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  • Eligibility and Applying for the Jump-Start program

    Applying for the Jump-Start program

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    There are certain requirements you must meet to apply for the ATO's Jump-Start program.

    To be eligible for the program you must:

    • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live or have lived
    • be an Australian citizen (section 22 of the Public Service Act 1999 requires APS employees to be Australian citizens)
    • be able to provide evidence of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent heritage to support your eligibility
    • undergo a criminal history records check.

    About you

    Successful applicants will demonstrate:

    • a commitment to learn new skills
    • a willingness to learn or enhance competency in using computer programs
    • flexibility and willingness to work independently
    • able to be a team player
    • ability to take a proactive approach to work
    • ability to embrace challenges.

    Application process

    If you're eligible to apply for our Jump-Start program, find out what's involved and how to apply below, starting with lodging your application.

    Once we have assessed it:

    • you may be asked to attend an interview
    • we'll make a preliminary decision and conduct final checks
    • if successful, you'll receive an offer

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    Lodging your application

    The first stage of the application process is completed online. You need to provide:

    • personal information
    • education level and work experience (if any)
    • evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

    We recommend you have this information ready when you start your application.

    It is optional to attach a resume (but if you do decide to please ensure attachment - maximum 3MB).

    Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an acknowledgment. Check if one was sent by logging on to e-RecruitmentExternal Link, and clicking on 'My Profile' then 'My Emails'. If your acknowledgement is not shown, email Entry level programs.

    You are able to log into e-Recruitment and update your personal details at any time. However, you cannot change other details in your application such as your employment and education history. If there are significant issues that affect the information in your application, you should email Entry level programs.

    When to lodge

    Applications for the APS1 Jump-Start program open on 11 October 2018 and close 5:00pm (AEDT) on the 1 November 2018.

    Reviewing your application

    Once your application has been received, it will be assessed and you will be advised if you have progressed to the next stage.


    You may be asked to attend an interview with a panel of ATO staff.

    The face-to-face structured interview is designed to further assess your suitability and interest in the Jump-Start program.

    Preliminary decision

    At this point your performance will be reviewed and your suitability determined.

    Final checks and offer

    We'll conduct a number of pre-employment checks. Any offer of employment will be subject to the results of the enquiries.

    It is a condition of employment in the ATO that you agree to have a criminal history records check. You'll be asked to provide information about yourself and to give us the right to check any information you provide with relevant authorities such as the Australian Federal Police.

    If everything is okay, you will be able accept the formal offer and start your new job.

    Last modified: 25 Oct 2018QC 56959