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Past Australian Taxation Office Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Australian Taxation Office, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Australian Taxation Office hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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  • Graduate Jobs (40%),

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  • Accounting (100%),

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  • Government (100%),

  • Information Technology (100%),

  • Mathematics (100%),

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Past Australian Taxation Office Graduate Programs & Cadetships

Check out some of Australian Taxation Office's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


The ATO University Partnership Employment Program

Job type:

Cadetships

Disciplines:

Accounting, Engineering, Government, Information

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Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide,

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Workrights:

Australian Citizen

2021 ATO Graduate Program – All Streams

Job type:

Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Engineering, Government, Information

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Locations:

Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne,

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Workrights:

Australian Citizen

The ATO University Partnership Employment Program

Job type:

Cadetships

Disciplines:

Accounting, Engineering, Government, Information

...

Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide,

...

Workrights:

Australian Citizen

2021 ATO Graduate Program – All Streams

Job type:

Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Accounting, Engineering, Government, Information

...

Locations:

Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne,

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Workrights:

Australian Citizen

2020 ATO Evergreen Program

Job type:

Cadetships

Disciplines:

Accounting, Engineering, Government, Information

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Locations:

Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne,

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Workrights:

Australian Citizen

About the ATO

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As an ATO grad you’ll be part of something big. From day one you’ll join our reinvention – challenging and transforming the way we operate.

With other professionals, you’ll help shape a world-leading tax and super administration known for its contemporary services, expertise and integrity. We offer unique experiences you can take with you on your career path, wherever that may lead. Our journey demands the right company: thinkers with the energy, courage and resilience to make a difference.

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.

We’re consistently recognised for our efforts as an employer and maintain an exemplary record as a nurturer of new talent and a culture in which our employees excel. We’re regularly listed as one of Australia’s top grad employers.

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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.


To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

 
 

The ATO Graduate Program

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

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 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.

ATO grads are part of something big.

Develop your career, make a difference

Our graduate program provides an opportunity for you to develop in a dynamic and high profile national organisation. We value our people and their diverse skills and give high priority to developing their capabilities.

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 nearly $62,000
  • 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.

What you need

If you have a degree in any of these disciplines, you could have the skills we’re looking for.

  • Accounting and commerce
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human resource management
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Marketing and communication
  • Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and statistics.

Applications open in March and close in April. To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads.

How to Apply

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What you need to know

Start your journey as an ATO graduate by visiting www.ato.gov.au/grads. From there you can read more about the Graduate program, our recruitment process and start your online application.

When to apply

We recruit early in the year and applications will open in March and close in April 2020. For exact application dates visit ato.gov.au/grads

Eligibility

We encourage applications from all areas of the community, including Indigenous Australians, candidates from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and candidates with a disability.

To be eligible for our graduate program you must be:

  • an Australian citizen, or will be by 30 January 2021
  • in the final year of your degree or have completed your degree in the last 3 years at the time of your application, and can provide evidence of completion before commencement of the program.

Position locations

Positions available in Adelaide, Albury, Brisbane, Canberra, Gosford, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Wollongong.

Further information

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Analytics Stream

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Where could your STEM degree take you?

As a STEM graduate you can apply for the ATO Graduate program analytics stream. Analytics is recognised as a key pillar in our digital transformation. As an organisation we continue to use data in smarter ways to improve decisions, services and compliance using a wide range of analytic capabilities and technologies.

We are increasingly making use of data science with advanced analytics – techniques such as predictive modelling, machine learning, data mining and prescriptive analytics – to optimise services to taxpayers, improve the client experience, and protect revenue.

With this organisational focus on analytics, you will have the opportunity to work across the ATO to deliver a range of outcomes for the community and do work including:

  • quantitative analysis around revenue collection
  • developing models to better understand risk and opportunity
  • workload forecasting across multiple work types, aimed at ensuring the best client experience
  • using analytics to prescribe the next best action when interacting with taxpayers and developing self-service analytics that enable leaders and analysts to understand performance
  • accounting advice on new measures and taxes.

We are looking for graduates who have skills in:

  • computational analytics
  • interpreting complex financial information
  • statistics
  • machine learning
  • financial mathematics
  • mathematical modelling
  • econometrics
  • analytics/data mining
  • operations research
  • any other related quantitative discipline.

You may also be given the opportunity to work in one of our Service Delivery business areas.

