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  • Accounting

    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.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • Public Groups and Internationals
    • Integrated Tax Design
    • Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals
    • Small Business and Individual Taxpayers
    • Tax Practitioners
    • Aggressive Tax Planning
    • Indirect Tax
    • Serious Non-compliance
    • Superannuation

    You will 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 and tax data issues.

    You may also have the opportunity to work within our Service Delivery Support business areas.

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you.  

     

    Business

    You will find us on the frontline of business and have direct contact with taxpayers and tax practitioners. Not only do we look for ways to deliver cost-effective services to the community, we pride ourselves on being efficient, fair and professional. We seek opportunities to improve customer support and influence taxpayers. Our goal is to better understand the community, their expectations and emerging trends.

    Business is multi-faceted in the ATO and at the heart of the organisation; business plays a central role in the administration of the tax and super system that underpins Australian life.

    As champions of whole-of-government initiatives, we make it easier for business to deal with all levels of government. We do this by leading the Australian Business Register and partnering with Treasury to help Standard Business Reporting.

    We are a world-leading revenue collection agency. With an increased international focus and strong national presence, we are responsive and effectively deliver change to build confidence in our communities.

    You will experience specialised, hands-on training in a variety of areas. You will have two six-month rotations and gain experience working in our large, customer focussed, business-driven environment.

    You’ll get a real understanding of our business and as a future leader in your field; we will look to you to identify business improvement opportunities.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • Improving business processes through innovation
    • Identifying opportunities to streamline our interactions with taxpayers and increase our resolution of concerns in the first instance
    • Automating and increase self-help services
    • Improving our work practices and systems to better deliver on the accuracy and integrity of accounts

    Your work will challenge you. It will foster and build upon your capabilities and skills. The broad experience you will gain will help you find your career niche and sketch your future.

    You can use your initiative and identify opportunities to improve the customer service experience for the community. Some of your tasks may include:

    • assessing the integrity of taxpayer accounts by processing registrations, liaising with tax agents, and checking lodgments, payments and collections across all revenue, super and Australian Business Register products
    • analysing taxpayer needs and tailoring our products and services to meet those needs
    • providing assistance and support to small business or individuals with debt obligations
    • designing business solutions and project management in line with future initiatives
    • developing and implementing administrative policy in partnership with the community to minimise compliance costs 
    • providing support and enabling services to achieve business outcomes and establish a platform for future business directions.

    We are looking for graduates who will fully participate and bring new ideas into our business.

    With us, you’ll experience excellent work conditions, job diversity and get the support you need to fast track your career in a large environment.

    Bring your skills to consult, collaborate and co-design with our stakeholders and begin your picture with us in the ATO.

    You can apply if you have a bachelor degree or higher in:

    • business, business administration or business management
    • government and public management
    • international business
    • marketing and management.

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    Commerce

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

    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 may have the skills we are looking for. Did you know supporting people to pay their taxes could be so challenging and innovative?

    Building on our reputation and century of service to Australia, we want the ATO to be trusted and respected here and internationally. To do this we will work with government, agencies, small and large business, the tax profession, individuals and our employees.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • Public Groups and Internationals
    • Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals
    • Small Business and Individual Taxpayers
    • Tax Practitioners
    • Aggressive Tax Planning
    • Indirect Tax
    • Serious Non-compliance
    • Superannuation
    • Integrated Tax Design

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

    There are many areas in the ATO you could use your skills; we'll give you the opportunities to help you identify what interests you most. You don’t have to do the same job forever; we encourage you to try new directions. When you work for us, you get a career, not just a job.

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    Design

    You could work with designers in multi-disciplinary teams to help find better ways of doing things.

    Our designers 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 enhancing the community’s confidence in our administration of Australia’s tax system, helping us towards our vision of creating tax and super systems that are community assets.

    Design in the ATO is about facilitating change. Change may come in the form of new legislation, reviews, innovation, continuous improvement or business process re-engineering. The designer’s role is to help implement this change (or intent) in a way that takes into account the impacts on taxpayers and ATO systems and work processes.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • solution design / business analysis
    • user-centred design
    • information design

    Solution design / business analysis involves analysing business problems to design the most effective solution to meet our needs and those of the community. The solution may be a combination of people, processes and technology.

