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Telstra Neurodiversity Recruitment Program 2021

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Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, offering a full range of communications services with the purpose of building a connected future so everyone can thrive.

Specialisterne is excited to be partnering with Telstra to deliver the very first Telstra Neurodiversity Recruitment Program, a pilot initiative to attract, assess and place autistic talent into employment across the company.

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. Telstra recognises that one of their greatest assets is the diversity of their people who are reflective of the diversity in the communities in which they serve. 

Specialisterne 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.

We’ve worked closely with Telstra to prepare a customised application, screening and assessment process 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 Telstra team members throughout the process
  • 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)

Telstra Neurodiversity Recruitment Program 2021

Roles Available

  • Accessibility Analyst
  • Product Management Specialist (UX/CX)
  • Network Software Engineer (Full Stack)
  • DevSecOps Engineer
  • Cloud FinOps Specialist
  • Cloud Platform Engineer Specialist
  • DevOps Engineer – Technical Specialist Platforms
  • Business Support Specialist – Government Relations

Location of roles

Roles are offered across multiple Australian locations – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Canberra.

* Note that not all roles are available in each location. Telstra has a flexible working policy and other locations may be considered. If you are applying for a role which requires you to relocate, please consider the various factors associated with relocating. Please also note that due to COVID-19 there may be some specific workplace requirements in terms of social distancing and / or working remotely from home for a period of time.

Applicant Requirements

Nice to have

  • Motivated, focussed and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Obtained a TAFE Qualification or Bachelors Degree in Information Technology; 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
  • A strong interest in any of the following: Systems Testing, Applications Development, Data Analytics, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Systems Administration, Cyber Security, Policy and Governance, Cloud Computing (AWS, Azure, Linux, Docker, Kubernetes), DevOps, Networking, Engineering, Finance, Business.
  • An understanding of programming languages and/or development and production environments – Python, Java, JavaScript, SQL, C#, .NET, Node.js/Express, MySQL, PostgreSQL and other desirable languages


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 or Permanent Residency and agree to Telstra background checks
  • Will need to satisfy Telstra’s pre-employment suitability checks and Security Clearances concluding the selection process
  • Must be able to participate in the entire Specialisterne Workshop and Assessment Centre process (dates listed in the table below)

Application Process

Before you can apply for jobs through Specialisterne Australia, you must first register with us as an eligible candidate.  You only need to do this once, existing candidates already registered can proceed to login at the candidate portal.  To commence the application 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 application with Specialisterne Australia.  After you have completed your application, you will be sent a link to the candidate portal to upload supporting documents.


If you have already registered as an eligible candidate with Specialisterne Australia, 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 Telstra opportunities.

Following the 1-day workshop, Specialisterne will select a number of candidates to advance to the final stage of the recruitment process, the Candidate Assessment Centre. This is a three-week program where candidates will be involved in a range of activities and assessments delivered by Specialisterne and Telstra Hiring Managers.

At the conclusion of the Candidate Assessment Centre activities, successful candidates will be offered employment with Telstra. If you are unsuccessful, you may be considered for other Specialisterne opportunities.

Both the Screening Workshops and Candidate Assessment Centre 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.

Program Timeline

  • Applications Open – 4th January 2021 0% 0%
  • Applications Close – 2nd February 2021 10% 10%
  • Notification to attend pre-selection workshop – 3rd – 8th February 2021 20% 20%
  • Pre-Selection Workshop Dates – Week of 8th Feb – 19th Feb 2021 30% 30%
  • Notification to attend Program – Week beginning 22nd February 2021 40% 40%
  • Week 1 Candidate Assessment Centre – 1st March – 5th March 2021 50% 50%
  • Week 2 Candidate Assessment Centre – 9th March – 12th March 2021 60% 60%
  • Week 3 Candidate Assessment Centre – 15th March – 19th March 2021 70% 70%
  • Assessment Centre Shortlisting – late March 80% 80%
  • Successful candidates notified of job offers – From late March, early April 2021 90% 90%
  • Successful candidates commence employment – From April 2021 100% 100%

Telstra Diversity Statement

We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce in all its forms. We encourage applicants from diverse gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and applicants who may be living with a disability. We also offer flexibility in all our roles, to ensure everyone can participate.

To learn more about how we support our people, including accessibility adjustments we can provide you through the recruitment process, visit Telstra Diversity and Inclusion.

Please Note: All applications must go through Specialisterne Australia. Our corporate partners do not handle applications directly.

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