The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is the principal revenue collection agency of the Australian Government.

Our purpose is to contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of Australians by fostering willing participation in our tax and superannuation systems.

Our 12-month Graduate program is designed to bring out the best in you and help us improve our operations.

As an ATO grad you will be part of a unique learning experience that will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence.

Be prepared to go somewhere unexpected.


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Applications open on 28 February 2019 and close 28 March 2019

Citizenship / Eligibility Requirements

Australian citizens ONLY

Additional Eligibility Information

You can apply if:

You have successfully completed your bachelor degree, or higher, prior to commencing the program


To find out more and apply for the ATO Graduate Program visit ato.gov.au/grads

ATO Graduate program

We’re looking for people with the right chemistry to help us administer the tax and super system for the benefit of the Australian community.

As an ATO grad you’ll do work that makes a real difference, work that is meaningful, diverse and challenging.

We offer work you can’t do anywhere else, excellent benefits and conditions, a competitive salary, flexibility and an opportunity-rich environment.

We are one of Australia’s largest public service employers and have offices in all capital cities and some regional centres.

On the grad program you’ll work alongside other professionals to shape the future of tax and super in Australia.

We’re looking for people who want to:

  • Make it easier for people to participate in the tax and super system.
  • Do the basics brilliantly.
  • Deliver a customer-focused experience to all taxpayers.

We offer:

  • an intensive 12-month program
  • challenging work rotations to develop skills and explore different areas of interest
  • a program manager to support you professionally and personally
  • dedicated training and development opportunities
  • a competitive starting salary over $61,000
  • advancement upon successful completion of the program
  • a supportive workplace culture that promotes diversity and equal opportunity
  • an excellent social and networking base with fellow graduates

Great things come from unexpected pairings – apply now to see where the ATO could take you.

Applications open 28 February 2019 and close 28 March 2019


Muhummad Anwar – much more than I expected!

I am part of the 2017 graduate cohort in the tax technical stream. We have varying tasks from day-to-day from month-end tasks to reconciliations to daily banking. We do have time pressures and we do have to do certain tasks by deadlines given to us by the Department of Finance and the Australian National Audit Office. We have training and the grad program as well and this training goes on for the entire year while you’re in the grad program.  In total I’ve done up to this day 92 training modules but I think for me the most important bit about this training was the depth of it and how many different topics we cover during this entire program. Apart from the learning there’s also a lot of fun. One of the things I do is I go for a run with my director and my team where I work. Networking is essential while you’re in your rotations you realise the importance of knowing other people from different areas and how it can assist you in the current work that you’re doing. While working in the administered financial statements team we were given a graduate project to create a concept to create a concept video for training new staff members like myself. My experience has been really great, a lot better than what I initially expected simply because I did not expect this amount of training and this amount of mentoring. Life in the graduate program has its perks. It is a lot of fun. However I think it’s more about what you make of yourself. The more proactive you are in doing your task or in asking for new stuff, the more you going to learn and the more you’re going to be able to put in your resume for future job applications.


Joshua Southwell – shape your own experience!

I was offered a position in the ATO Graduate program pending completion of my Bachelor of Commerce/Arts degree with majors in Marketing and Psychology. Eight months in, I found the program’s rotation system meshed well with my multifaceted study. By engaging with several teams, I gained an appreciation for the diverse work undertaken by the ATO and built wide-reaching networks.

My first rotation was in the Individuals audience communications team where I worked on strategies to inform taxpayers about the tools available to help them manage their tax and super. My second rotation was in the ATO’s Public Affairs branch, a faster-paced environment which required many projects to be completed in a matter of hours rather than weeks. In both cases, I was given primary responsibility for several projects. I also contributed to a number of projects as part of the Graduate program. These provided a broad range of challenges, but also opportunities to engage with our fellow graduates in other locations, providing insight into managing substantive projects across teams and sites alike. There really is a lot of capacity for you to shape your own experience in the ATO Graduate program, and you’ll be surprised at the opportunities available to you.


Angela Tsui – the environment is collaborative!

I couldn’t think of a better place to undertake a graduate program than the ATO. Coming from a graphic design background, it’s important to keep in touch with industry trends and processes – areas the ATO is quite progressive in. The ATO Graduate Program was an enriching experience and I furthered my knowledge in a collaborative and insightful learning environment. One of the many ways the ATO fostered my growth as a designer was through experiences that challenged my way of thinking and expanded my skillset. I was given opportunities to delve into the world of design thinking, user-centred design and service design, and contribute to diverse, challenging and meaningful work.

I’ve cultivated great friendships through the program, with other graduates and people I worked with in my rotation areas. I’ve been fortunate to work with individuals who are just as excited and enthusiastic about the variety of opportunities the ATO has to offer. It’s been an exciting journey and I definitely recommend this program to designers out there wondering if they should apply.



Erika Raymundo – you can make a meaningful contribution!

I wanted a career that would utilise and develop the skills I gained at university. These days, thanks to the ATO Graduate Program, instead of dealing with Greek letters and rearranging equations, I’m writing programs that automate a process, produce data visualisations and create statistical models. The majority of what I do focuses on interpreting data in a meaningful way – it’s certainly interesting and I’m constantly being challenged.

My rotation in the analytics stream has opened up many opportunities for me. The ATO is quite a large organisation so there are always ways to improve the systems in place. It’s incredibly rewarding to be part of an organisation that embraces the idea of reinvention. The ATO Graduate Program offers a variety of experiences. During the year, I undertook analytics training, tax technical training, worked as a customer service representative and attended a multitude of grad-specific events. As a result, I’ve broadened my perspective and network. My advice to future graduates is to keep an open mind. Regardless of your skillset or background you can make a meaningful contribution if you take the initiative and make the most of the situation. Don’t be afraid to try new things!



Vishnu Chari – say yes to all the opportunities!

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Law (Taxation) at Monash University, I wanted to enter the workforce in a tax-related role. Where better to start a career in tax than the ATO! Being a part of the ATO Graduate Program has given me the opportunity to get involved in a number of activities above and beyond the rotations. This has included the APSC GradHack workshops with other departments, and opportunities to collaborate with grads in other streams. The rotations themselves have provided excellent opportunities to create long-lasting relationships with colleagues who help you learn how to do your job and why it’s important. You also learn about the more complex aspects of tax law and implement that knowledge through your work.

The ATO Graduate Program provides training to ensure a rudimentary understanding of the tax system in Australia, as well as stream-specific training. The most enjoyable aspect of the grad program for me was being able to learn alongside my fellow grads in a collegiate and good-humoured atmosphere. My advice to future graduates is to say ’yes’ to as many opportunities available through the graduate program as possible.

To apply for the ATO Graduate program visit ato.gov.au/grads

Applications open on 28 February 2019 and close 28 March 2019.

Go somewhere unexpected!