to pressure in a calm manner

  • identify problems or issues and resolve or establish treatments to mitigate

  • assist with quality assurance activities and identify and manage risk

  • contribute positively to strategic planning and decision making within the team

  • manage time, organise work against performance expectations

  • identify own development needs and contribute to the team’s capability development

  • contribute to team development, performance and continuous improvement

  • can work in a changing environment.

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

  • Love problem solving

  • Enjoy performing research and analysis activities

  • Can communicate and convey key messages, verbal and written

  • Can work as part of a team

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the agency and its strategic environment

  • contemporary adult learning and development principles

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

  • relevant business systems and tools, including Microsoft and Adobe

  • the agency's privacy, ethics, workplace health and safety guidelines and security protocols

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 Brisbane.

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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