The Autism Advantage Program

Autistic employees are 92% more productive and 48% faster than non-autistic employees (JP Morgan Chase, 2016).

The Autism Advantage Program

In 2019, Specialisterne Australia began conversations with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and proposed an opportunity to engage with and build the capacity of employers and recruitment firms to assist them to become autism confident employers.

The activities focus on Specialisterne engaging with and identifying a range of employers and recruitment firms in South East Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and South East Queensland to better understand the unique skills and traits that people on the spectrum offer, and how these skills and traits may benefit and add value to their workforce.

At Specialisterne Australia we use a unique process to assess potential employees and remove the barriers that disadvantage individuals on the autism spectrum from gaining meaningful employment. 

“For us to stay innovative and forward thinking and cutting edge, we need to have as many brains as possible and this is a great talent source of people who think differently.”

Belinda Sheehan, IBM Neurodiversity Program Manager

Specialisterne is working to build the understanding, appreciation and confidence of both recruitment firms and employers through the provision of training, advice and guidance about the strategies and practices that are most effective to source, recruit and support individuals on the autism spectrum in the workplace.

Using our team of specialist staff we will run practical demonstration autism talent sourcing and assessment programs, called The Autism Advantage Program, in South East Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and South East Queensland throughout 2021 and 2022. These demonstration programs will showcase alternative hiring approaches that enable autistic individuals to pursue competitive job opportunities in open market employment.

Through the grant activity we will assist over 65 autistic individuals into open employment, and educate and enable 26 businesses and 6 recruitment agencies to effectively source, recruit and support autistic individuals within their organisations.

The first demonstration program will launch in Melbourne in June 2021, with following programs planned for Brisbane in August 2021, Canberra in September 2021, and South East Queensland in September 2022.

We encourage any employer or recruitment agency wishing to know how they can get involved in The Autism Advantage Program to contact us on info.au@specialisterne.com or 03 9088 8052.

Some of our employer case studies

Autism and Agriculture 2017

Autism and Agriculture is an initiative of SunPork Farms and Autism CRC which aims to improve animal welfare by creating opportunities in animal care for adults on the autism spectrum.In collaboration with the Pork CRC and Specialisterne Australia, nine autistic...

NSW Public Service Commission 2020

The New South Wales Public Service Commission (NSW PSC) worked with Specialisterne on a Tailored Talent Program to attract the skills, talents and abilities of prospective jobseekers on the autism spectrum, who could contribute to a number of employment opportunities...

SAP 2016

SAP is a global market leader in enterprise application software. SAP’s groundbreaking Autism at Work program, launched in May 2013, integrates people with autism into the workforce. SAP has a corporate goal to employ 650 colleagues on the autism spectrum.In August...

Autism Advantage Victoria Program 2019

Regional Victoria was a primary focus for the 2019 Autism Advantage Victoria program. Throughout March to November 2019, Specialisterne conducted four selection, assessment and on-boarding programs targeting the regional locations of Geelong and Ballarat.With the...

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) 2019

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) both recognise that there is a unique opportunity for Victorian Departments to work together to meet their business needs in an innovative way by...

Department of Health and Human Services 2017

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 2017 launched its inaugural RISE at DHHS Program. The RISE at DHHS Program created career opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to work for DHHS as Records Management Officers.The pre-selection...

Australian Taxation Office 2018

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) understands the value of a neurodiverse workforce and in September 2018 engaged Specialisterne to tap into autistic talent in order to improve their efficiency and create a more diverse work environment.Westpac in Sydney partnered...

PricewaterhouseCoopers 2018 & 2019

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australia is an employer that understands the potential of autistic employees. In 2018 and again in 2019 PwC partnered with Specialisterne to tap into the autism advantage for their Cyber Security Department.Candidates were assessed with a...

Federal Talent Hub 2019 & 2020

The long-term aim of Specialisterne is to develop a sustainable and ongoing program that will offer people on the autism spectrum a talent pathway into public service work.Services Australia and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) partnered with Specialisterne to...

IBM Ballarat 2019

Following on from the global success of the IGNITE Autism Spectrum Disorder Program in the USA, IBM partnered with Specialisterne Australia to run the IBM Neurodiversity Program at the Client Innovation Centre in Ballarat, Victoria in March 2019.There were 10 various...

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018

In November 2018 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) engaged Specialisterne to tap into autistic talent in order to improve their efficiency and create a more diverse work environment.Through the Specialisterne Australia Federal Government Talent Hub they were...

Westpac Tailored Talent Program 2017

Through their ‘Tailored Talent’ program, Westpac created new pathways for autistic candidates to integrate into meaningful roles across their business, including Risk, Finance and IT.Westpac in Sydney partnered with Specialisterne in 2017 to tap into neurodiverse...

Australian Taxation Office Albury 2020

Specialisterne was excited to partner with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Albury Centre in June 2020 to source, assess and place autistic applicants in the Client Account Services team within regional Victoria.This was an amazing opportunity as the majority of...

An individual with autism often displays
one or several of the following characteristics:

- MUSICAL / ARTISTIC APTITUDE -

- novel approaches -

innovative solutions

 

- memory - 

Absorb and retain facts

- deep focus -

ESPECIALLY ON PREFERRED ACTIVITY

- creative - 

distinctive imagination

- integrity - 

honest, loyal and committed

- MATHEMATICAL / TECHNOLOGICAL APTITUDE -

- analytical - 

spots patterns

 

Some of our business clients

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Turning negative traits into positive characteristics.

Contact us

Are you interested in diversifying your workforce and accessing a highly skilled and virtually untapped talent pool? Call us on 03 9088 8052 or email info.au@specialisterne.com

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Darien Judge, previous Specialisterne candidate, speaks with ABC Radio Canberra about autism employment

Getting your first job out of school is an exciting milestone... but for many people on the Autism spectrum it can be daunting. 23-year-old Canberra man Darien Judge has been working for almost two years in IT at the Australian Bureau of Statistics after joining a...