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Software Developer/Engineer: Melbourne, VIC

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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.

Our client is looking to employ and nourish this talent, and they value individuals who are curious, open-minded and wanting to bring their great ideas to the table.  Specialisterne Australia are looking for a Software Developer to join their team on a full time permanent basis.  Our client’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.  They offer flexible working arrangements, discounted health insurance, novated leasing and more.  They have a strong track record of fostering careers by way of internal promotion and career transitions, and they offer complete access to learning and development and mentoring opportunities.

Be yourself. Be the difference.

Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient through information technology, engineering and science. As a large scale prime systems and services integrator, they turn complex data into usable solutions for their customers. In practical terms, they deliver software applications for a wide range of missions in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance domain. They provide critical projects to the Department of Defence whilst supporting the IT environment for the Australian Taxation Office. They also maintain legislative websites for a number of governments.

About the role

As a Software Developer working in an agile development team, your week will involve collaborating and innovating with other talented cross-functional and cross-domain teams on compelling software solutions, constantly refining the approach and methods.  As a talented and valuable member of the team, you will rapidly grow and progress working in a multidisciplinary environment working across a diverse and influential portfolio. This is a rare opportunity to join the team who gets to influence programs today that will redefine the customer’s business tomorrow.

You will ideally enjoy solving moderately complex problems using software related methodologies, processes, standards and tools.  Your week will involve designing software, developing/prototyping, and investigating Enterprise Software systems along with the latest UI/UX technologies and frameworks.  You will also conduct system integration, testing and release/deployment.

As part of your new role, you will contribute to the management and building of DevOps/Agile processes and tools. Working as part of an agile team, you will be expected to coordinate agile life cycle activities and ensure progress is being made with objectives.  Your ability to document your design and engineering work, as well as to gather requirements and design against both business and technical requirements will be highly regarded.

As a Software Developer working with our client, you will be highly encouraged to undertake independent learning to improve your knowledge of software development, and supported to develop your skills and knowledge specific to this role, to ensure you are able to contribute and reach your highest potential.

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.

Leidos’ commitment to inclusion

Leidos’ diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Leidos has 6 values and Inclusion is one of them. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Location of roles

This role is offered in Melbourne, VIC only, however applicants prepared to relocate for employment are encouraged to apply.

Applicant Requirements

Must have

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism Spectrum Disorder; Asperger’s Syndrome; Autistic Disorder or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have proof of Australian Citizenship and agree to background checks
  • Successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a NV-1 security clearance for this role
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of the location of the role you are applying for or willing to relocate if successful.

Should have

  • Obtained a Bachelors 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.
  • 2-4 years 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 Masters Degree in related disciplines

Nice to have

Any of the following skills and experience will be highly regarded, although are not essential for the roles:

  • Ability to work autonomously, take initiative and work as part of an agile team environment using agile development approaches (e.g. SCRUM, Kanban)
  • Experience in Java, .Net and strong understanding in related FOSS frameworks such as SpringBoot, Grails, MicroNaut, Maven, Hibernate, etc.
  • Experience in UX and related technologies such as React, Angular, Redux, Typescript, Javascript, CSS, HTML
  • Experience working in a DevSecOps/Agile environment and related tools
  • Experience with development support tools (e.g. JIRA, Github/Bitbucket, Maven, Bamboo, VisualStudio, Selenium, JUnit)
  • Experience with cloud services and related tools (e.g. AWS, Microsoft Azure, CloudMonitor, CloudWatch, Kubernetes)
  • Strong interest or any experience with cyber security methods and tools (e.g. penetration testing, Snort, ELK stack, SolarWinds, Wireshark)
  • Understanding of cyber security, IT service management, cloud computing, data science, software development and regulatory frameworks
  • Good understanding of the systems delivery lifecycle
  • Broad understanding of full technology stack (e.g. datacentres, network, infrastructure, platform, data, application etc)
  • Great problem solving, looking at things differently, debugging, troubleshooting, and designing & implementing solutions to complex technical issues
  • Strong fundamentals in Mathematics and Computer Science (algorithms)
  • Strong technical and analytical abilities
  • Motivated, focussed, and strong attention to detail
  • Drive and eagerness to learn


Application Process

Before you can apply for jobs through Specialisterne Australia, you must first register with us as an eligible candidate using the form below.  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.
  1. Proof of Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residence Visa. Accepted documents are one of the following:
  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Current Australian Passport
  • Certificate of Australian Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency Visa in Australia (excluding bridging visas)


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.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in activities and assessments delivered by Specialisterne and their our partner employers to determine their suitability for the various opportunities. 

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 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.

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


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