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Achiever Program for Students with Autism

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

A Call for Students with Autism to Apply for Paid Industry Experience

The CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand) Achiever Program is a vacation work experience program for final and penultimate year students studying Commerce, Accounting or Business related degrees.

It provides an opportunity for students to meet with employers and to have the opportunity to secure a vacation work experience placement.

During the 2018 Achiever Program, 121 employers (nationally) took on 233 students to provide industry experience for 3 – 12 weeks over November to March.

Successful Applicants Will Get The Following:

  • Paid industry experience (1 – 12 weeks)
  • Develop industry contacts and networks
  • Gain insights into specialisations of interest

A large proportion of these successful students then went on to secure a graduate placement with their employer after completing their degree.

The application and selection process follows common industry practice for graduate recruitment programs, including video submission, cognitive testing  and an assessment centre.

Throughout the entire application and selection process, students identifying as being Autistic (including Aspergers) will be supported to assist them to have an equal opportunity for final selection.

Employers will also be educated and supported throughout the placement period to ensure successful students and their employer have a positive experience.

Submit Your Expression of Interest Now!

If you’re interested – please submit your expression of interest ASAP.

To register your interest ahead of formal applications opening and to get access to early assistance for your application:

  1. Send an email to with
  2. your preferred point of contact (email, mobile, phone etc) and
  3. the subject “Achiever Application”.

Chris Turner from Project Enterprise Coaching will get in contact with you and answer any questions you might have on the program and then you can start preparing for the application process at the end of July.

The formal application process opens 29 July.

The aim is to identify interested students prior to that to both prepare you for the application process and to enable Chris and his team to start conversations with potential employers.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students with autism in Melbourne to gain real, meaningful work experience and to start building contacts for the future.

About Project Enterprise Coaching

Project Enterprise Coaching is a boutique coaching and advisory practice focused on supporting Autistic job seekers to find and secure long term meaningful employment and to support employers to be confident to leverage the skills and talents of Autistic employees.

*For the full details of the Achiever Program please see:

GradWISE – New Partnership with Monash

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

GradWISE: One-on-One Career Support for Students with Disability

Monash is excited to announce that it is joining forces with GradWISE, a program developed in conjunction with Australian Universities to provide support and improve employment opportunities for students living with a disability, illness or injury.

Through one-on-one, group and online services, GradWISE give you the skills, experience and assistance you need in finding your perfect graduate role and during your employment, for as long as you require.

If this sounds like the support you have been looking for, the team would love to chat with you.

You can find out more about the program on their website or drop an email to Ed Osano, Head of GradWISE to set up a time for a chat –

You can also find out more about your unique personality type by using the GradWISE Selfie Evaluation – found here:

GradWISE Appointments Now Available at Caulfield Campus on Fridays

GradWise appointments will be available at Monash University Caulfield Campus on Fridays 9am – 5pm commencing July 19th, 2019. Contact Ed Osano to make an appointment or to touch base sooner!

Graduate Insight Program

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Graduate Insight Program – Accessibility and Inclusion

*9:30am – 1pm, Friday 12 July 2019

*Register by 7 July 2019

Are you in your penultimate (second last) or final year of either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree?

The Graduate Insight Program – Accessibility and Inclusion is aimed at people with a disability, including those who have physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments that may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. It provides insight into the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Graduate Program and the career opportunities and pathways available.

The program will include:

  • Overview of the Graduate Program and application process
  • Panel discussion with current graduates
  • Morning tea with graduates and employees
  • Introduction to their Diversity Issues Unit
  • Career journey of a staff member with a disability

The Department of Justice and Community Safety are looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work and who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

They embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community they serve. They want to recruit the best people regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background, and hope you will join them.

*Please note, places are limited and registering for this event doesn’t guarantee a placement. Further details will be provided to participants offered a placement in the program. To be eligible for the Graduate Insight Program you must be:

  • An Australian citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen
  • In your second last or final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline.

Click here to register your interest >>

  • Registrations close midnight Sunday 7 July 2019

*For more information, please contact

PACE Mentoring Update

Monday, June 17th, 2019

PACE Mentoring Program Spring Applications 2019 are Now Open!

PACE Mentoring connects students with a disability, mental illness or ongoing medical conditions with mentors from leading Australian organisations. It gives the mentees an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting.

Mentees meet their mentors 6-8 times at their mentors workplace, and work on activities designed to increase employability skills. You could be matched with mentors from ANZ Bank, Cummins, Arup, Bupa, IAG, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Hays and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Cummins Supports PACE Mentoring in Scoresby

The mentors from Cummins in Scoresby will be skilled in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering as well as HR, Supply Chain and Finance which means you will not need to travel into the city to meet your mentor.

For more information click here or APPLY HERE. Please email if you have any questions.

Below is a little paragraph about the Scoresby opportunity and here is a link to a Facebook post about the opportunity:

Free PACE Mentoring Webinar

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Free Webinar: PACE Mentoring – Industry Mentoring Program for Students and Jobseekers with Disability

With the unemployment rate of Australians with disability at 9.4%, compared to 4.9% of people without disability, programs like PACE are vital to equitably include people with disability in employment.

PACE, or Positive Action towards Career Engagement, is a free program connecting jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian organisations. It is an opportunity for mentees to work one-on-one with a mentor to gain industry exposure, build professional networks and increase employability skills.

Run across Australia, the program is a four-month commitment between August and December. Mentors and mentees meet at the mentors workplace once a fortnight during the four months. During the program, the mentee and mentor will set goals and desired outcomes, discuss experiences, skills, and career pathways.

In this free webinar, listen to the Program Manager discuss how your student and jobseeker networks can connect with a mentor this Spring in the free PACE Mentoring Program.

