Candidate Story

Cameron

“I’ve struggled with a bit of imposter syndrome in the past, but after the thorough training and assessment program, I really felt I could demonstrate who I am and what I could do. I don’t feel as though I have to try and prove myself, I’m ready to just get in and learn the work.”

Cameron

When I applied for the Brisbane Federal Talent Hub, I’d only recently received my diagnosis, and reflecting back on my previous work experience I knew it was important that my next job be with a business that could be proactive about integrating employees on the spectrum.

Applying for an awesome opportunity

The Brisbane Federal Talent Hub had several positions available suited to my skill set, provided support to participants during the assessment process and as well as afterwards regardless of the outcome, and ensured that each of the positions available had work environments accommodating of ASD. It was a no-brainer for me to put in an application, it all sounded like an awesome opportunity.

The three words I’d use to describe the program are collaborative, hands-on (I know that one’s kind of cheating), and reassuring. That last one was particularly impressive because the 4-week training and assessment program began right as the COVID-19 pandemic was ramping up and lockdown restrictions came sweeping in overnight.

Camaraderie with the other candidates

But despite the turbulent circumstances, and the program being digitised for the first time with virtually no notice for the organisers, we had daily contact with the program conveners including regular one-on-one checkups, who kept us well-informed of upcoming steps throughout the entire rapidly-changing process. And although the program ran online, I think interactions with other candidates were the most memorable part of the program, along with the camaraderie that arose as a cohort.

After completing all the activities, seminars and preparatory tasks, I felt entirely ready to take on the position I was offered.

My new job

I’m starting work with the Taskforce Integrity and Fraud Investigations branch of Services Australia, as an Operational Intelligence Analyst. I’ll be helping to reverse engineer trends in claim fraud in order to detect and prevent future cases, while engaging with other stakeholders in the fraud investigation process to balance our objectives with their requirements.

I’m looking forward to learning what it’s like to work in an Analyst position in this industry. It’s a bit of a departure from my previous software developer experience, but one that I’m open to. That said, I’m also excited to bring my technical knowledge with me into the team and to be able to share that.

It’s nice going into this new job confident that I’ve shown my employer what I’m capable of and how I interact with others.

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Cameron

"I’ve struggled with a bit of imposter syndrome in the past, but after the thorough training and assessment program, I really felt I could demonstrate who I am and what I could do. I don’t feel as though I have to try and prove myself, I’m ready to just get in and...

Check out some of our current opportunities below 

APS5 Associate Developer: Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for a Developer from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

You will be an integral part of the team specialising in the delivery of innovative technology for connecting, identifying and authenticating Services Australia customers. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, working with analysts and testers.

We offer our employees full in-house training with a wide variety of work, which is both challenging and fulfilling.

Autism Advantage Program 2 – Brisbane and Canberra: March 2022

Over the next six months we have over 100 roles available with our employer partners in the areas of IT, administration, and government, and we are looking for autistic individuals with any of the following skills, interests and talents: Programming / scripting...

Expense & Continuous Improvement Lead: Hawthorn East, Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Coles Express in their search for a talented Expense and Continuous Improvement Lead from within our community of autistic candidates.
Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. With over 700 stores across Australia and over 5,500 team members.
The Expense and Continuous Improvement Lead is accountable for delivery of budgeted costs of store expenses and developing change strategies to support sites to improve store operations.

Technical Analyst: Hawthorn East, Melbourne, VIC

We are excited to partner with Coles Express in their search for a talented Technical Analyst from within our community of autistic candidates.
Coles Express is one of Australia’s leading fuel and convenience retailers. With over 700 stores across Australia and over 5,500 team members.
As a Technical Analyst, you will investigate problems and analyse options for new and existing platform services, provide recommendations to solutions and produce artefacts such as context diagrams, business flows, requirements definitions, user stories etc.

APS5 Cyber Security Analyst: Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for a Cyber Security Analyst from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Cyber Operations Branch monitors, analyses, remediates and refers suspicious or malicious cyber events impacting Services Australia, other government agencies/departments as part of shared services arrangements and the broader cyber security community nationally and internationally.

The team work to contain, eradicate and recover from Cyber events affecting the agency.

APS4/5/6 Associate Solutions Designer (x2 roles): Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for Solutions Designers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

We kindle the spark of the possible and evolve it into a capability by guiding our people to challenge the status quo and keep customers front and centre. From an idea or challenge to designing and delivering a solution, we bring people together to provide high value services for our customers in line with the objectives of the master plan and the Technology Strategy.

We provide specialist advice, facilitate futuristic thinking, develop and incubate prototypes for new ideas.

Aurora Neurodiversity Program 1 – 2022 (x10 roles): Canberra, ACT

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.

APS3/4 Associate Test Engineer (x3 roles): Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for Test Engineers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

Test Management defines overall testing strategies and manages effective planning, monitoring and execution of all testing activities.

The Associate Test Engineer ensures their test effort is effectively executed and that allocated activities are completed in accordance with agreed test guidelines.

APS4 Associate Technical Engineer (x3 roles): Tuggeranong, Canberra, ACT

We are excited to partner with Services Australia in their Aurora Neurodiversity Program. They are currently looking for Technical Engineers from within our community of talented autistic candidates.

The Associate Technical Engineer supports the delivery of technical landscape design, installation, configuration, deployment, technical security and operation of ICT components and databases.

The Infrastructure Platforms Branch is responsible for the agency’s IT services. This includes managing the technology, tools and software needed to deliver these services to our customers.

The team’s focus is on service stability; swiftly resolving service failures, providing advanced monitoring solutions, and performing routine operational maintenance. The branch is huge, with 350 staff and plenty of places for you to learn and try new things.

Come along and join us!

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