Selection process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in our tailored selection process.

We work with Specialisterne Australia (Specialisterne) to deliver a supportive and inclusive selection process.

Specialisterne is a dedicated recruiter for people with autism. They have years of experience developing inclusive and supportive hiring processes for people with autism.

The selection process is designed to find job-ready candidates with specific skillsets that our agency needs.

There are no interviews or psychometric tests. Instead, Aurora is a 3-week program that uses pre-screening exercises and an assessment task to identify candidate skills.

There are 5 steps in the selection process.

Step 1: pre-screening workshop

If you’re shortlisted after submitting your online application, you’ll be invited to participate in a one-week pre-screening workshop which includes practical development and activities with Specialisterne. You’ll find out more about the roles we’re hiring for and you’ll undertake Specialisterne-led activities to determine your suitability for roles.

If you’re shortlisted from the pre-screening workshop, we’ll invite you to participate in a 2-week assessment program.

Step 2: assessment program

This step involves 2 weeks of assessment activities. You can choose to participate in these either face to face or virtually.

Week 1

In week 1 you’ll take part in individual and group activities and assessments to showcase your skills and abilities. You’ll meet team members and managers from the agency who are looking to fill the role you applied for. You will be given activities and tasks that align to the role. At the end of the week, you’ll be given the opportunity to make a brief virtual presentation on a topic of your choice.

Week 2

Week 2 involves an on-site visit to a Services Australia office to better understand the workplace and the team. This session may be a virtual visit if required.

Once the assessment program is complete, we’ll shortlist candidates. If you aren’t selected for Services Australia positions, you may be considered for other Specialisterne opportunities.

Step 3: pre-employment check

Before we can make you an offer of employment, you’ll need to do a pre-employment check. You’ll receive support to complete the required paperwork.

Step 4: job offer

If you’re selected, we’ll offer you employment in a non-ongoing specialist role with Services Australia.

Step 5: support

Before starting with the agency, we’ll develop an individual success plan to make sure you get appropriate support and workplace adjustments. Managers and teams will receive autism awareness training and Specialisterne will provide ongoing support.

You’ll also be matched with a buddy before starting in the role. Buddies will help you settle into the agency and the APS.

We also provide mentors throughout the program to support and guide you in your career and personal objectives.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the selection process, please email Specialisterne Australia.

Page last updated: 30 January 2023.