Candidate Story

Annaliese

“When I found out about Specialisterne, I was so relieved because I knew their program would give me a chance at employment without worrying how or when I would disclose my autism to my employer, and whether they would provide support for my sensory needs and differences in the way I work.”

Annaliese

I am a stay at home mum to three young children. After the birth of my first born I left employment, and after 10 years, I have decided to try to get back into the workforce. My background is in IT, and I am an artist in my spare time.

Why am I different?

Last year I was diagnosed with autism. It clarified so many things that made me wonder why I was different to others, but it also gave me a sense of relief, and freedom to embrace my autistic identity.

I had spent much of my life masking (which is attempting to disguise my autistic traits), and after being diagnosed I was able to trace back periods of burn out and depression with excessive masking.

Autistic strengths

I have also learned about the strengths that come from being Autistic. For example, I have a highly curious mind that loves to know the ins and outs of how things work, and I can apply that knowledge to problem solving in sometimes surprising ways.

I also have great attention to detail and having senses that filter information differently to the norm means I often pick up on things that others do not.

Another strength I have is my ability to empathise. It is a bit of a myth that autistic people do not have empathy, it is that empathy is often expressed differently by autistic people. In the workplace that high level of empathy means I strive to meet the needs of clients.

Disclose my autism?

the beginning of the year, I started job hunting, but was frightened about whether or not I should disclose my Autism diagnosis, whether I would get support, or whether I would even make it through an interview.

When I found out about Specialisterne, I was so relieved because I knew their program would give me a chance at employment without worrying how or when I would disclose my autism to my employer, and whether they would provide support for my sensory needs and differences in the way I work.

The training that Specialisterne is providing has greatly boosted my confidence by gradually challenging me to step outside of my comfort zone. The long break from the workforce had made me unsure of my abilities, but through the encouragement of both Specialisterne staff and the other candidates, I feel like I have a chance at employment, and really contributing with the strengths and abilities that come from being autistic.

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Check out some of our current opportunities below 

Aurora Neurodiversity Program

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 3 – 2022 (x8 roles): Melbourne-Dandenong, VIC

Specialisterne Australia is excited to be partnering with Services Australia (the agency) to deliver the Aurora Neurodiversity Program 2022. We are looking to recruit individuals interested in cyber security, test engineer, technical engineer, solutions design and developer roles from our community of talented autistic candidates.

The agency recognises every story counts. Each individual brings their own range of skills and perspectives to the workplace.

The agency values inclusion and diversity and supports staff to reach their full potential.

APS5 Project Officer (EPO): Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for a Project Officer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Enterprise Project Office (EPO) enables the coordination of the agency’s portfolio of registered programmes and projects. The EPO manages the agency’s Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (P3M) Framework and practices and provides support for registered programmes and projects. The EPO also provides portfolio reporting and analysis to strategic committees.

You will be an integral component of the Reporting team working to support the development of Executive reporting products. This is an exciting time to be coming on board as we take steps to fundamentally rethink P3M reporting. This role will offer a wide variety of work which is both challenging and fulfilling, opening up a multitude of opportunities for the right person.

Project Coordinator: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Project Coordinator from our community of autistic candidates.

The Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with project teams and coordinates the development of project related information for the efficient and on-time delivery of projects.

The role performs project management coordination and support activities to contribute to the development and delivery of a range of projects in line with established objectives.

Systems Engineer – Entry Level (Grade 7): Macquarie Park, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Systems Engineer – Entry Level from our community of autistic candidates.

The primary purpose of the role is to support projects in the tailoring and implementation of Systems Engineering methodologies to ensure business needs are articulated clearly and that solutions developed meet functional, engineering and safety standards.

The Systems Engineer – Entry Level will develop a sound understanding of the breadth and complexities of the project activities across Technical Services and the operating environment. They will work cooperatively and proactively with organisations interfacing with the project and build solid working relationships and partnerships.

Data Analyst: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Data Analyst from our community of autistic candidates.

The Data Analyst will be responsible for achieving and maintaining high standards of service delivery in liaison with clients and team members, managing time and prioritising issues, and dealing with work peaks and pressures.

The role requires a good level of attention to detail but has very strong support around it where the team member can seek assistance.

The role will also involve tasks that are repetitive and follow routines.
While the role requires good knowledge of working with data and analytics, regular training will be provided to become familiar with our processes and systems.

