finance and accounting graduates play an important role in providing world-leading legal, financial and accounting
advice on our taxation and superannuation systems.
This year applications will be open for those with a
bachelor degree or higher in the following areas:
We are looking for successful law, finance and accounting
graduates who can:
finance and accounting professionals play an important role in enabling us to
deliver on our commitments to the Australian community.
By providing world-leading legal, financial and accounting
advice our taxation and superannuation systems are regarded as community
Becoming a law, finance and accounting graduate will give
you the opportunity to experience our excellent work conditions, job diversity,
and career development opportunities.
Our professionals provide technical leadership for our
organisation and promote certainty of law interpretation for taxpayers, their
advisors, Treasury and government. We establish and maintain the ATO’s view of
existing tax laws and oversee processes that ensure consistency and timeliness
of tax technical decisions.
We also help shape the development of new laws by working
with Treasury, providing high quality advice on policy proposals and
implementation of new law.
As part of a team your work opportunities include:
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
provide a range of financial services to support our organisational decision-making
Opportunities include working with:
Finance professionals work closely with a number of key
external stakeholders including:
Our internal partners include the finance teams within each
of our business areas.
Our accounting area undertakes a major program of activities
to support the community in meeting their tax and superannuation
Our intent is to maximise the number of Australians who
choose to voluntarily comply with their tax obligations, and to implement
strategies to deter non-compliance.
Working within the compliance area can provide the
opportunity to be involved in the implementation of new policy and government
You will be involved in helping people meet their
obligations by clarifying their issues, interpreting the law and providing
information through rulings, marketing campaigns, educational products and
responding to written and personal enquiries.
Opportunities include working in areas dealing with:
You will contribute towards the tax and superannuation systems that underpin the
Australian way of life and at the same time sketch your future with us.
I started the ATO graduate program in 2012 after completing degrees
in Communications and Law. Towards the end of my studies and whilst working in
a law firm I began to wonder what type of career would be the right fit for me
– did I want to work in a law firm or for a government agency? I can say with
100% certainty that I made the right decision in choosing the ATO’s graduate
program. Overall, the program is very well structured. It provides quality tax
technical and corporate training as well as useful practical experiences
through the two rotations.
starting at the ATO my fellow graduates and I undertook two weeks of induction
during which time we were introduced to how the ATO works and some basic tax
technical training. Our program manager helped our group of graduates feel
relaxed and excited about the coming 12 months. Induction was a great way to be
introduced to the organisation and discover new friends.
first rotation involved providing interpretive assistance to taxpayers and
their representatives whilst my second rotation focused on audits of businesses
classed as ‘serious evaders’. The work provided to me on a day-to-day basis in
the rotations has allowed me to work autonomously on cases as well as in a team
environment. My team leaders in each rotation have been very supportive as they
have understood that I am balancing normal work tasks as well as work and study
from the graduate program.
a large organisation you may think that you could get lost in the throng of
work and be forgotten. This could not be further from the truth. Not only does
the ATO offer a competitive salary, a sense of community and great work/life
benefits, such as ‘flex’ time, but you can really feel that the ATO wants you
to succeed here and have a long, enjoyable and challenging career. Even within
the first few weeks at the ATO I knew that this is the career that I wish to
have for a very long time.
major benefit of the program is the friends that I have made. Undergoing the
program with other graduates who are experiencing the same thing as me has been
great. We are a close group who go out for coffees, outings after work and the
occasional (or very regular) schnitzel for lunch.
