How to Improve Your Chances of Working With the ATO

Working with the ATO delivering a client experience that defies expectations can make for a highly rewarding career. Designing solutions that turn problems into solutions; building and implementing cutting-edge systems that engage, and make it easier for customers to do the right thing and shaping the way legislation is interpreted and applied is all part of the job. Influencing new policy and being able to test yourself against the best minds in your field, not just in Australia, but on a global stage, is an attainable goal. 

People are drawn to the ATO for varied reasons. Known internationally as a leading tax and superannuation administration for its contemporary service, expertise and integrity, they are recognised as committed and innovative, and its achievements have been celebrated and replicated by other tax administrations. Furthermore, they collaborate across boundaries and engage with their clients and partners to deliver real outcomes. But what are the pathways to a career working with the ATO?

ATO Graduate Course

The ATO offers the opportunity to work as part of their award-winning and highly professional organisation. The ATO’s continuous investment in professional growth and development ensures a progressive, immersive and practical course is offered. 

They offer:

  • Flexibility to provide an optimum work-life balance 
  • Generous leave (with the ability to purchase more)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • A national presence
  • An opportunity-rich environment where you can take charge of your career and go somewhere unexpected.

It’s an intensive 12-month program that offers challenging work rotations, to develop your skills and explore different areas of interest. You’ll be assigned a Program Manager, always on hand to guide you through the various processes, excellent training opportunities, and most importantly an advancement upon successful completion of the course on top of the generous starting salary of $71,000+. The course will stretch you, but in return, you will be rewarded with flexible working arrangements, a workplace culture that is supportive and promotes equal opportunity, and an excellent social and networking base with fellow graduates.

Beyond the Course

On completion, the ATO will offer you a role that is commensurate with your particular skills and abilities, an opportunity to continue to advance your qualifications the next classification level APS4. And to develop networks and professional contacts. 

To find out more about the program and apply for the 2021 intake, click here

How you can start working with the ATO

Advertised Jobs

The ATO has its own portal offering all current vacancies. The portal offers the opportunity to sign up to receive regular notifications matched to your abilities and circumstances, as well as valuable, constructive information for applicants. Click here for the latest vacancies.  There is also a great technical support resource page to assist with your applications. 

Additionally, you can try the range of career vacancy sites that offer positions working for the ATO. 

Australian JobSearch

Australian JobSearch is a first-class site for government jobs. From contract positions to full and part-time jobs, the site also offers assistance on traineeships, apprenticeships and more. Full of tips and industry information, this is a great resource for ATO jobs. 


Without any doubt, Seek is the number one website in Australia by numbers. It is far ahead of the competition and only seems to be strengthening its position. Seek is the most visited job site in Australia that regularly tips 20m visits per month. Seek is listed among the top 50 companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). It has also been listed among the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies Globally by Forbes, and Number One in Australia. Another staggering statistic is that Seek displays approximately 70% of all online job adverts in Australia. 


One of the largest aggregate sites around – rumoured to have the most candidates than any other site, its reputation for successfully matching job seekers with employers is highly regarded. Right now, there are numerous ATO jobs listed on their site.

Casual ATO Opportunities

The ATO also offers casual opportunities. This includes the University Partnership Employment Program, which seeks to offer shifts for a minimum of three hours. Details can be found here