Becoming an ATO graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity and career development opportunities.

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Taxation Stream (Business, Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Finance)

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Where could your Business or Law degree take you?

Our Taxation stream encompasses the following fields of study; law, finance, accounting, commerce, economics and business.

As an ATO graduate in the Taxation stream you may undertake a work rotation in any of the following business areas:

  • Client Engagement Group
  • Corporate & Enabling Services
  • Law Design & Practice
  • Service Delivery
  • Tax Practitioners Board

Becoming an ATO graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity and career development opportunities.

See below for more information on what you might be doing with your degree!

 

Accounting or Commerce degree

You can play an important role in providing world-leading financial and accounting advice on our tax and super systems.

Our accounting area undertakes a major program of activities to support the community to meet their tax and super obligations.

We aim to maximise the number of Australians who voluntarily choose to comply with their tax obligations and to implement strategies to deter non-compliance.

Working with us will provide you with the opportunity to be involved in the implementation of new policy and government initiatives.

You will help people by clarifying their issues, interpreting the law, and providing information through rulings, marketing campaigns and educational products. You will also respond to written and personal enquiries and could work in areas dealing with:

  • Public groups and internationals
  • Private groups and high wealth individuals
  • Small business and individual taxpayers
  • Tax practitioners, lodgement strategy and compliance support
  • Indirect tax
  • Superannuation
  • Smarter data program
  • ATO finance
  • Law design
  • Review and dispute resolution.

You will also have the opportunity to work with internal partners in relation to:

  • financial analysis and reporting
  • accounting advice on new measures and taxes
  • revenue forecasts, costings and advice on tax revenue, tax data issues and you may be given the opportunity to work in one of our Service Delivery business areas.

 

Economics degree

If you have a degree in Economics you will be exposed to a wide range of business lines in the ATO including:

  • aggressive tax planning
  • compliance support and capability
  • indirect tax
  • integrated tax design
  • private groups and high wealth individuals
  • public groups and international
  • serious non-compliance
  • small business and individual taxpayers
  • service delivery support
  • smarter data
  • superannuation.

Some examples of economic advice on micro-economic and macro-economics issues you could work on include:

  • analysis of price, profit and other outcomes arising from commercial and business contexts
  • identification and analysis of specific economic cause and effect relationships
  • analysis of taxpayer decision making, which may include examining internal and external factors such as preferences, available options, market context, regulatory framework and the tax environment
  • analysis of patterns and trends in taxpayer and industry performance in the context of wider market and economic cycles risk assessment and case selection
  • analysis of the economic impacts and compliance issues arising from tax policy.

You may also be given the opportunity to work in one of our Service Delivery business areas.

 

Finance degree

Finance graduates play an important role in providing world-leading financial advice on the management of the ATO resources and accounting systems. Our finance professionals manage the resources of one of the largest government departments and the principle revenue collection agency in Australia. The way we manage our resources and account to government on our performance is critical in maintaining community confidence in the Australian revenue system.

You will be part of a team of dedicated professionals that provides a range of financial services to support our organisational decision-making processes and you could work in areas dealing with:

  • Commonwealth budget processes
  • internal budgeting and forecasting
  • financial analysis and reporting
  • preparation of financial statements
  • accounting advice on new measures and taxes
  • expense and revenue forecasts, costings and advice on tax revenue and tax data issues
  • corporate procurement
  • financial policy and assurance.

Finance professionals work closely with a number of key external stakeholders including:

  • Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • Department of Treasury
  • Australian National Audit Office.

Our internal clients include members of the senior executive, managers and staff within each of our business areas.

 

Law degree

Our legal professionals provide technical leadership for our organisation and promote certainty of law interpretation for taxpayers, their advisors, the Department of Treasury and government. We establish and maintain the ATO’s view of existing tax laws and oversee processes to ensure the consistency and timeliness of tax technical decisions.


We also help shape the development of new laws by working with the Department of Treasury, providing high quality advice on policy proposals and implementation of new law.


As part of a team your work opportunities will include:

  • having an influential role in shaping tax law, policy and design
  • managing our litigation cases and clarifying the law
  • managing interpretative advice and guidance
  • enhancing our relationships with professional bodies, consultative forums and the community
  • working with other business areas across the ATO to provide advice and clarity on law.

