Careers for people with disability

Giving you a place at the centre of government to help shape important issues.

Our employee value proposition for people with disability

We make it easy for you to have a voice on issues that really matter to Australia.

Our department works at the centre of government and the public narrative. We aim to solve some of our country’s most pressing challenges, growing the economy and creating jobs for all Australians.

Our advice and insight shapes policy in areas critical to Australia’s future.

We need people with diverse skills, expertise, perspectives and lived experience to provide this depth and fulfil our purpose. Because we work across so many sectors and locations, we offer unmatched opportunities to contribute.

We’re seeking people with disability to add their voice and skills.

Our flexible and inclusive workplace makes it easier for you to join us in shaping Australia’s future. Our culture of collaboration, innovation, respect and excellence keeps us striving and thriving together.

Our portfolio is diverse

Diverse employees

We’re many policy areas, industries and careers rolled into one department.

Our breadth of work offers endless pathways to grow your career, skills and experience.

Whether you’re passionate about science, technology, innovation, resources, or any other area of our diverse portfolio, the scope of topics you can work on can’t be matched anywhere else.

We’re flexible

Flexible workplace

We access a diverse workforce by being open and flexible. We think beyond the traditional office and 9 to 5.

Our flexible work policies empower you to contribute meaningfully and achieve your career goals in a way that works for you.

We understand the importance of integrating your work and life. You can talk to your manager about your unique flexibility needs, knowing they will listen to and support you.

We’re a safe space

Safe space workplace

We’re committed to creating an inclusive culture. We attract the best people by creating a safe space for everyone to voice their unique needs.

Our approach to workplace adjustments starts with ‘yes’. We want you to be your authentic self at work, and have the resources and support you need to thrive. Asking for a change in how you work or declaring your disability can be daunting, so we strive to make it easier.

We want you to feel safe, engaged and valued as you work alongside your colleagues to resolve issues that really matter.

What our people say

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Description: A black logo for the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) is displayed centrally on a white background.

Description: A female employee named Sadaya presents in front of a plain gray background and begins talking about her experience at DISR. Sadaya is an Assistant Manager in Strategic Policy.  Sadaya is wearing a purple dress. Sadaya wears a light purple sleeveless top.

“My name is Sadaya. I am currently a designer that works in Policy Lab in Strategic Policy Division. And I’ve been with the Department since 2017.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions from Sadaya speaking to a vertical perspective of a modern office building surrounded by trees which soon reveals the Australian Government crest on the front of the building.

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions back to Sadaya talking about her experiences at DISR.

“So, I have a vision impairment and that means that I need to have certain workplace adjustments.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to a DISR employee entering an office building. The visuals continue into the reception area where Indigenous artwork is displayed, along with the Australian, Indigenous and Torres Strait Island flags. There is a waiting area that consists of three circular tables with television screens mounted on the wall adjacent to them. 

“The Department is a really inclusive place to work because of the people. I have a very supportive manager and I find that the culture within the Department is really open minded. Go for it.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions back to the modern office building, revealing the Australian Government crest above automatic glass doors. The imagery reveals the address of the building on a metal frame which is DISR’s National Office in Canberra; Industry House, 10 Binara Street, Canberra.

“There are so many opportunities out there and the Department is a really interesting place to work.”

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Description: A male employee named Sean presents in front of a plain gray background and begins talking about his experience at DISR. Sean works within the IT Service Management team in IT Operations and is wearing a collared light blue shirt.

“Hello. My name is Sean. I’m with the IT Service Management Team in IT Operations. I’ve been working on and off with the Department for around ten years.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Sean walking through a DISR office, eventually sitting down at a desk with a computer in front of him.

“I’ve lived with anxiety and now and again with a bit of depression as a result. My managers are the best, they are great to actually just ask how things are going.”

Description: The on-screen imagery shows Sean happily having a conversation with someone out of frame. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Sean discussing his experiences at DISR

“They’re mindful of the workloads and the priorities.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Sean at his desk working. His hand is in focus operating a mouse at his computer, the camera pans out to see Sean sitting at a desk, operating two computer monitors, and typing on a keyboard. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Sean discussing his experiences at DISR.

“The opportunities that get offered in this Department astound me. Just the sheer breadth of things and opportunities that are available are amazing.”

Description: The on-screen imagery reveals Sean working at a desk amongst an office of other desks and IT equipment. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Sean discussing his experiences at DISR.

“To be able to better yourself and be able to actually feel a sense of achievement with your work so that when you go home you can be proud.”

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Description: A female employee named Joanne begins talking about her experience at DISR. Joanne works as a Manager in Emissions Reduction.  Joanne is wearing a grey shirt and black jacket.

“My name is Joanne. I work in the Emissions Reduction Branch in the Department, and I’ve been here for a little more than a year. I’m also a co-chair of the Department’s Disability and Wellness Network.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Joanne at a desk as she is preparing audio equipment to use for a work-related task. Joanne continues to set herself up for a work-related task at a desk with two computer monitors in front of her.

“I’m hard of hearing, particularly in one ear which has got very little hearing. And I also have epilepsy.”

Description: The on-screen footage transitions back to Joanne discussing her experience at DISR.

“The Department’s really supportive of flexible working arrangements and that’s been really important for me.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Joanne at a desk, operating a computer with an audio device in use. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Joanne discussing her experience at DISR.

“In my team we’re really supportive of everyone coming from all sorts of backgrounds and looking after each other to make sure we can each achieve our career aspirations no matter what they might be.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Joanne at a desk, adjusting a hand-controller on an audio device which is connected to a laptop. The on-screen imagery transitions to Joanne working at a desk, in front of two computer monitors, in the middle of a work task.

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions back to Joanne discussing her experience at DISR. 

“I enjoy the collaboration and teamwork in my role, whether we’re working remotely or whether we’re in the office it doesn’t make a difference. We’ve got sort of seamless interaction.”

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Description: A male employee named Alex begins talking about his experience at DISR. Alex works as a Data Analyst in the Insights Division.  Alex is wearing a grey collared shirt.

“I’m Alex. I’m a data Analyst in the Analysis and Insights Division. I’ve been part of DISR for about two and a half years.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Alex working at a computer, typing on a keyboard, and viewing two computer monitors on a desk. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Alex discussing his experiences at DISR.

“I’m quite high functioning, so my disability only affects me in subtle ways. Coming to work in a social environment is a bit more effort for me, so I need flexible hours and a team that doesn’t expect me to be a morning person.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Alex enthusiastically conversing with multiple colleagues. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Alex discussing his experience at DISR.

“It’s great to do work that matters. If you have the chance, come work for DISR.”

Description: The on-screen imagery transitions to Alex walking through an office smiling broadly, walking towards the camera. The on-screen imagery transitions back to Alex discussing his experience at DISR.

“This is one of the healthiest, most accepting workplaces I’ve ever experienced. It’s a great place to work.”

Description: Alex stops speaking and leaves the video.

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Find opportunities

Current vacancies

Find available positions on our careers portal.

Graduate opportunities

Our Graduate Development Program offers specific roles to people with disability using affirmative measures.