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  • Career Kickstart program

    Kickstart your career by gaining work experience and formal training with one of the country's largest government organisations.

    Our Career Kickstart program allows recent 2020 Year 12 high school graduates to enter the workforce with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    Applications for the Career Kickstart program are now closed.

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    Who can apply

    To be eligible for the Career Kickstart program, you must:

    • be a 2020 high school graduate
    • be an Australian citizen
    • clear our security checks (including police checks).

    What to expect

    The Career Kickstart position will give you:

    • a 12-month contract with the ATO
    • structured on-the-job and corporate training
    • a supportive team environment
    • an inclusive and diverse workplace culture
    • a competitive salary.

    Position locations

    Positions for the ATO Career Kickstart program may be offered in:

    • Geelong
    • Gosford
    • Newcastle
    • Townsville

    Our ideal candidate

    • Has successfully completed their high school year 12 studies in the last 12 months
    • Has competent written and verbal communication skills
    • Has good computer skills and can operate in a Windows-based environment
    • Can work in a scheduled, phone-based environment
    • Is resilient, flexible and independent
    • Is a team player
    • Takes a proactive approach to their work and embrace challenges
    • Has a willingness to learn


    Your work experience may include:

    Administration officer

    In this role, you will support and help organise our business areas.

    You may:

    • manage and maintain records and information
    • work with our stakeholders
    • compile and prepare documents and letters
    • data management and reporting.

    Client experience officer

    In this role, you will do a range of customer service activities in an ATO call centre.

    You may:

    • resolve a broad range of customer enquiries
    • provide technical advice on legislation, policy and procedures
    • verify and update data
    • record interactions in our business information systems.

    Training and support

    The program:

    • is a full-time, 12-month, non-ongoing entry level program
    • combines structured on-the-job professional training and work experience.
    • provides the support of a work placement team leader, learning and development trainers and a dedicated Program Manager.

    How to apply

    • Applications for Career Kickstart program open on 18 May 2021.
    • Submit a resume outlining  
      • your skills, knowledge and experience
      • your year 12 subjects
      • interests
      • extra-curricular activities
      • volunteer details
      • other accomplishments (e.g. awards, leadership, etc). 
    • Applications must be submitted through our online recruitment system by 11:00pm AEST 2 June 2021.
    • If you have questions regarding the program, email Entry Level Programs.
    • Affirmative measures and RecruitAbilityExternal Link apply to this role.

    Indigenous affirmative measures

    The ATO encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for our Career Kickstart program.

    Some program positions will be filled using the Indigenous affirmative measure.

    Applications for the Career Kickstart program are now closed.

    To apply for this program through the affirmative measures process, you must:

    • select the Indigenous affirmative measures option on the ATO Careers page
    • provide written evidence that you  
      • are of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
      • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
      • are accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community that you live or have lived
      • are an Australian citizen (section 22 of the Public Service Act 1999 requires APS employees to be Australian citizens). 
    • If you do not supply this documentation within the six weeks of advertisement closing date, you will be ineligible to progress any further in this recruitment activity.

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    Last modified: 04 May 2021QC 65464