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  • Apply for the Evergreen Program

    Applications for the 2021 Evergreen Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are now closed.

    This page explains how to apply for the Evergreen entry-level program at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

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    Application process

    When applying for the Evergreen Program:

    • you lodge your application online
    • we'll review your application
    • you may be invited to attend online testing
    • you may be invited to attend an interview
    • we'll undertake final checks for shortlisted applicants, including a
      • police check
      • reference check.

    If you're successful in your application, we'll contact you with an offer.

    Evergreen recruitment timeline

    The timeline for the 2021 Evergreen recruitment is:

    • applications open – 4 December 2020
    • applications close – 17 January 2021 (late applications will not be accepted)
    • interviews held – February to March 2021
    • pre-engagement and reference checks – April 2021
    • letters of offer sent – May 2021
    • employment commences – June 2021 (for successful applicants).

    Lodging your application

    First you will need to complete an online application. Provide your:

    • contact details
    • work history
    • education details
    • confirmation of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

    We recommend you have the confirmation of your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent ready when you start your application.

    Once you've lodged your application, we'll send you an email to confirm we have received it.

    Reviewing your application

    We will assess your online application to make sure that:

    • you're eligible for the program
    • you have some baseline core skills that it takes to have a successful career at the ATO.

    We'll review your application. We'll send you an email if you have met the requirements to move to the next stage of the recruitment process.

    Online testing

    The next stage of the process is online testing. This will be held from late January to early February 2021.


    If you are selected to attend an interview, we will contact you to arrange a suitable time. Interviews will be held from late February to early March 2021.

    At the interview, we will assess you on how you:

    • adapt to change
    • plan and manage a workload
    • analyse problems and develop practical solutions
    • provide client service
    • build relationships and collaborate
    • communicate.

    We will assess your skills through:

    • written tasks
    • verbal interview-style questions.

    We will also ask you to provide the name and contact details of an employment referee.

    Preliminary decision

    At this point, we will review your performance from all assessment stages of the recruitment process. We will then determine your suitability for the program.

    Final checks and offer

    We'll conduct a reference check and number of pre-employment checks. This includes a police clearance. Any offer of employment will be subject to the results of these enquiries being satisfactory.

    If you are successful, we will make you a formal offer. You will start your career with us in June 2021.

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    Last modified: 17 Jan 2021QC 49436