the opportunities here are staggering. There are so many diverse areas in the
ATO; you really are not restricted to working in one area for years and years,
according to your degree type or the rotations that you have done. I strongly
recommend the ATO graduate program to anyone who wishes to join an organisation
that thoroughly supports them in any way it can and allows them to follow their
desired career path. I could not recommend the ATO graduate program highly
My lecturer at university once told me that everything has to do with
tax – I have certainly gained a greater appreciation for this after the ATO
graduate program. Tax is an excellent area in which to engage with critical
thinking, as the issues often involve not just the economic but also the social
first rotation was in Law and Practice, providing interpretive assistance to
the Finance and Investments Centre of Expertise. The team worked on
precedential issues referred from the Large Business and International business
line. I was immediately struck by how welcoming the team was and their
dedication to providing graduates with a worthwhile experience. My tasks
included drafting the ATO’s view on a precedential issue involving the taxation
treatment of franking credits, and assisting my team in advising on changes to
the income tax law affecting consolidated groups. It was fantastic exposure to
how experts in the field drew together complex information to develop legal
arguments. The work was interesting and technically challenging – but the team
made sure there was always someone around to point me in the right direction.
second rotation comprised of compliance work in the Micro Enterprise and
Individuals business line. It was a change of pace and the rotation provided
exposure to taxpayers at the other end of the spectrum. I managed a high volume
case load and it was an opportunity to engage with the community’s needs and
expectations firsthand. The most exciting aspect of the graduate program was
when I utilised my data analysis skills to identify a fraudulent scheme
involving compromised tax file numbers. It was incredibly satisfying to know
the direct impact my work had on the collection of government revenue.
graduate program began with a two week induction, which was ample time to get
to know the fantastic support network of graduate managers, trainers and other
graduates. The program is committed to see that graduates develop their
technical and corporate skills. We spent one day a week in training – this not
only refreshed the learning in university, but also opened horizons to new
areas of knowledge. These training days are also valuable opportunities to
share your experiences with other graduates and find out about the many
different areas of the ATO.
ATO graduate program has laid an excellent foundation for my career. The
work/life balance is unparalleled and there is also a great sense of community,
with various graduate social outings. If you are looking for a job after uni
that will provide a diverse and challenging experience, the ATO graduate
program is a great place to start.
New learning, new friends and great opportunity, these are three
concepts which spring to mind when thinking of the Australian Taxation Office
graduate development program.
ATO graduate program is highly regarded and as such after completing a degree
in Law and Commerce I decided to apply. I joined the graduate program in
February 2012 eager to take on full time employment and the challenges it would
first two weeks of the program consisted of induction training. We were
introduced to other graduates, heard from guest speakers and were informed of
what we could expect over the twelve month graduate program.
the year, I was placed in two different work rotations in Interpretative
Assistance role and in active compliance. As I spent more time in the ATO and
met new people, it was amazing to see how many different teams there were, and
the variety of different work there is to do. It was clear there would be many
opportunities presented to me throughout my career.
my rotations I was given the opportunity to do many different tasks, some of
addition to my day to day work, every Thursday was ‘Graduate training day’
(grad day). This involved either technical or corporate training. In our
technical training we covered important tax topics including income tax,
capital gains tax, superannuation laws and international tax amongst others.
The topics were delivered by professional and experienced trainers and provided
a great foundation in tax law concepts. The corporate training allowed me to
develop my presentation skills and presented me with different learning
techniques to assist me in everyday work. Grad day was always an enjoyable day
and in our lunch breaks all the graduates would go out for lunch and catch up
on how each others rotations were going, what movies we had seen and what we
had planned for the weekend.
learning, new friends and great opportunity – I feel very fortunate to have
been part of the graduate program and would recommend it to those graduates who
have an interest in forging a career in tax, accounting and law.
I finished my university studies with a double degree in Law and
Commerce. I was looking for an opportunity to commence a stimulating career,
where my skills would be harnessed and where a sustainable work/life balance
was promoted. These priorities appeared to match those of the ATO, and this
prompted me to apply for the graduate development program. Next thing I
knew, I was one of eighty-odd nervous new Melbourne
recruits that sat in the training room ready to commence employment with the
ATO in 2012.
graduate program consisted of two workplace rotations, with a client contact
experience separating the two rotations. Weekly training days that covered both
tax technical fields and corporate values were also provided, which meant that
graduates who did not have the law/accounting/taxation background were not
disadvantaged in any way.