    User-centred design involves designing, planning and conducting design activities that involve users in the design process. User-centred designers understand human behaviour and how humans interact with products, processes and systems. Through the use of prototypes and scenarios they enable users to interact directly with the end-to-end solution being designed and gather information to improve the use and usability of the product and end-to-end solution.

    Information design involves interpreting, synthesizing, visualising and documenting ATO design content using both graphics and text to convert content into an accessible and useful format for use by the target audience. An information designer transforms complex, unorganised or unstructured data into useful, usable information.

    Do you have a degree or majors in:

    • Industrial design
    • Human computer interaction
    • Interaction design
    • Graphic design.

    A typical rotation could be in any of our business areas where there is a design presence. Rotations can vary greatly to gain a better understanding of the various design roles.

    Example work rotation 

    During the program, Zoe has undertaken two 6-month work rotations in separate areas of the ATO. As part of her rotations, Zoe was exposed to the challenges and rewards of designing for ATO projects and strategic direction. The work rotations enabled Zoe to practice different design disciplines in various areas. As a result, Zoe reflects,

    I now know where my interests lie and can start planning my career. I found the rotations to be a great way of getting to know how the ATO operates. I also discovered the diversity of work available, and importantly, was given the opportunity to build and test my capabilities.

     

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    Economics

    If you have a degree in economics you may use your area of expertise in a wide range of business areas in the ATO.

    Examples of economic advice on micro-economic issues 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.

    Examples of economic advice on macro-economic issues include:

    • 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 even have occasional work with the Treasury and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • Aggressive Tax planning
    • Compliance Support and Capability
    • Indirect tax
    • Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals
    • Public Groups and International
    • Resource Rent Tax
    • Serious Non-compliance
    • Small Business and Individual Taxpayers
    • Superannuation
    • Service Delivery Support
    • Integrated Tax Design

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    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 provide a range of financial services to support our organisational decision-making processes.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    Commonwealth budget processes

    • internal budgeting
    • financial analysis and reporting
    • preparation of financial statements
    • accounting advice on new measures and taxes
    • revenue forecasts, costings and advice on tax revenue and tax data issues corporate procurement

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

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

    Our internal partners include the finance teams within each of our business areas.

    You may 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.

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    Human resource management

    Our employees are our most valuable asset. Without them we would not be able to meet our corporate outcomes now and in the future. Our overall objective is to provide the very best administration of Australia’s tax and super systems.

    Our focus is more than simply managing performance or implementing rules and regulations for employees to follow. Our motivation is to:

    • support employees by providing resources to meet obligations
    • provide latitude for employees to develop skills
    • encourage employees to initiate innovation in the workplace.

    You will find people functions across all areas of our organisation. Primary human resource management teams operate out of our ATO People business. This area provides services that make us a sustainable, open and accountable organisation of high integrity. This is critical for us to meet our commitments to the community and the government.

    The essential service that we provide across the organisation plays an integral part in achieving our corporate outcomes and our expertise is very highly regarded.

    Human resource management professionals have the opportunity to sketch the future of many individuals in the organisation.

    You will help build a work environment that encourages growth and learning, and seeks fresh ideas and engagement. You will be able to equip our people with tools to help:

    • personalise our interactions with taxpayers
    • improve our image as an employer to attract high quality people
    • retain talented people who want to add value to the community.

    To meet ongoing challenges we will rely on the expertise you have gained from your studies and your past experience. In practice 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 and financial systems that support our organisation in delivering to the community.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • Workforce planning
    • Recruitment
    • Organisational development
    • Learning and development
    • Performance and conduct
    • Industrial relations
    • Leadership development
    • Workplace diversity
    • Health and safety

    Our professionals support our organisation by delivering services and programs to help us achieve our key priorities. We want to create a workforce that is equipped, engaged and responsive.

    Example work rotation 

    Michelle was a graduate in 2012. In her first rotation, Michelle had the opportunity to work on diversity, recruitment and engagement in the Compliance group. This not only introduced Michelle to the ATO, but helped her to expand her knowledge of recruitment.

