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Updated: Mar 18, 2020

  • Contract to 30 June 2020 (2 x 12 Month Extension Options)

  • An opportunity with the Australia Passort Office (APO) within DFAT

  • Applications Close 5PM Tueday 10th September 2019

  • Negative Vetting Level 1 required (Baseline Considered)



Are you one of the well-heeled crowd who enjoy the classical art of mainframe programming? This is a great opportunity to advance your knowledge in mainframe systems. Our client, the Australian Passports Office (APO) is looking to bolster their team of Passports Issue and Control System (PICS) mainframe gurus.

As a Junior Mainframe Programmer, you will be required to:

  • Assist with providing mainframe programming services for the Australian Passport Office (APO);

  • Engage with APO and DFAT project teams and assist them regarding PICS services and capabilities;

  • Provide help desk services and support for PICS users within the APO; and

  • Liaise with 3rd party suppliers and service providers.

Opportunities for after-hours support will be provided.


  • Experience with programming languages in mainframe environments;

  • Experience with using various mainframe software tools and devices;

  • A willingness to learn about new IT systems and services, and to develop your skills further, in particular with PL/1 coding language;

  • An ability to diagnose and solve complex application problems under minimal supervision;

  • Strong communication skills to help liaise with and assist various project teams and system users; and

  • A strong team focus.


  • Demonstrated skills, experience and qualifications necessary to perform the role to provide mainframe services;

  • Demonstrate a level of willingness to develop skills in PL/1;

  • Willingness to participate in an after-hours support roster.


Please send us:

  • Your most recent CV, written in third person, maximum 4 pages

  • Success Criteria - A maximum 2 page summary that demonstrates your Skills, Experience and Qualifications in relation to the Task

  • Contact details for two referees (we will only contact them if you’re interviewed)

  • Your current security clearance details (CS number, level & grant date). Preference will be given to NV1 candidates, then BASELINE candidates.

  • Your expected hourly rate (including superannuation)

Other opportunities

Whilst this is a rare opportunity to develop new skills in the APO, we are always on the hunt for mainframe programmers, in particular, M204. Please get in touch if you’re still one of the gifted few who love M204 and appreciate the genius of a bitmap index :)

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