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  • Eligibility and applying for the ATO Jumpstart Program

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    You must meet certain requirements to apply for the ATO Jumpstart Program.

    To be eligible to apply you must:

    • be an Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • identify as an Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • be accepted in your community as being an Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander person
    • provide confirmation of heritage documents
    • be an Australian citizen

    We require applicants to provide their confirmation of heritage within six weeks of the program application closing date. This is to ensure that we provide positions in our program only to people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage – keeping our opportunities fair.

    About you

    You will demonstrate:

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

    Application process

    If you're eligible to apply for the Jumpstart Program, start by lodging your application.

    We will assess your application, and if you move to the next stage:

    • we will ask you to attend a virtual interview
    • we'll make a preliminary decision and conduct final checks
    • you'll receive an offer if you're successful.

    We don't accept late applications. Make sure you don’t miss out – sign up to job alerts on our Careers page or follow us on FacebookExternal Link or TwitterExternal Link.

    Lodging your application

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

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

    Have this information ready when you start your application.

    Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgment email from us.

    To check, log in to ATO CareersExternal Link and click on My profile then My emails. If you don't see your acknowledgement email, email us at

    You can also log in to ATO CareersExternal Link and update your personal details at any time. However, you can't change other details in your application such as your employment and education history. If there are issues that affect the information in your application, email us at

    When to lodge

    Applications for the 2022 Jumpstart Program open from 17 May 2022 and close 6 June 2022.

    Reviewing your application

    Once we receive your application, we will assess it, and let you know if you've progressed to the next stage.


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

    The interview is designed to assess your suitability and interest in the Jumpstart Program.

    Preliminary decision

    At this point we'll review your performance and suitability.

    Final checks and offer

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

    You must agree to have a criminal history records check. You'll be asked to provide information about yourself and allow us to check this with relevant authorities such as the Australian Federal Police.

    If successful, you can accept your formal offer and start your new job at the ATO in October 2022.

    Last modified: 18 May 2022QC 56959