first rotation was in an interpretative assistance team where I was able to use
the skills I had developed at university. I delved deeply into the complexities
of the taxation legislation; this satisfied my cravings for complex technical
work. The support of the people in my team was invaluable and greatly assisted
my development in the area.
client contact experience was fantastic; the steep learning curve meant that by
the end of my time there, I had a breadth of knowledge that was unexpected from
only four weeks of work. Assisting the community with their tax affairs gave me
an in-depth understanding of the tax issues affecting our society which will
assist my ATO career going into the future.
second rotation involved working in an audit team which focused on serious tax
avoidance and evasion. Involvement with external agencies, such as the State
Police, was both thrilling and eye opening. The investigative nature of an
audit team requires inquisitiveness and an eye for detail; skills that I have
varied nature of the work I have completed thus far within the ATO has made me
aware that it is possible to have numerous exciting careers within the one
organisation. I would recommend the ATO graduate development program to
anyone who is looking for a challenging career with a supportive organisation
that promotes a healthy work/life balance.
I applied for the ATO’s graduate program on the strength of its
reputation in providing interesting, dynamic, and challenging work experiences.
I found this reputation to be especially attractive given my background studies
in Law, and the continuously creative and critical problem-solving issues I
encountered whilst there.
my introduction into ATO working life I was placed, for my first rotation, in a
team dealing with precedential legal issues, something I enjoyed immensely, and
was exposed to a level of work I found both intensely challenging and deeply
satisfying. Throughout my time within this team I was given great mentoring,
feedback, understanding, and the best of opportunities, and this has only
served to enhance my level of respect for the ATO graduate program.
of the rotation system ATO graduates are trained, on designated training days
throughout the year, in the technicalities of tax. While I must admit of my
initial hesitation in hearing of this, I, along with my fellow grads, have
found these sessions to be interesting, informative, and dare I say it, fun
(not least of all because this is also our designated morning tea days; I mean,
who doesn’t love cake while studying?)
tax time we were also exposed to a client contact experience – this was
provided through a three week client contact rotation. Despite the ominous
nature of the phrase ‘call centre’, I found this experience to be endlessly
informative, both in learning how to deal with clients, but also in
strengthening my resolve when faced with difficult queries.
currently in my second rotation where I am now doing active compliance work and
so far I have been exposed to cases which have made me think, frown, question
my own reasoning and understanding, and yes, even smile.
So what can
I say about the ATO’s graduate program? In my short experience it has helped me
to develop a deeper understanding of the role tax plays in Australian lives,
forge lifelong friendships and contacts within an ever-changing work
environment, and provided me with the opportunity and motivation to build a
challenging and rewarding career in the Australian Public Service.
I joined the 2012 ATO graduate development program on the sage
advice of a friend, a current employee with a number of years’ experience.
Anecdotes about the variety of challenging work available, as well as exemplary
pay and conditions, were enough to convince me to apply.
completing a double degree in Law and Science at university, I began the
program as a law, finance and accounting graduate. An intensive fortnight of
induction activities with the graduate cohort introduced us to the organisation
and gave us all a taste of the corporate acumen required for what was, for most
of us, our first full-time professional job.
with this knowledge, I completed two rotations in different business lines over
the course of the year. The high esteem in which the graduate program is held
became immediately apparent; I was given the opportunity to make a meaningful
contribution to both work areas, across the interpretive assistance and active
stints of several months each were punctuated by the client contact experience,
about which much was speculated but little was known. Coinciding with Tax Time
2012, the three weeks spent directly assisting taxpayers with a range of
enquiries put a more enlightening spin on the broader tax administration
processes undertaken by the ATO.
tax technical and corporate nous was fostered throughout the year on our weekly
graduate training day, where we received training and completed assessments on
a host of relevant topics. The commitment of the trainers to our development
needs was beyond reproach, standing me in good stead for my future in the
I found the program to be a most fulfilling experience. I would certainly
recommend it to people looking for an exciting career in a flexible and dynamic
I joined the ATO at the start of 2012 after anxiously awaiting the
phone call to find out whether I got the position in the sought after graduate
program. The first two weeks of induction were a great introduction to the
office where all the new graduates were able to meet each other and get used to
their new environment. We were made to feel very welcome with several senior
staff taking the time to introduce themselves to us as a group.