Step 1: Webinar Login

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. All webinars will be live captioned. Contact us for more details.

Contact the AND Team on 03 9621 2276 or if you have any questions.

New Opportunity in STEMLabs

Monday, May 27th, 2019

STEMLabs June Program to include possible Record Management Job Opportunities

Do you have an eye for details? A passion for finding specific information in news articles, publications, research etc? Ever considered a role in records management?

STEMLabs are currently seeking candidates to work as Records Management Officers in fixed-term 6-month employment contracts working out of the Melbourne CBD and commencing in July 2019.

The June STEMLabs program will offer suitable participants the opportunity to be considered for these Records Management roles. This program will act as the first stage of the assessment process for candidates interested in and eligible for these Records Management jobs.

What is the eligibility criteria?
• Must have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
• Must be aged 18 years or over
• Must have Australian Citizenship
• Previous experience in a Records Management role will be very highly regarded.
• Experience using computers is essential.
• The candidate must have a strong interest in learning and performing Records Management related tasks.

So if you are on the autism spectrum and interested in being considered for a Record Management Officer position, please apply for our STEMLabs program by Monday 27th May at 1pm.
For more info:

PACE Mentoring – Applications Open Now!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Apply Now for PACE Mentoring

PACE Mentoring connects students and jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian organisations. You’ll be matched to an experienced professional who will help you identify and reach your career development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment.

How does it work?

PACE runs across 16 weeks between August and December. You’ll meet with you mentor once a fortnight during that time. Meetings last around one to two hours and are planned to suit you and your mentor’s schedules.

Mentees can discuss their career goals and aspirations, and get help to develop a plan for their personal and professional development. Meetings with mentors may include:

  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Building confidence
  • Attending events and team meetings

After you apply, AND matches you with a mentor based on the information provided in your application. Consideration for matching includes your preferred industry, the skills you want to develop, the goals you set, and your location.

Am I eligible?

 How do I apply?

Apply Here Now!

Dial in to an Info Session:

For more information about what to expect from the PACE Mentoring program, dial in to one of our info sessions via webinar.

  • Friday 31 May 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Thursday 13 June 12:30pm – 1:15pm
  • Monday 24 June 11:30am – 12:15pm

(If you are dialling in from outside Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra, please consider time differences)

Step 1: Webinar Login

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Step 2: Teleconference

Phone: 1800 896 323

Participant Code: 6367 393 293

Please advise if you have any accessibility requirements for the session. We can arrange captioning for the session with 72 hours notice.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

The Programs Team (Philip, Sneha, Tess & Isabel)

Stepping Into & PACE Mentoring

Level 3, 80 Clarence St, Sydney, 2000

Level 1, 2 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

1300 36 36 45  |  W  |  E

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Autism and Employment Forums

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Autism & Employment Forums – Melbourne 14th May & Geelong 16th May 2019

Join AMAZE for a Day of Discussion and Receive Valuable Information About Finding and Keeping Work

You’ll hear from Malcolm Mayfield, author of “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment”, researcher and autistic person.

Malcolm is also the founder and managing director of Autism STAR.

Malcolm will be delivering a workshop titled “The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job – Practical Strategies”.

In it he will cover:

  • What is the ‘hidden curriculum’?
  • Finding a job – mentors, networking, social media, resumes
  • Job interviews – attire, behaviour, answering difficult questions, online interviews, interview follow up, what are your rights in an interview

You’ll also hear from Stephanie Crawford, a speech pathologist with over 20 years’ experience who now focuses on supporting autistic teenagers and adults to achieve their communication goals.

Stephanie will cover:

  • the hidden rules around communication in interviews and the workplace and strategies to manage these
  • how challenges with executive functioning and abstract language skills can impact on the process of getting a job
  • functional tips on preparing for an interview

This event is suitable for autistic people considering looking for work or wanting tips on getting and keeping a job, as well as people supporting autistic people through employment.

You’ll hear about employment from the perspective of an autistic person, get tips on finding a job and doing job interviews, as well as the kinds of communications often needed in the workplace and how autistic people can prepare for this.

For more information and to book tickets

STEMLabs – Applications OPEN!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Applications now open for the STEMLabs April 2019 Program!

This is suited for you if you are:

  • Looking for an opportunity to experiment with your STEMLabs Skills in a safe, understanding and nurturing environment.
  • Wanting to better understand your autism in order to thrive in the workplace.
  • Looking to recognise your strengths, talents and abilities in a supportive, practical and hands-on environment.
  • Have an interest in IT.

The program is free and is strictly limited to just 10 places.

Applications for the program are currently open!

The applications close promptly at 1pm on Tuesday 23rd April, 2019. The candidates will be notified of their outcome by 5pm, Friday 26th April, 2019.

The successful candidates will then be invited to the training and assessment program commencing on Monday 29th April, 2019 and conclude on Friday 17th May, 2019 between the hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please note the program will not be held on any Tuesday.

The program will be held at Max Employment St Kilda, 31 Wellington Street, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years of age or over
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have Australian residency or citizenship
  • Must be able to attend the 3-week assessment phase beginning Monday 29th April, 2019 through to Friday 17th May, 2019. Please note training will not be held on any Tuesday.
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of St Kilda/Melbourne CBD.

Attached is more information about how to apply for the program.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Georgie Walker

M.Clin.Couns, Grad Dip Psych, B.Bus (Mktg/Mgmt)

Specialisterne Consultant

Specialisterne Australia


M: +61 431017852



Disability Scholarship Opportunties

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Disability Scholarship Program 2019 – Department of Justice and Community Safety

Applications for the 2019 Program close on 10 May 2019.

Find out more:

Contact the Disability/Diversity Liaison Officer at this university or visit

Email –  or – ask for a copy of Scholarship Guidelines and an Application Form.