The ATO will provide you with a dynamic and rewarding career
in a high profile national organisation. We offer excellent professional
development opportunities through a highly-regarded graduate development program
The graduate development program is designed to build our
future leaders and technical experts by developing your skills, knowledge and
networks to help you throughout your career with us.
Features of the graduate development program include:
On successful completion of the graduate development program,
As a graduate officer,
you will complete an intensive 12-month graduate development program. During
the program you will receive well structured, well rounded training and
development, which will also include diverse work rotations.
You will be appointed a program manager at the start of your
program, who will be your conduit into the organisation. Your program manager is
there to help you with your ongoing development and to provide personalised
advice on your career progression.
The graduate development program consists of the following
There are four mandatory
requirements to be able to apply, you must:
We invite candidates
with international qualifications to apply for our graduate development program;
however, at the time you make your application you will be asked to provide us
with a statement demonstrating recognition of your qualifications. We only
accept verification from either the:
Your application will not be considered without this
supporting documentation. This documentation is required as part of your
More information is
available from Australian Education International(external link).
Once you have lodged your application, we will keep you
updated about the progress of your application throughout the process.
All our positions are filled on merit. This means we
assess the suitability of applicants to undertake the duties of the job, using
a competitive selection process.
You can apply online(external link). You
will receive an email confirming you have lodged your online application.
Applications are open from 4 March 2013 and close at 5.00pm AEST on 2 April 2013.
Your electronic application will be initially assessed on the basis of your answers
to the application questions and the mandatory documents you attach.
You will receive an email advising of your application status after it has been
This stage is anticipated to begin in early-April and
finish by mid-July 2013.
If we assess your application as ‘strong’ you will be invited to participate in
an online activity which assesses the skills, behaviours and competencies that
lead to good job performance in our graduate role. Your responses will be
measured against realistic situations you could face in the role.
If your results are assessed as having stronger
claims against the criteria than other applicants, you will progress to the
second assessment stage and be invited to an online ability assessment.
The suitability of your degree for the stream or
streams you have applied for will be assessed at this point. Note: Only degrees
relevant to the stream you are applying for will be considered.
If you progress to the third assessment stage, you
must attend an assessment centre and an interview. You must ensure
you’re available to attend our office and venue closest to you if you’re
At the assessment centre, you will be asked to
complete a supervised aptitude test that will test your analytical, conceptual,
problem solving and communication skills.
You will also participate in a structured interview
to assess your skills and potential for work with us. It is an opportunity for
you to make your case for selection. The interview panel will consist of two or
three of our representatives.
To help you complete your application, refer to the selection criteria provided below:
drive and integrity
When recruiting the best
people for our graduate programs we place great importance on fairness.
At this point your performance from all stages of the process, suitability of
your degree for the stream or streams you have applied for and your academic
achievements will be reviewed and your suitability determined.
If your application is successful, you will receive a phone call to confirm
your availability for the graduate development program. It is at this point we
confirm you are/will be an Australian citizen(external link)
at October 2013 which makes you eligible to progress in the
process. This is not a formal
offer of employment. We anticipate this will occur in mid-August 2013.
At this time, we will conduct a number of pre-employment checks/enquiries and
any offer of employment will be subject to the results of the checks/enquiries
We anticipate offers will be made in September 2013.
A written offer and package of documents for you to complete will be emailed to
you a few weeks after we have confirmed your availability. When you
receive the documents they will explain the conditions and checks we need you
to undertake before going on to the final stage.
If everything is satisfactory, you will then be able to sign the formal
acceptance and start your career with us.
You will need to organise your resignation with your current
employer so you are able to start on the required date.
Over 12 months, you will complete two work rotations and a
client contact experience to give you exposure to different facets of the
organisation. The client contact component aims to enhance your customer
Your work rotations will expose you to some of our main
capabilities. This will enable you to achieve a sound understanding of the work
we do and help you to identify which areas are of particular interest to you.
In addition to completing work rotations, you will be given
extensive technical training and corporate training.
The corporate learning component introduces you to the ATO
environment, our work and our people. Throughout the program, you are provided
with professional development opportunities to help you work effectively in the
ATO and the Australian Public Service.
The corporate knowledge component is a core requirement for
all graduates. It complements your stream technical training and ensures that
you are able to demonstrate:
Each stream will provide structured training days and
activities throughout the duration of the program. You will receive the schedule
for your stream shortly after you start.
You can apply online(external link). You
will receive an email confirming you have lodged your online application.
Applications are open from 4 March 2013 and close 5.00pm
AEST on 2 April 2013.
Your electronic application will be initially assessed on the basis of the
relevance of your degree or higher qualification and your answers to the
We encourage applications from all areas of the community:
When completing the online application you will be asked to
We recommend you have this information ready when you start
Select 'Save' at the bottom of the screen regularly to
ensure no data is lost (the page will time out if inactive for more than 30
Once you have completed all your responses, click the 'Save
and continue' button.