first year saw me placed in two rotations. My first rotation was in
Interpretive Assistance, where I responded to taxpayer objections to their tax
assessments. It was my responsibility to analyse their objection and interpret
the law to determine an outcome. My second rotation was in active compliance in
which I worked in teams auditing large business. The opportunity to work in
these two very different areas was a real eye opener and allowed to me to
appreciate the diverse range of roles available at the ATO.
addition to the work rotation placements, we were provided with first class
technical and corporate training which has given every graduate a broad base of
knowledge which will be a great advantage as we embark on our post-graduate
program ATO careers. The time afforded to us during our working week dedicated
to our training and self improvement is a rare benefit that is difficult to
benefit you may receive from joining the ATO graduate program is an immediate
network with other graduates who are all in the same position as you. Working
with the other graduates towards a common outcome has made the journey
I would recommend the graduate program to anyone who loves to learn and is
looking to start their career in a supportive and flexible environment.
Making the decision to apply to the ATO graduate program has set me
up for life!
spent a year working in financial planning, I was really unsure of where I
wanted to go with my career and hated the idea of working 7-7 for the next 30
years. After reading about the grad program, and speaking to a number of
friends and family in the public service, the ATO seemed too good to be true.
The security, benefits and support we receive is nearly unheard of for
graduates recently out of university.
just finished my degree, I was unsure what to expect in an organisation as
large as the ATO and was somewhat concerned about being ‘lost in the crowd’. My
worries were soon dispelled after our induction. We were provided with ex-grads
to talk to and liaise with should we have any problems during the grad program,
and the teams I worked with were more than happy to help with any queries I
had. Our graduate program manager was always available to provide support as
well and helped guide us when facing any issues.
the program I undertook two rotations, one in GST and the other in private
rulings and objections. I really enjoyed both rotations, and they offered an
insight into two completely different areas of the ATO. In GST, I assessed
whether people claiming GST credits were actually conducting a business and was
also able to go out and visit people in the surrounding area to explain their
tax obligations. In my second rotation, I worked on the legislative side,
assessing if people could claim certain deductions, to objections lodged
guaranteed placement at the completion of the graduate program, my future looks
set. With a range of roles available to me and encouragement to advance within
the organisation, it would take a lot to get me out of the ATO. The
friendships, support and connections I have made will stay with me for the rest
of my life. Taking on the ATO graduate program is one of the smartest and most
rewarding decisions I have ever made!
Applying for the ATO graduate programs is hands down, one of the best
decisions I have ever made. Currently, eight months in, I can genuinely say
that I have never learned more and been exposed to so many new experiences
whilst receiving such great support.
studied a combined degree at university
of International Relations
and Accounting without any specific ideas about where I wanted them to take me
career wise. I was initially attracted to the ATO graduate program because of
its excellent reputation for diversity of work and continued learning
throughout the first year. One of the other big calling cards was the size and
multiple locations of the ATO allowing for opportunities for differing careers
within the one organisation which is something that is heavily encouraged.
first rotation was in Corporate Governance, where I was given the opportunity
to be an active member of an important new project team, as well as compiling
monthly reports on the efficiency of the services we provide to the community.
These reports are used as important decision making tools within the
organisation and are also published on the ATO website. During this rotation,
my managers gave me opportunities to gain as much varied experience as I could
and were very supportive, which enabled me to transition smoothly from
university to full time work.
between our first and second rotations, the law, finance and accounting
graduates spent three weeks in a client contact experience, talking directly
with taxpayers and answering questions on individual tax returns. The
experience was very rewarding in terms of understanding the issues taxpayers
have, and solidifying the tax technical training we do every week. It is
definitely something I will never forget as I continue my career at the
I am embarking on a new rotation in Fraud Prevention and Internal
Investigations. It is very different from my last rotation but I am excited
about the prospect of new experiences and continuing to learn more about the
ATO and myself in the process.
