The Rise@DHHS autism hiring program: Examining the impact on the individual and their workplace Report uri icon


  • The ‘Rise@DHHS’ autism hiring program was an initiative where the Victorian State Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employed eight autistic individuals as Records Management Officers on two-year full time contracts from July 2017. Specialisterne Australia were contracted to conduct an alternative recruitment process specifically targeted towards autistic job seekers, and to provide support to both DHHS and the new employees in their transition into the workplace. A research project was conducted by the La Trobe University Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) in conjunction with Specialisterne Australia for DHHS. The research involved an examination of the impact of the hiring program on the existing DHHS employees and the new autistic employees. This report describes the Rise@DHHS initiative and details the research project and findings.

publication date

  • 2019