About Specialisterne Australia

Specialisterne Australia is a not for profit social impact enterprise established in 2015 as a branch of the global Specialisterne Foundation. SCA has a goal to create 12,000 job opportunities for autistic individuals by 2030. 

In 2015 the unemployment rate for people with autism spectrum disorders in Australia was 31.6%, more than three times the rate for people with disability (10.0%) and almost six times the rate of people without disability (5.3%).

Our approach to achieving our goal of 12,000 jobs for people with autism involves:

Creating connections – Building and creating linkages, pipelines and connections between autistic individuals and potential employers;

Capacity Building – Building the capacity and understanding of employers and businesses to recognise and engage the skills and talents of autistic individuals, as well as assisting autistic individuals to identify their skills and talents and prepare them for roles within the workplace. We also foster support capacity building to organisations that provide assistance to autistic individuals seeking employment;

Measuring Impact - Measure Specialisterne’s impact: analysing existing data, models and approaches; developing evidence base; measuring efficacy of programs and innovations.

Policy Influence - Establishing our goal and the issue for adults with autism facing employment barriers as a priority with government and industry; shaping decision makers thinking and legislation; supporting industry guidelines to further grow the employment market for autistic talent;

Innovation - Testing new approaches, filling market gaps and designing practical solutions for autistic talent to secure meaningful employment and for employers to pursue and secure autistic talent.

Specialisterne offers a range of sourcing, assessment and recruitment programs as a fee for service option to business employers looking to diversify their workforce and develop their capacity to support neurodiverse employees. Specialisterne also actively pursues grants to engage in other project work to support autistic individuals to identify and harness their talents and connect with potential employers.

The Specialisterne’s tailored assessment program process consists of individual assessment of candidate’s motivation, workability, professionalism, shared and specialist skills according to Specialisterne’s Competence Model. The purpose of these assessment programs and activities is to establish individual and team comfort zones and match these with the work zone to make the best possible fit between the job and the individual.
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