APS4 Associate Rules Developer (x2 roles): Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for an Associate Rules Developer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

Services Australia are transforming the way government delivers welfare services to Australians, taking advantage of new and emerging technology to provide services that are simple to use and targeted to customer needs.

he Rules Developer team is responsible for assisting the project’s delivery team to analyse, develop, enhance, integrate, review, test, maintain, and document new entitlements rules in support of business and technical requirements.

APS5 Data Analyst: Dandenong, VIC

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for a Data Analyst from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

You will be working in a team who is responsible for the collection, analysis and reporting data for an entire Division.

The Data Analyst understands customer’s data requirements and can analyse matching scenarios within the data management tools. They support the control of data management processes and perform administrative, technical, and customising tasks in the data environment.

As an integral part of a data analytics team, you will be involved across several projects, with duties ranging from data collation, analytics, stakeholder management, data visualisation, to provide support to initiative leads across the Debt and Integrity Projects Division.

APS4-6 Analyst Officer: Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for an Analyst Officer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Requirements Management team is responsible for assisting the project’s delivery teams to define requirements for software development, ensure the project’s compliance to the agency’s requirements frameworks, and provide general analyst support for project delivery. They work under the general direction of senior staff and in multi-disciplinary delivery teams.

The Analyst Officer works across a range of business areas and provide support to delivery teams by assisting in collecting, designing, analysing and reporting information. They analyse datasets with a variety of tools to research and solve organisational issues and identify trends and insights in support of organisational outcomes.

Project Development Officer: Parramatta, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Project Development Officer from our community of autistic candidates.

The role is responsible for supporting the early development of road and bridge infrastructure projects through to completion of the detailed concept design and environmental approval.

The Project Development Officer is responsible for working effectively within large project teams to support project development staff in achieving optimum project outcomes.

APS4 Intelligence Support Officer (x2 roles): Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for Intelligence Support Officers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Intelligence and Investigations Branch is primarily involved in detecting and investigating cases of fraud relating to Medicare, Child Support and welfare programs. The Real Time Analysis team’s primary focus is on preventing fraud and protect the Australian public by providing a timely, and effective pre-payment analysis functionality. To do this we undertake near real-time checks on claims before they are paid to determine if the claim involves fraud.

One of the goals of the Real Time Analysis team is to act as an APS4 entry point for Intelligence Analysts into the branch, providing a development pathway for staff to progress to other Intelligence teams. The team is fun with plenty of tasks for you to learn and try new things. Come along and join us!

Transport for NSW Tailored Talent Program 2022

Specialisterne Australia is delighted to be partnering again with Transport for NSW to deliver the Transport for NSW Tailored Talent Program 2022!

Through this program we are looking to recruit individuals interested in the areas of data analysis, systems engineering, project management and administration from our community of autistic candidates.

Project Manager: Macquarie Park, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Project Manager from our community of autistic candidates.

The role leads and delivers high level project support to ensure the efficient functioning of the senior executive management and their respective Division. This includes managing all cross-functional issues affecting the group such as safety, financial, project processes, reporting, strategic planning and organisational improvement.

The Project Manager will guide and co-ordinate the project planning process for the Division, ensuring alignment with corporate strategies and initiatives.

APS5 Project Officer (DIP): Dandenong, VIC

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program, for a Project Officer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Debt and Integrity projects (DIP) Division is responsible for delivering a transformation agenda that includes supporting to modernise our business and services. Our transformation agenda emphasises the user experience of welfare customers and our staff, embracing digital and data opportunities, and investing in our people.

The Debt and Integrity projects (DIP) Division has an exciting opportunity in the Customer Solutions and Co-Design (CSCD) team for a project officer.

Reporting Officer: Sydney, NSW

We are excited to partner with Transport for NSW in their search for a Reporting Officer from our community of autistic candidates.

The role generates and implements effective and informative reports to clearly demonstrate business performance outcomes, and stakeholder and customer benefits relating to a number of social procurement policies. The role also provides high level administrative and communications support to contribute toward the effective operation of the social procurement and industry development team, and alignment to the wider Sydney Metro Workforce Development & Industry Participation strategy.

The Reporting Officer will be responsible for the effective reporting and using the performance management tool to ensure the successful monitoring of workforce development and industry participation targets.

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