Upon completion of my Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major
in Accounting and Taxation, the daunting task of applying for jobs hit. After
walking up to the ATO box at ‘The big meet’, the person I talked to informed me
of the various areas the ATO offers and I thought to myself this would be a
great place to start.
subsequently joined the ATO graduate program at the beginning of February 2012.
The first two weeks were jam packed with induction materials and 16 bright eyed
graduates eager to start. I must admit the nerves on the first day hit, but the
graduate manager and guest speakers quickly turned those nerves into excitement
graduate program has exposed me to two different areas within the organisation:
GST audits and GST case law. Both areas are vastly different from my university
studies, but that mattered for little as the assistance I received from my team
members, team leaders and fellow graduates was second to none.
working in the GST audit division I developed my understanding of GST law and
applied this understanding to cases involving large companies. This involved
meeting with the client to determine why certain figures reported in their
business activity statements were different to what we have on our systems, and
then assess whether the company was complying with GST law.
now currently working in an area that specialises in GST law which requires
extensive reading of GST legislation and cases. Having not come from law
background, this has presented me with the greatest challenge; but the support,
encouragement and advice provided by my team members has caused me to continue
my steep learning curve of what happens in the ATO.
technical knowledge you gain from the trainers have been fantastic ranging from
income tax to capital gains tax to international tax. The reading materials
from technical training have been vigorously flicked through on a daily basis
and have been applied in my work rotations.
last 12 months have been the most challenging but yet rewarding time of my
young work life. The vast knowledge of different taxes you learn is the
foundation of the graduate program. The friendships gained are for a lifetime,
and lastly the team members and leaders have been an absolute blessing to my
short and rewarding time at the ATO.
I close off, for all you reading this testimonial and thinking to yourself
‘wow’ the ATO sounds amazing, trust me it is. The friendships you gain are
everlasting, the team members and senior colleagues in the office are always
willing to be of assistance, and did I mention the fantastic work/life balance
the ATO offers. Don’t believe me? Why not apply for yourself and see the opportunity
the ATO presents for you.
Upon completion of my university studies, I worked for local
government for a period of two years. Whilst it was a good introduction to
full-time working life, the work itself was repetitive, monotonous, and
ultimately unrewarding, in a somewhat rigid and inflexible setting.
Comparatively, my time at the ATO has so far been very dynamic.
the graduate program for 2012, I have received training on a variety of diverse
topics, both within my work rotations thus far and as part of the overall
program. The support provided to meet these training needs has been extensive,
friendly and well organised, helping to hone my strengths and address areas
that needed improvement.
first rotation was in interpretive assistance, providing binding tax advice to
individuals and micro enterprises. The diversity of cases within the area kept
me interested and engaged, and it was rewarding to see the practical
application of the knowledge gained through the training to real-life
second rotation has been with active compliance, encouraging and supporting
people to comply with the rules and regulations relating to self managed
superannuation funds. It has been quite a change of pace, dealing with
complicated and sensitive arrangements in more expansive case settings while
working with clients to correct issues in their dealings.
these two major rotations, I have worked within one of the ATO’s client contact
areas, helping to assist the public with general tax enquiries and support.
Being a people person, I enjoyed having direct interaction with the ATO’s
clients, helping to address their concerns and understand their obligations. It
was rewarding to feel like I actually helped people and made a difference to
a healthy work/life balance is a concept that the ATO actively encourages, the
flexibility and support with my working hours and personal arrangements was
quite a culture shock at first. Having made friends with other staff within my
rotations, I have seen a lot of support and provisions for various lifestyles
and working arrangements, given that many people have families and other
personal commitments to attend to.
several other staff who have been with the ATO for 10, 20, or 30 years have had
quite a list of different roles within the department, some almost as many jobs
as years. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to move between various
positions and responsibilities, should one require a change of pace in their
would honestly say that my roles within the ATO thus far have been the most
enjoyable and rewarding of my working life, and I would actively encourage
anybody looking for an engaging and rewarding career to apply for the graduate