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Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

  • Accounting & Advisory
  • Government & Public Service
  • Technology

What it does: Collects revenue for the Australian government by administering Australia’s tax system.
Staff stats: Around 20,000 staff in offices across Australia
The good bits: Work that makes a real difference to the lives of Australians, Lots of workplace flexibility and development opportunities
The not so good bits:  It takes time to learn the ropes and understand how everything fits together

The ATO story

Contrary to the classic line about life’s two certainties, Australia was free of taxes – barring customs and excise duties – until 1910 when the first federal tax laws were introduced and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) was established. The department has had several names over the years including Federal Taxation Office, Commonwealth Taxation Office and now the ATO.

The Treasurer is responsible for the ATO and it is overseen by an executive team led by a Commissioner of Taxation. The role of the ATO is to effectively manage and shape the tax and superannuation systems that support and fund services for Australians.

The ATO has transformed over the years, embracing technology and the digital world and changing how they interact with taxpayers. It offers one of the most advanced online tax service environments in the world. In 2018, over 10.3 million individual income tax returns were lodged.

The culture

The ATO is recognised as one of Australia’s top grad employers by both The Australian and the Australian Financial Review.  Proof the ATO delivers on its commitment to be “consistently recognised for our efforts as an employer” and maintain its “exemplary record as a nurturer of new talent and a culture in which our employees excel”.

The ATO is committed to having a workforce that’s representative of the Australian community. It’s particularly focused on recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and offers Indigenous entry-level programs.

You’ll need to be an Australian citizen and pass an integrity check demonstrating you’re of good character to work at the ATO.

Social contribution

The ATO has a well-earned reputation as a professional, honest and forward-thinking revenue-collection agency. Working there you’ll make a real difference to the lives of your fellow Australians. You’ll be helping collect the money that funds health, public services, housing and community.     

The recruitment process

The ATO Grad program hires across five core streams; IT, Taxation, Analytics, Marketing and Communication and Design. Graduates with STEM degrees are encouraged to apply for the Analytics stream.

Grad program positions, like all ATO roles, are filled on merit. You’ll need to submit an online application then complete an assessment process. This may include an online interview, workplace simulation exercise, and attendance at an assessment centre where you can showcase your capabilities through a group activity, an interview and a presentation.

Remuneration

You can expect a starting salary of over $63,000. Once you’ve completed the program, you’ll ascend to an APS4 grading and have your salary increased to over $70,000 followed by annual pay reviews. There’s four week’s leave plus a week during the Christmas shutdown period. There’s also a lot of flexibility paid maternity leave, the option to buy up to another eight week’s annual leave and access to a generous super scheme. .   

Career prospects

Being one of Australia’s largest public service employers, you don’t have to move to Canberra, ATO offices are located in all capital cities and many regional centres.

During the 12-month grad program, you’ll do work rotations, get a range of training and personal development opportunities including an individual coaching plan, and be supported by a program manager. The ATO aspires to provide best practice career development for its staff.

The vibe of the place

ATO offices have active social clubs, which arrange sporting activities, family fun days and happy hours. Grads usually flock together and are supportive of each other both inside the workplace and socially.

From the Employer:

“The ATO Graduate program will bring out the best in you and help us improve our operation.

As an ATO grad, you will be part of a unique and unexpected learning experience.

Our diverse program will challenge and enrich your learning and develop your skills, knowledge and confidence.

We are looking for people with the right chemistry to help us grow our business as a leading tax and super administration.

As an ATO grad, you’ll be part of something big.

Your future is our future

The ATO Graduate program has a history of success. Our previous grads have helped shape Australia’s tax and super administration into one of the best in the world. Now it’s your turn.

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 an ATO graduate, you’ll work alongside other professionals, contributing to the economic and social wellbeing of the Australian community. Together you’ll help shape an organisation known for its contemporary services, expertise and integrity.