You could potentially work in areas dealing with:

  • legal advice
  • law interpretation
  • law design
  • dispute resolution (including early intervention and alternate).

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Information Technology Stream

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Where could your IT degree take you?

As an IT graduate at the ATO you can contribute to developing and supporting our information technology (IT) capability and support the business operations by designing and providing efficient and effective enterprise solutions, technology and knowledge services.

Enterprise Solutions and Technology (EST) is the custodian of the ATO’s enterprise architecture. EST designs, builds, tests and maintains the systems and infrastructure that underpin the ATO’s operations.

You could work in areas dealing with:

  • IT strategy
  • architecture design processes
  • information management
  • applications development
  • risk management
  • project management
  • IT and information security.

We want to engage people who have a degree or majors in one of the following areas:

  • IT
  • computer science
  • software engineering
  • business informatics
  • business systems
  • information systems
  • computing
  • other relevant IT degrees and double degrees.

You may also be given the opportunity to work in one of our Service Delivery business areas.

Becoming an ATO graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity and career development opportunities.

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Marketing and Communication Stream

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Where could your Marketing or Communications degree take you?

If you studied Marketing, Communications or a related degree you might be the right fit for the ATO Graduate program M&C stream. Our Marketing and Communication capability designs, develops and implements high-quality communications for a wide range of audiences using multiple channels.

We are looking for fresh-thinking graduates who can contribute to our diverse program of work including:

  • communication strategy
  • advertising
  • internal and external communication
  • change communications
  • writing and editing
  • social media
  • digital marketing
  • media and public relations
  • crisis communications and issues management
  • relationship management
  • stakeholder engagement
  • market research and data analytics
  • user experience (UX) design
  • production – graphic and information design, multimedia, website design and publishing, video production, speechwriting, podcasts
  • brand strategy and management

We are looking for people with a degree or major in one or more of the following areas:

  • advertising
  • marketing or public relations
  • communications
  • media production
  • journalism
  • writing
  • market research
  • design or equivalent (for example, graphic, web, digital or industrial).

Becoming an ATO graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity and career development opportunities.

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Human Resources Stream

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Where could your Human Resources or Psychology degree take you?

HR management in the ATO requires a professional and contemporary approach to managing people and the workplace culture and environment.

With this focus, HR aims to provide an exceptional customer service with effective, relevant and responsive solutions that meet the needs of managers and employees at all levels.

As an ATO graduate in our HR stream, you will help build a work environment that encourages growth and learning, and seeks fresh ideas and engagement. You will assist in driving change that improves the customer experience.

We will rely on the expertise you have gained from your studies and your past experience as you will be:

  • assisting our leaders and managers to enhance productivity through performance management, continuous improvement and innovation
  • implementing enterprise-wide integrated learning and development approaches to enhance organisational capability and agility, with an emphasis on integration of business and people systems
  • implementing workforce management strategies to enable flexibility in undertaking work and workforce shifts and achieve the optimum workforce mix
  • shaping the culture of our organisation by embedding our corporate values, including targeted initiatives for increasing engagement and discretionary effort
  • refining prevention and early-intervention strategies and implementing the people case management system to maintain a safe and healthy work environment and a productive workforce
  • building and maintaining sustainable human resources systems that support our organisation in delivering to the community.

You could work in areas dealing with:

  • workforce strategy
  • workforce capability
  • workforce supply
  • learning and development
  • performance and conduct
  • industrial relations
  • leadership development
  • workplace diversity
  • health and safety.

Becoming an ATO graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity and career development opportunities.

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Design Stream

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Where could your Design degree take you?

The ATO has a strong Service Design capability that offers exciting opportunities for design graduates. You could work with our team of internal designers, a team of like-minded creative individuals, on exciting initiatives that will make a real difference to the Australian community.

We partner with our clients to design administrative services that keep the user at the centre of the process; balancing their needs with organisational vision and government agenda to deliver optimal outcomes.

Our designers work in multi-disciplinary teams to design new or improved products, services, systems and processes. They explore opportunities to improve administrative practices and in doing so, our designers play an important role in fostering willing participation in our tax and superannuation systems.

As a graduate in our Graduate program Design stream, you may be working with teams on design engagements involving the following disciplines:

  • design leadership
  • user-experience design
  • information design
  • business improvement.