See the section on the Recruitment process.
You have until 5.00pm AEST on the closing date, Tuesday 2 April 2013, to submit your application.
Email us at GraduateProgram@ato.gov.au
You can identify the city you are applying for, but you cannot nominate an office in that city as graduates may move to different offices in their nominated city for their rotations and end of program placement.
Yes, you can identify the location you wish to apply for on the application form.
For more information go to the About us section or the ATO website(external link).
To be eligible for employment in the ATO graduate development program, you must be an Australian citizen by October 2013. You must provide your Citizenship Certificate as evidence on or before October 2013.
Late applications may not be considered. To check if a late submission may be accepted email us at GraduateProgram@ato.gov.au
You should first check if an acknowledgment was sent by logging on to e-Recruitment(external link), and selecting ‘My Profile’ then ‘View Emails’. If your acknowledgment is not shown, email us at GraduateProgram@ato.gov.au
You are able to log into e-Recruitment(external link) and update your personal details at any time. However, you cannot change other details in your application, such as your employment and education history, or your statement detailing your claims to the positions. You are also unable to update your site preferences. If there are significant issues that affect the information in your application, email us at GraduateProgram@ato.gov.au detailing your concerns.
It is proposed that the 2014 graduate development program will start on Monday 3 February 2014.
You are not able to defer your start date to later in the year, or to subsequent years.
It is a condition of employment with us that you agree to have a criminal history records check. You’ll be asked to provide information about yourself and to give us the right to check any information you provide with relevant authorities such as the Australian Federal Police.
You must have successfully completed a suitable degree at the end of semester two, 2013. Refer to stream information to view the list of acceptable degree types for the stream you are interested in.
have offices in most major cities and graduates are expected to move to
different offices within their nominated city during their first year to gain
experience and exposure to the different work these offices undertake.
Dependent on our business requirements at the time, your
rotation and workplace placement at the end of the program may be in any of our
locations within the greater metropolitan area of the city you are in.
You’ll undertake a comprehensive, structured training and development program in your first year. The program includes work placements; corporate, stream specific and technical training, as well as on-the-job training in a range of work areas. You’ll be assessed on your progress regularly during the program.
Yes, you can apply for positions advertised on the ATO careers website(external link), in the Australian Public Service Gazette(external link) or in newspapers.
Yes, if your degree meets the minimum requirements for each of the streams you apply for.
This will depend on the stream you have selected. All graduates are rotated through different areas of the office.
The graduate development program has four dedicated areas to
assist in your development. Firstly, you will have a program manager who will
manage your overall development and performance within the program. Our
trainers will deliver the different training components of the program. You
will also have a team leader in each work rotation to support and assist you
while you are working in their area. Generally you will also be allocated a ‘buddy’
during the program who is a graduate from the previous year.
Your program manager liaises with your workplace team leader and trainers to evaluate your performance. You will develop a Performance and Development Agreement with your program manager and this is renewed in each new work rotation. When this agreement is put into place, your performance is discussed and reviewed. This is all part of the developmental nature of our program.
Further external study is not encouraged during the graduate program and will not be supported by the office (that is, additional leave and funding is not available for the first 12 months). Graduates can expect a challenging year and may need to complete some aspects of the program in their own time.
The numbers of graduates we employ each year varies. Usually, we recruit up to 200 graduates across all streams. In 2012, we filled over 280 positions for varying disciplines in different locations, while 2013 saw us fill over 240 positions within the program.
The graduate program is designed to develop and build a graduate’s understanding of the ATO and the role it plays in our society. All necessary training is provided.
The program recruits nationally. We generally recruit graduates for this program in all major capital cities and some regional cities. The website will provide specific locations for the graduate program you want to apply for.
Where graduate positions were not advertised as being available in your state and you are required to move to another locality to take up this offer of employment, we may advance an amount up to $7,000 to cover removal costs (including insurance) under certain conditions at the delegate's discretion.
Joining the ATO through the graduate development program means you join with a group of graduates all doing the same program. This will give you an excellent social and networking base. In some sites, there are social networks of graduates from across the APS who provide a range of social events.
In addition, most sites have active social clubs. A range of events are often coordinated locally including sporting competitions and teams, family fun days and happy hours. The national network of social clubs hosts a sports carnival every two to three years. Newcastle will be hosting the next carnival in 2016. You can represent your site and state in events or just come along to enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
You may be eligible for further advancement to the next classification level, you can be involved in a mentoring program, apply for further external study, and start your first career-launching placement in an ATO business line.
Several factors are taken into account when making decisions about post-program placements, including ATO business requirements at the time. This means you may be required to work in any ATO office within the greater metropolitan area of your city.
To view an account of the experiences of some of our previous graduates, refer to the following testimonials:
View video testimonials from some of our previous graduates:
'We are looking for skills and attributes to assist our organisation to grow, and for you to grow personally and professionally.'
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