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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.

We are excited to partner with a leading Canberra technology-based company in their search for a Software Developer from our community of autistic candidates.

About the employer

Located in Canberra we are a well-established, technology-based company providing important web-based enterprise management solutions for a wide range of clients across regional Australia. 

Our organisational culture is built on honesty, respect and integrity, which has seen us create exceptional rapport within our team. We are now excited to bring on another team member who shares in our values. 

We have a supportive culture that values work-life balance with a fresh perspective on the meaning of a team and our working environment. We operate from a modern office based in Mitchell, ACT with on-site parking.

About the team

You will be an integral part of the team delivering innovative technology solutions for our clients. We have a team of 16 staff across the organisation and you will be working directly with four other members of your team. We offer our employees full in-house training with a wide variety of work, which is both challenging and fulfilling.

About the role

Job titles

Software Developer


The role is full-time (38 hours a week), but part-time (minimum 22 hours a week) may be considered for the right candidate. The length and terms of the contract will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Location of role

The role is located in Mitchell, ACT. The successful candidate will be expected to work in the Mitchell office. 


We are looking for a talented Software Developer to join our family-friendly team in Canberra. You will be working on innovative technology projects alongside experienced colleagues. 

What you will do

As a Software Developer, you will be responsible for:

  • Developing Java and SQL systems.
  • Front-end web authoring using HTML and CSS.
  • System administration tasks on Linux servers.
  • Installation, configuration and maintenance of the web-based and in-field products.
  • Supporting the Production Team to resolve technical issues and keep projects on track.
  • Contributing to technical project documentation.
  • Contributing ideas and technical expertise to identify ways to improve the product and company processes.

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.


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

Location of roles

These roles are offered in Mitchell, Canberrra, ACT only, however applicants prepared to relocate for employment are encouraged to apply.

Applicant Requirements

Must have

To apply for these roles, these things are essential:

  • 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 be willing to undertake a police check if shortlisted for the role.
  • Must be a permanent Australian resident. 
  • Must live within a daily commutable distance to Toowong, Brisbane, or willing to relocate if successful.

Should have

These things are important to have:

  • Expertise and enthusiasm for software development.
  • Sound knowledge and skills in Java, SQL, web development and version control.
  • Working knowledge of Linux system administration.
  • Willingness to contribute to technical documentation.
  • Ability to work both as a team player and independently.
  • An understanding of our client requirements and clearly explain technical information.
  • Sound organisational, time management and prioritisation skills.
  • Ability to work with competing priorities.

Nice to have

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

  • A tertiary education in Information Technology, software development or other relevant discipline.
  • Willingness to undertake further training.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365 online.
  • Competent with spreadsheets.


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 a 1-day practical screening workshop where they will find out more about the roles and undertake activities and assessments to determine their suitability for the various opportunities.

Following the 1-day workshop, Specialisterne will select a number of candidates to advance to the final stage of the recruitment process, the Talent Program. Candidates will be involved in a range of activities and assessments delivered by Specialisterne and our partner employers.

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

Both the Screening Workshops and Talent Program 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 for the duration of the program.

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


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