What you need

We value our people and their diverse skills and give high priority to developing their capabilities. If you have a degree in any of these disciplines, you could have the skills we’re looking for. 

  • Accounting, Finance and Commerce
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Statistics

Develop your career, make a difference

We offer:

  • an intensive 12-month program
  • challenging work rotations to develop your skills and explore different areas of interest
  • a program manager to support you professionally and personally throughout the year
  • dedicated training and development opportunities including an individual coaching plan
  • a competitive starting salary of over $63,000
  • advancement upon successful completion
  • a workplace culture that is supportive and promotes equal opportunity
  • flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent social and networking base with fellow graduates

Applications open around March and close around April each year. For 2020 application dates visit ato.gov.au/grads

Let your learning experience start here - ato.gov.au/grads"

Opportunities

  • Adelaide, Albury, Brisbane, Canberra, Gosford, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Wollongong and Townsville
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Business & Management
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Creative Arts
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Engineering & Mathematics
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IT & Computer Science
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
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Medical & Health Sciences
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Sciences

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
My current rotation has involvement in all business areas of the department. The role also enables cross-government department collaboration on specific projects.

Stephanie Lekawski

  • Graduate stories
My current rotation has involvement in all business areas of the department. The role also enables cross-government department collaboration on specific projects.

Stephanie Lekawski

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  • Graduate stories
As an ATO employee, I play a part in contributing to an efficient tax system which helps the government provide essential services to the public like roads, hospitals and schools.

Nicholas Pyne

  • Graduate stories
As an ATO employee, I play a part in contributing to an efficient tax system which helps the government provide essential services to the public like roads, hospitals and schools.

Nicholas Pyne

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  • Graduate stories
My current rotation has involvement in all business areas of the department. The role also enables cross-government department collaboration on specific projects.

Stephanie Lekawski

  • Graduate stories
My current rotation has involvement in all business areas of the department. The role also enables cross-government department collaboration on specific projects.

Stephanie Lekawski

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  • Graduate stories
As an ATO employee, I play a part in contributing to an efficient tax system which helps the government provide essential services to the public like roads, hospitals and schools.

Nicholas Pyne

  • Graduate stories
As an ATO employee, I play a part in contributing to an efficient tax system which helps the government provide essential services to the public like roads, hospitals and schools.

Nicholas Pyne

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A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Tim Cottew

Tim Cottew studied ​a ​Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Chemistry) ​at Monash University in 2016 and is now a Graduate Officer at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Tim Cottew

Tim Cottew studied ​a ​Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Chemistry) ​at Monash University in 2016 and is now a Graduate Officer at the Australian Taxation Office.
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  • Day in the life

Jessica Tran

Jessica Tran studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Commerce ​at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Officer at Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Jessica Tran

Jessica Tran studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Commerce ​at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Officer at Australian Taxation Office.
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  • Day in the life

Tim Cottew

Tim Cottew studied ​a ​Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Chemistry) ​at Monash University in 2016 and is now a Graduate Officer at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Tim Cottew

Tim Cottew studied ​a ​Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics and Chemistry) ​at Monash University in 2016 and is now a Graduate Officer at the Australian Taxation Office.
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  • Day in the life

Jessica Tran

Jessica Tran studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Commerce ​at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Officer at Australian Taxation Office.
  • Day in the life

Jessica Tran

Jessica Tran studied ​a ​Bachelor of Laws and Commerce ​at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Officer at Australian Taxation Office.
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Videos


ATO Graduate program: A day in the life of grad Angela Tsui

Angela Tsui talks about her experience as a design grad with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

ATO Graduate program: A day in the life of grad Eleanor Ross

Eleanor Ross talks about her experience as an human resources grad with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

ATO Graduate program: A day in the life of grad Angela Tsui

Angela Tsui talks about her experience as a design grad with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

ATO Graduate program: A day in the life of grad Eleanor Ross

Eleanor Ross talks about her experience as an human resources grad with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).