    For Michelle’s second rotation she worked in the corporate performance and recognition team, where she learnt how we reward and recognise our people, and also ways to continuously improve their involvement. During both rotations, Michelle reflected on how lucky she had been to work with some fantastic people all across the country. She found the rotations challenging and rewarding, and felt they equipped her with a sound understanding of how our human resource activities support our workforce on a business and strategic level. This experience prepared Michelle for her first year and beyond.

     

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    Information technology

    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 are the custodians of the ATO’s enterprise architecture. They design, build, test and maintain the systems and infrastructure that underpin the ATO’s operations.

    Enterprise Solutions and Technology manages and delivers the ATO information and communications technology (ICT) forward work program, and enables and supports a number of initiatives across the ATO. We also leverage the capability of our service partners in the delivery of the ATO ICT forward work program and technology services.

    As the demand for technology services increases, we will continue to harness the opportunities it brings. This means the volume and complexity of our work will increase, challenging our capacity, capabilities and ingenuity. After considering what we need to deliver for government, this means we need to get smarter about our discretionary IT investments, focusing only on those that bring the greatest value to the whole of the ATO.

    At the same time, we must not take our eye off maintaining the currency, availability and reliability of the critical systems and infrastructure that underpin the ATO’s day-to-day operations.

    One of our key and fundamental people strategies is maintaining the theme of right people at the right time. Through this, we are able to build the type of workforce required by our business, and build a workforce that is robust and flexible enough to meet our future capability requirements.

    Enhancing the capability of our people to meet future corporate outcomes remains a key priority for EST and the ATO. By investing in our people we become more innovative, agile and responsive, which instils enthusiasm, commitment and pride in the work we do for all Australians.

    Graduates can work within the EST Business Line, enabling them to respond innovatively to the changing needs of the community and helping to enhance our already world-leading processes, infrastructure and technology. Our graduates help the organisation achieve business outcomes by providing efficient and effective enterprise solutions and IT services, including IT architecture and design services, applications, infrastructure, and security services.

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • IT strategy
    • Architecture design processes
    • Information management
    • Applications development
    • Risk management
    • Project management
    • IT and information security

    Graduates get the opportunity to contribute to the implementation of new policy proposals through enhanced online services and support people by making it as easy as possible for them to fulfil their responsibilities at minimum cost.

    As we strive to improve our processes and systems through the development of calculators, portals, phone and online services, we challenge our graduates to investigate issues by listening to community feedback and identifying improvements. We want our graduates to help us to strengthen our analytical and risk management capabilities, providing a greater differentiation of our services and compliance treatments.

    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.

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    Law

    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:

    • 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 work in areas dealing with

    • Practice Management
    • Strategic Litigation
    • Work Allocation, Reporting and Management
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Independent review and objections
    • Law Design
    • Revenue Analysis
    • Tax Counsel Network

    You may 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.

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    Marketing communication

    With a degree in Marketing communication you may coordinate and provide strategic advice and support for internal and external communications. You will design and deliver high quality marketing communication services to a wide range of audiences using multiple channels. 

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

    • advertising and marketing
    • marketing or public relations
    • communications or multimedia
    • journalism
    • writing or editing
    • graphic design. 

    If this is you, then you may have the skills we are looking for. Our vision is to ensure the ATO is trusted and respected within Australia and internationally. To do this we will work with government, agencies, small and large business, tax professionals, individuals and our employees. Did you know supporting people to pay their taxes could be so challenging and innovative?

    Our marketing and communications play an important role in supporting this work and help us to achieve our business goals by: 

    • simplifying administrative requirements to make participation in the tax and super systems as easy and seamless as possible, and
    • making sure our services and communications match the contemporary practices of business and governments. 

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • strategy and product development
    • internal and external communications
    • social media, public relations and multimedia
    • media and public affairs
    • writing and editing
    • research
    • graphic design, website design and publishing
    • managing our brand and reputation 

    During your 12-month graduate program you will experience: 

    • challenging work to develop your skills, knowledge and experience
    • on-the-job training in marketing-communication-related projects
    • an innovative development program, helping you grow your self-confidence, networking, management and leadership skills
    • ongoing professional training and development opportunities. 

