The ATO Graduate Program will bring out the best in you and help you launch your career.
From tax experts to IT superstars, we're looking for people with the right chemistry to help us grow as a leading tax and superannuation administration known for our contemporary service, expertise and integrity.
As an ATO graduate, you will be part of an award-winning program, and will have a unique and robust learning experience.
What we do
We're Australia's principal revenue collection agency, responsible for managing and shaping the tax and superannuation systems for the benefit of the Australian community.
As one of Australia's largest public service employers, we have offices in all capital cities and many regional centres.
As an ATO graduate you'll be part of something big. Delivering a client experience that defies expectations. Designing solutions that turn problems upside down. Building cutting‑edge systems that engage and make it easier to do the right thing than it is to do the wrong. Shaping the way legislation is interpreted and applied and influence new policy. Testing yourself against the best minds in your field, not just here but on a global level. Become a leader and drive innovation across everything we do.
Your future is our future
The ATO Graduate Program has a history of success. Our previous grads have helped shape Australia's tax and superannuation administration into one of the best in the world and have advanced as leaders in our organisation. Now it's your turn.
We have several other entry-level programs available including our University Partnership Employment Program (UPEP), which will allow you to work at the ATO while you study, and our Evergreen Program which is exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are an award-winning employer
We pride ourselves on being consistently recognised for our efforts to nurture new talent and allow our employees to excel.
We were named one of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers' top five most aspirational employers for 2021. In 2020, we were once again recognised as a top 100 grad employer by GradAustralia.
We recognise and foster diversity
As an Australian Public Service (APS) agency, we are committed to fostering diversity in the workplace and recognising the diversity of the Australian community. Our workplace encourages employees to bring their best selves to work, supported by a work environment free from barriers to inclusion, through the creation of a trusting and supportive environment. We recognise that one of our greatest assets is the diversity of our staff. By embracing the diversity of our experience and backgrounds, we empower everyone to realise their full potential.
We will make reasonable adjustments to help staff with a disability to perform the inherent requirements of their job.
We have a range of employee and diversity networks which bring together employees with shared characteristics such as gender, race, cultural heritage, sexual orientation, faith, age and disability together in a safe space. They are effective tools for championing programs and providing effective career development opportunities.
Networks are important for our organisation as they enable our staff to connect, share ideas and build greater visibility for diversity & inclusion.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2017–19 identifies six key priorities which form our ongoing strategies and initiatives for an inclusive workplace. They are:
We have employee networks for each of these priority groups such as ATO Making Inclusion Count (ATOMIC) which supports LGBTI+ workplace inclusion to create an environment where employees can bring their whole selves to work.
Indigenous Australians may apply under the Indigenous employment affirmative measure provision.
Find out about how to apply for our Graduate Program. Applications open on 9 March 2021.
We encourage applications from all areas of the community, including Indigenous Australians, candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and candidates with a disability.
You are welcome to apply to our graduate program providing you:
What we are looking for
We offer graduate positions in the following streams:
Summary of application process
If you are pursuing a career in the HR or Data stream, the ATO is recruiting through the whole-of government Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) You can apply for these streams through APSjobs.
When to lodge
Applications for the 2022 graduate program will open on 9 March 2021 and close on 6 April 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
Lodging your application
When completing the online application, we will ask you to provide:
After you lodge
Once you've lodged your online application, you'll receive a notification email confirming your submission.
If you don't receive an acknowledgement email, you can check we have received it by logging in to eRecruitment and selecting My profile then View emails.
You can update your personal details at any time by logging into eRecruitment. However, you will not be able to change any other details in your application.
If there are significant issues that affect the information in your application, email us at EntryLevelPrograms@ato.gov.au.
There are three stages of assessment activities. You will need to perform strongly in each assessment in order to progress to the next stage.
Note that you will receive notification of the outcome of each stage, even if you are not successful.
At this point, we will review your performance from all assessment stages of the process and determine your suitability for the merit pool.
Unsuccessful candidates can access feedback about their assessment centre performance after the selection process has finished.
If your application is successful, you will receive a phone call to confirm your availability for the graduate program. Please note that this is not an official offer. An official offer will be made after you have passed the following checks:
If the work for which you are being considered requires access to classified material, you may also need a formal security clearance assessment.
After we have confirmed your availability and have obtained a satisfactory integrity check, we will send you a formal offer.
We anticipate making offers of employment from September 2021 onwards.
To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads or email EntryLevelPrograms@ato.gov.au
On successful completion of our graduate program, you'll:
Your graduate year gives you an unmatched opportunity to develop your professional network and make friendships along the way.
We also give high priority to building your capabilities and we provide a culturally diverse and safe working environment because we want you to enjoy a full and varied career with us.