Episode #22 – Neurodiversity in the APS Workforce

Are you curious about what neurodiversity means and why it’s becoming a significant topic in workplaces? Do you want to know how the Australian Public Service (APS) is creating an inclusive environment for people with neurodivergent conditions like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia?

In this episode, we are joined by Robin Edmonds, the Assistant Director of the Media Reform Branch at the Department of Infrastructure and Co-founder of the Public Sector Neurodiversity Community of Practice, and David Smith, an Autism and Neurodiversity employment specialist and advocate who runs ‘Employ for Ability.’

Listen as Robin and David discuss what neurodiversity is, the initiatives the APS is undertaking for inclusivity for neurodivergent individuals, and organisations and services available to assist people with neurodivergence in entering or sustaining employment in the APS. Additionally, don’t miss Robin’s rundown of various software and tools that can help neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.

Whether you’re a current APS grad, a potential recruit, or an employer looking to diversify your workforce, this episode will provide you with valuable insights.

Discussed in this episode:

  • Steps the APS is taking to make their workforce more accessible for neurodivergent individuals.
  • Organisations and services that assist people with neurodivergence.
  • Key points to remember when working alongside neurodiverse colleagues.
  • How ChatGPT is helping some neurodivergent people with their job applications.