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Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

  • #2 in Government & public services
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

  • Accounting & Advisory
  • Government & Public Service
  • Technology

The ATO story

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:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people with a disability
  • women
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender and intersex (LGBTI+)
  • mature age Australians.

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.


 

Recruitment Process

Applications for our 2023 Graduate program open in March 2022. To find out more information visit ato.gov.au/grads

Remuneration & Career Growth

Remuneration & Career prospects

We provide:

  • an intensive 12-month program
  • challenging work rotations to develop your skills and explore different areas of interest
  • dedicated training and development opportunities
  • a program manager to support you throughout the year
  • a competitive starting salary of more than $64,000
  • an employer contribution of 15.4% to your chosen superannuation account
  • in addition to the standard 20 days annual leave, we provide additional leave during the Christmas closedown period
  • flexible working arrangements
  • a workplace culture that is supportive and promotes equal opportunity
  • an excellent social and networking base with fellow graduates.

On successful completion of our graduate program, you'll:

  • gain an ongoing role
  • advance to the next classification level, APS4
  • receive a salary of more than $73,000
  • continue to receive a wide range of employee benefits, including four weeks annual leave, annual salary advancement and flexible working hours
  • be able to explore further study and qualifications such as practical legal training and the chartered accountants program through our tuition assistance program (TAP) or study leave options.

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.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Adelaide, Albury, Brisbane, Canberra, Gosford, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Perth, Townsville & Wollongong
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
S
Sciences

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
If comfortable, make sure people you connect with are aware of your disability. It helps if you trust a good colleague/friend that understands disability and can help you out when you need.

Jessica Kartawihardja

  • Graduate stories
If comfortable, make sure people you connect with are aware of your disability. It helps if you trust a good colleague/friend that understands disability and can help you out when you need.

Jessica Kartawihardja

  • Graduate stories
Without my indigenous heritage, I would not have had the opportunity to partake in the indigenous cadetship program, which I believe gave me a good foundation for my career.

Jessica Butler

  • Graduate stories
Without my indigenous heritage, I would not have had the opportunity to partake in the indigenous cadetship program, which I believe gave me a good foundation for my career.

Jessica Butler

  • Graduate stories
If comfortable, make sure people you connect with are aware of your disability. It helps if you trust a good colleague/friend that understands disability and can help you out when you need.

Jessica Kartawihardja

  • Graduate stories
If comfortable, make sure people you connect with are aware of your disability. It helps if you trust a good colleague/friend that understands disability and can help you out when you need.

Jessica Kartawihardja

  • Graduate stories
Without my indigenous heritage, I would not have had the opportunity to partake in the indigenous cadetship program, which I believe gave me a good foundation for my career.

Jessica Butler

  • Graduate stories
Without my indigenous heritage, I would not have had the opportunity to partake in the indigenous cadetship program, which I believe gave me a good foundation for my career.

Jessica Butler


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Georgia Larsen

Georgia studied Bachelor of Design at Australian National University and is now working as a Graduate Officer – Design stream at Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • Day in the life

Georgia Larsen

Georgia studied Bachelor of Design at Australian National University and is now working as a Graduate Officer – Design stream at Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • Day in the life

Ellie March

Ellie studied Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied Statistics) at University of Wollongong and is now working as Graduate Officer (Data) at Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Ellie March

Ellie studied Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied Statistics) at University of Wollongong and is now working as Graduate Officer (Data) at Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Georgia Larsen

Georgia studied Bachelor of Design at Australian National University and is now working as a Graduate Officer – Design stream at Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • Day in the life

Georgia Larsen

Georgia studied Bachelor of Design at Australian National University and is now working as a Graduate Officer – Design stream at Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  • Day in the life

Ellie March

Ellie studied Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied Statistics) at University of Wollongong and is now working as Graduate Officer (Data) at Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Ellie March

Ellie studied Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied Statistics) at University of Wollongong and is now working as Graduate Officer (Data) at Australian Taxation Office.

Videos


The ATO Graduate Program

Hear from our graduates on what it was like being part of an award-winning program, and their unique learning experiences at the ATO.

Let's bring out the best in each other- ATO Graduate testimonial

Australian Taxation Office, Marketing and Communication Graduate Liam Cross, gives us an insight of what it's like to work as a graduate in the ATO!

The ATO Graduate Program

Hear from our graduates on what it was like being part of an award-winning program, and their unique learning experiences at the ATO.

Let's bring out the best in each other- ATO Graduate testimonial

Australian Taxation Office, Marketing and Communication Graduate Liam Cross, gives us an insight of what it's like to work as a graduate in the ATO!