Exhibit Technology Team Software Developer, APS Level 5, Questacon

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Info/Comm Tech (ICT), APS Level 5

About the department

The department plays a key role in the Australian Government’s agenda to create jobs and build a stronger, more resilient and competitive economy. Our work builds on Australia’s existing strengths, supports businesses to grow, and drives new opportunities for long-term productivity growth and prosperity. The success of the department helps Australia recover from the economic consequences of COVID‑19 and adapt to its ongoing effects. Through our work, we support the government’s economic recovery plan and help to deliver a better future for all Australians.

About the team

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre is a division of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Our Vision is “a better future for all Australians through engagement with science, technology and innovation.” We deliver on that vision through our Mission “to excite and motivate people through inspiration learning experiences”.

The Production and Maintenance Team operates within the Operations Branch, responsible for delivery of critical services within the Questacon operational environment. The Production workshops provide comprehensive mechanical, metal and wood fabrication, electronics, IT and engineering capabilities.

The Exhibit Technology team within the larger Production team is responsible for developing and maintenance of software, electronics and technology for Questacon’s interactive exhibitions. Close collaboration with the 2D, 3D design, Concepts and other Questacon teams are a crucial part of the process.

The opportunity

The Exhibit Technology software developer role is an exciting opportunity to work in a unique team and workshop environment, on many varied projects utilising a wide variety of skills and technologies, contributing to Questacon’s mission delivering high quality robust interactive systems for exhibitions.

Our ideal candidate

  • Formal training and qualifications within the IT field. Demonstrated high level programming and development skills for Windows PCs including screen based 2D and 3D graphics, general programming and interfacing with external devices. Experience with computer networks desirable
  • Demonstrated development experience with microcontrollers such as the Arduino platform
  • Knowledge of current technology within the IT, Electronics and AV fields such as PC hardware, LCD monitors and large format display panels
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of electronics including wiring soldering and basic circuit operation and construction
  • The ability to solve problems, provide solutions and investigate products and technologies as required in the exhibit development process
  • Be able to work within set timelines
  • Work effectively within team environments
  • Willingness to develop new skills as required to meet the current requirements
  • Possess a current driver’s license

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

Working primarily within the Production team and reporting to the Exhibit Technology team leader duties will include:

  • development of software for Questacon’s interactive exhibits using a wide range technologies, devices and environments including PCs, micro controllers, video display technologies, Human interface devices, Sensors and many other electronic devices
  • Work within small development teams providing solutions and advice as required
  • Develop prototypes for early concepts to demonstrate the operation of components for use in the interactive exhibits
  • General assembly and production work using hand tools and including tasks such as wiring, soldering and component mounting.
  • Maintaining the operation of existing exhibits at Questacon as well as external venues. Travel within Australia may be required on occasion
  • Research technologies, techniques, products and systems as required to solve moderately complex problems.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, candidates must be Australian Citizens.

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

Due to the holiday period, assessment and interviews for this recruitment process may be scheduled in the new year.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the key duties listed above.

Please complete your application online and provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Jason Judd on 02 6112 9742.

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