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  • Eligibility and applying for the Jumpstart program

    Applying for the Jumpstart program

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    You must meet certain requirements to apply for the ATO's Jumpstart 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 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 our Jumpstart program, you will start by lodging your application. Once we have assessed your application:

    • you may be asked to attend an 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 work experience (if any)
    • evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

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

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

    Log in to ATO CareersExternal Link, and click on 'My Profile' then 'My Emails'. If your acknowledgement email is not shown, email us at

    Log in to ATO Careers and update your personal details at any time. 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

    When to lodge

    Applications are now closed. Sign up to job alerts on our Careers page to find out when applications open.

    Reviewing your application

    Once we receive your application, it will be assessed, and we'll 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 virtual 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 to allow us to check any information you provide with relevant authorities such as the Australian Federal Police.

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

    Last modified: 10 Aug 2021QC 56959