Information technology (IT) graduates help the organisation achieve
by providing efficient and effective enterprise solutions and IT
services, including IT architecture and design services, applications,
This year applications will be open for those with a
bachelor degree or higher in the following areas:
We are looking for successful IT graduates who have the drive and ability
You will be working as part of
the Enterprise Solutions and Technology (EST) business line. This line is responsible
for our IT program of work, which enables and supports a number of services and
EST supports our organisation to achieve business outcomes
by providing efficient and effective enterprise solutions and IT services. This
includes IT architecture and design services, applications, infrastructure, and
EST provides leadership enterprise processes and
capabilities through the following areas:
EST provides enterprise solutions and technology services
that underpin much of our work.
As a graduate you will respond innovatively to the changing needs of the community, helping enhance
our already world-leading processes, infrastructure and technology. You will
undertake challenging and rewarding work through rotational
placements in one or more of the following areas:
If you are looking for a head start on a challenging and
rewarding career, this is the program for you.
We want to get you involved in the design and implementation
of efficient and effective solutions to enhance interactions with the tax and
We also contribute to whole-of-government initiatives.
You will 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.
We strive to improve our processes and systems by developing
calculators, portals, phone and online services. We challenge you to
investigate issues by listening to community feedback and identifying
improvements. We want you to help us continue to strengthen our analytical and
risk management capabilities to provide greater differentiation of our services
and compliance treatments.
You will ensure our processes, infrastructure and technology
meet the changing needs of the community, and support the client experience by
delivering improvements that:
Enhancing the capability of our people to meet future corporate
outcomes is a key priority. 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.
an IT graduate will give you the opportunity to experience our excellent work
conditions, job diversity and to sketch your future in your industry of choice. You can
contribute towards the tax and superannuation systems that underpin the
Australian way of life.
The best part about working at the ATO is the work
life balance, and being flexible around the outside commitments you may have.
The other perks are the skills that you develop through the different teams and
rotations as well as the training that is provided and the chance to work with
the unique IT systems.
The first rotation that I was involved in was Australian Business Register (ABR),
which I was placed into the design team where I was responsible for creating
and modifying screen designs for the revamped ABR website. What I have learnt
and liked from this rotation was getting to work on a major project, working to
deadlines and knowing that my work will be able to be viewed by the public.
My second rotation was in the Data Services team,
where I was required to write structured query language code scripts to
fix defects within the ABR and portal databases. This rotation was able to help
me to expand my knowledge and gain vital experience while receiving help from
mentors and experts.
What I have really enjoyed the most while working
here is the different teams you get to interact with and which you can learn a
lot from; also the interesting people you work and socialise with. There are
also different sporting groups which you can join and network with, as well as
the social events which are held by the social club.
Being part of the first ever
IT graduate 2012 intake for Melbourne
was certainly a very interesting and exciting experience. We were like the
prototype, if you will, and as such it was fraught with uncertainty but also a
chance to show self initiative and provide feedback for future improvement.
The first two weeks of
induction was exciting and full of learning everyday. Though the experience of
meeting new people, learning a large variety of new tasks (especially for
someone from a non-tax background) was sometime overwhelming, it proved to be a
valuable and often entertaining experience. I highly recommend talking and
getting to know everyone during this induction period, and remember they are
all just made up of the same nervous bundle as you.
One of the best facets about
being in the graduate program is the amount of support you get from the
graduate program manager, speaking from my perspective of course, as they
really do try to help you find varying and interesting work. Even if it is not
what you thought you would be doing you might discover new insights, so it’s
always best to keep an open mind.
My first rotation was with Bulk Data Exchange, a part of enterprise application, where I was given
the opportunity to work with many experienced and talented individuals,
including IBM contractors. Using the latest technology in process-oriented
programming, I was given the chance to work on a project from the very
My second rotation was with major release 2 build, part of what is known as major program, this time we
worked with ATO’s legacy and mainframe system in collaboration with the Accenture
That’s the point about
working in the IT part of the ATO, not only do you get to work with many people
from different areas of the public sector, but you will also get a chance to
work with those in the private sector as well.
During the year a number of
IT graduates and I had the opportunity to speak with the Commissioner, Michael
D'Ascenzo. This experience represents how easy it is to speak to just about
anyone in the ATO, and shows how the ATO is a community and not just a
A career within the ATO is
certainly not for everyone, but if you want to work in an organisation that
serves the public good, as well as allows you to continually develop and grow,
then the ATO might just be for you. And who knows? You might even learn to love
it here. Did I mention the great work/life balance?
After graduating from
university, I spent several years working for private firms gaining experience
in different industries and roles. I decided to apply for the ATO graduate program to gain more stability and enhance my future career prospects. After a
lengthy but worthwhile application process I was offered an ongoing position
with the ATO.
My career with the ATO began
in early 2012 and in the first two weeks I was introduced to a range of topics
designed to provide an understanding about the organisation, how it administers
our tax system and prepare us for the year ahead. It also gave me an
opportunity to network with other graduates, employees and trainers I would be
Throughout the year I
undertook a range of valuable corporate and IT specific training, giving me an
understanding of how organisation applies the whole of government frameworks as
well as risk, quality and project management in the workplace.
The workplace rotations have
seen me work within IT Security and
Corporate Analytics, exposing me to business modelling, project management,
network administration, database administration, secure coding, security
frameworks and data mining and visualisation.
The graduate managers, team
leaders and other staff have been a pleasure to work with, providing me with
all the help and support I required to relocate, fulfil my duties and achieve
the goals set out for me.
The ATO prides itself on its
culture which fosters mutual respect, diversity, honesty and integrity and
invites you to be able to express ideas for innovation and improvement wherever
an opportunity may exist leading way for a fulfilling career.
The graduate program is
definitely a worthwhile experience whether you have just finished university or
are looking to expand your career beyond what you thought possible. The program
aims to develop the future leaders of tomorrow, so why not get started today?
I joined the ATO graduate program in 2012, after deciding to move from the private defence industry to
the Tax Office in the pursuit of opportunities to better develop my skills
across a broad range of capabilities and to create a foundation for a
successful and rewarding career.
Upon commencing the program,
I soon realised just how much time, endeavour, and consideration has been put
into the graduate program from all levels of the organisation. From the
well-planned and informative 2-week induction period to the comprehensive
corporate and technical training days scheduled for each week, the Tax Office
has made a considerable investment in its graduate workforce.
As part of the IT stream, I
was required to complete two 6 month rotations in different business lines to
gain knowledge, experience, and exposure to diverse areas of the organisation.
My first rotation as part of
the graduate program involved working in the Enterprise Design branch of the
Business Solutions sub-plan. Business Solutions is responsible for leading
design within the ATO to ensure changes made to the tax and superannuation
systems are the right changes, provide the right design solutions, and lead to
the right outcomes for government. Working in Business Solutions has provided
me a strong foundation and understanding of how discretionary and
non-discretionary changes are implemented within the Tax Office, and just how
important the design phase is ensuring changes to products are implemented
My second rotation entailed
working in the Enterprise Testing branch, where I was specifically involved
with testing release 7 of the unclaimed super monies project. After
working in the beginning phases of a project lifecycle in my first rotation, it
was good to experience the end phases of a lifecycle and appreciate how
imperative testing is to ensuring high quality changes are released into
I have also been fortunate
enough to participate in the Enterprise Solutions and Technology mentoring program. Participating in the mentoring program has allowed me to
discuss work related issues, career opportunities and development ideas with my
mentor, and is another example of the support you can come to expect from
working in the ATO.