    Marketing communication rotations 

    You will participate in two six-month rotations in marketing communications teams, such as Superannuation or Indirect Tax. We have a variety of challenging work including high profile projects such as developing tax-time campaigns, youth strategies, media and issues management, community engagement, employee communications and digital marketing strategies.

    Example work rotation 

    Simone’s first rotation in 2012 was with the ATO's Tax Practitioner and Lodgement Strategy team, responsible for engaging with tax professionals including accountants, tax agents and other important intermediaries.

    Simone worked on a number of key activities such as: 

    • writing and publishing the weekly eLink email newsletter
    • managing and supporting one of the ATO's main external forums, the National Tax Liaison group
    • writing scripts for the Commissioner’s segment of the Tax practitioner webcast video.

    For Simone’s second rotation, she worked on an advertising campaign targeted at helping small business owners meet their GST obligations. Simone:

    • researched the audience's needs and preferences
    • brainstormed ideas and wrote articles for magazines
    • worked with internal and external advertising stakeholders
    • developed strategies to promote GST YouTube videos
    • wrote and published promotional tweets and Facebook updates on the ATO's social media channels.

    Simone is now permanently placed in the ATO's Corporate Communication team.

    Once successfully completing the program, you’ll also be permanently placed in one of our corporate or business marketing communication teams.

    There are many areas in the ATO you can could use your skills innovatively, we'll give you opportunities to help you identify what interests you most. You don’t have to do the same job forever and we encourage you to try new directions. When you work for us, you get a career, not just a job.

    We look forward to you joining us and sharing your innovative views. Sketch your future with us in the ATO.

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     

    Social sciences

    With a Social science degree you could work with designers in multi-disciplinary teams to help find better ways of doing things.

    Do you have a degree or major in:

    • Sociology
    • Anthropology
    • Psychology.

    Our designers 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 enhancing the community’s confidence in our administration of Australia’s tax system, helping us towards our vision of creating tax and super systems that are community assets.

    Design in the ATO is about facilitating change. Change may come in the form of new legislation, reviews, innovation, continuous improvement or business process re-engineering. The designer’s role is to help implement this change (or intent) in a way that takes into account the impacts on taxpayer and ATO systems and work processes).

    You could work in areas dealing with

    • Solution design and business analysis
    • User-centred design
    • Information design

    Solution design / business analysis involves analysing business problems to design the most effective solution to meet our needs and those of the community. The solution may be a combination of people, processes and technology.

    User-centred design involves designing, planning and conducting design activities which involve users in the design process. User-centred designers understand human behaviour and how humans interact with products, processes and systems. Through the use of prototypes and scenarios, they enable users to interact directly with the end-to-end solution being designed and gather information to improve the use and usability of the product.

    Information design involves interpreting, synthesizing, visualising and documenting design content using graphics and text to convert content into an accessible and useful format for use by the target audience. An information designer transforms complex, unorganised or unstructured data into useful, usable information.

    A typical rotation could be in any of our business areas where there is a design presence. Rotations can vary greatly to gain a better understanding of the various design roles.

    Example work rotation  

    During the program, Linh has undertaken two 6-month work rotations in separate areas of the ATO. As part of her rotations, Linh was exposed to the challenges and rewards of designing for ATO projects and strategic direction. The work rotations enabled Linh to practice different design disciplines in various areas. As a result, Linh reflects,

    The rotations were great for helping me understand how the ATO operates. I gained self-knowledge and can see where my interests lie. I saw the diversity of work available which built and tested my capabilities.

     

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

    Do you have a degree in another area of expertise? If you are interested in joining the ATO you can look at our other degree types to see if we fit your picture.

    You can begin to create your own picture by working in the ATO.

    This could be you. 

     
  • 'We are looking for skills and attributes to assist our organisation to grow, and for you to grow personally and professionally.'

    - Chris Jordan
    Commissioner of Taxation

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