DFAT periodically requires staff with particular expertise, professional knowledge, skills or experience. Specialist vacancies are advertised throughout the year as needs arise. Examples include:

  • accountants
  • nuclear safeguards officers
  • historians
  • economic/trade specialists
  • information technology staff
  • lawyers.

Staff recruited to specialist positions are required to remain in their area of specialisation for the duration of their employment, unless they are successful in a subsequent merit-based selection process.

Some positions are designated as ‘professional specialists’. These positions require highly specialised skill sets that are not readily transferable to other roles in the department. Professional specialists are required to remain in the position to which they are recruited for the duration of their employment with the department. Examples of professional specialist positions include:

  • medical doctors
  • staff counsellors (social workers or psychologists)
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • investigators.
Last Updated: 11 February 2016