We want to engage people who have a degree or majors in:

  • business process design
  • communication design
  • graphic design
  • innovation and design
  • industrial design
  • visual communication.

The attributes we look for in our designers include; the ability to work collaboratively, the energy to take on varied work, inquisitiveness to challenge the status quo, passion to make a difference, flexibility in design approach and being comfortable with ambiguity and changing circumstances.

Becoming an ATO graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity and career development opportunities.

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/grads

Our Graduates

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Hear from our Graduates

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Stephanie, Taxation

‘My current role has involvement in all business areas of the department and enables cross government department collaboration on specific projects. I love the exposure to different business areas and government departments. I also enjoy collaborating with others, whether in my team or external, and coming up with a solution to a problem. I find great satisfaction in the start to finish process of: recognising a problem, collaborating with others to solve the problem and then presenting these solutions to management for implementation.’

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Andrew, Analytics

‘A highlight of my grad program was travelling to Sydney with the other Analytics grads from around Australia to be trained on 'machine learning' by data scientist Eugene Dubrosarssky. It was an exciting introduction to an emerging technology, and it was good to meet graduates from other sites and compare experiences’.

 

Anna, Human Resources

‘Being in a room with the other grads for three days at induction we really started to bond with one another. It was comforting to know we were all going to be on the same journey together and I realised everyone in the room was probably as nervous as I was!’

 

Jarrod, IT

‘As a graduate forensics officer I assist in forensically processing and analysing digital evidence in our lab for legal and investigation clients. I have a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree but no legal background and am building my legal skills as part of my work. I’m excited to see what’s next in store with the forensics and investigations team’.

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James, Design

‘Being part of the graduate program has allowed me to work on a broad range of challenging projects. Each has helped me to grow as a designer, and has exposed me to opportunities where I can use my design skills in many different applications.’

 

Liam, Marketing and Communication

‘The ATO graduate program has provided me with career opportunities that would never have really occurred to me when I first applied. I have been able to build networks during the program that have shifted my career path towards content development and user-research. I now am working on validating improvements to our digital services, helping the ATO co-design with our most important users – every day Australians.’

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Danny, Taxation

‘The grad program helps to develop a combination of wide ranging and specialist skills. ATO's investment in its staff is notable and worthwhile: Bring your open mind, flexibility and commitment to the ATO where you can be rewarded with an exemplary public service career.’

The Evergreen Indigenous Program

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The Evergreen Program

The ATO Evergreen program is an entry-level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It will provide you an opportunity to start your career and develop your professional and technical skills in the public service.

The Evergreen program combines work experience and formal training with a permanent job on successful completion of the program.

ATO Evergreen program

What we offer

As part of the program, we offer:

  • an national, intensive and challenging program
  • a starting salary of over $54,000 (APS 2 level)
  • two challenging nine-month work rotations, with the opportunity to work in a variety of roles
  • regular training in a wide range of topics, including
    • how government works
    • introduction to tax and superannuation
    • various professional skills
  • support from a dedicated program manager, rotation team leaders and buddies
  • secure and competitive employment conditions
  • an opportunity to work within one of the largest Australian Public Service (APS) organisations.

On successful completion of the program you will:

  • be offered a permanent job
  • receive formal recognition for completing the program
  • advance to APS 3 (the next classification level) and be paid a salary of over $61,000 with excellent superannuation benefits
  • continue to receive a wide range of employee benefits, including leave conditions, annual salary advancement, and flexible working hours.

To find out more visit ato.gov.au/evergreen

University Partnership Employment Program

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Are you a university student looking for meaningful, diverse, challenging work? Do you want to gain industry experience while you study?

The University Partnership Employment Program (UPEP) offers talented students undertaking tertiary study at Bachelor level or above with an interesting and flexible experience, working for a large government agency.

Eligibility

To be eligible for UPEP you must:

  • be enrolled in a Bachelor degree or above
  • have completed at least 12 months of study
  • be an Australian citizen
  • have a good academic performance (GPA of Credit or above) and a strong work ethic

The job

You will be employed as a casual at the APS2 level. The work will be flexible enough to support your study commitments and your hours are to be negotiated with your manager.

You will be placed in areas relevant to your studies. These areas include Business, Commerce, Law, Information Technology and STEM.

How to apply

Register at https://www.ato.gov.au/about-ato/careers/entry-level-programs/university-partnership-employment-program/

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