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  • Hear from recent Evergreen Program participants

    Hear from Evergreen participants who have recently completed the program as they tell us about their personal experiences. And hear the first impressions of some participants who had only just started the program.

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    Participant stories

    Robert Whybrow

    Robert Whybrow

    A friend, who had previously completed the Evergreen Program, recommended the program to me as a good career path in a great place to work. I applied and was successful in joining the program. Initially I was surprised I was selected, considering I am over 50.

    My first rotation was in Debt Early Intervention; which was a steep learning curve for me but was a good placement to learn many ATO systems. My second rotation was in Learning and Development – working on creative media. This has been a great opportunity, as my passion is photography. Creative media involves editing videos for learning and development projects. I also get to photograph many site events throughout the year.

    The ATO is a great place to work with plenty of support for Evergreen Program participants. This is especially good if you are looking for a career path in the public service. There are many different paths available once the initial training and probation has been completed. Interesting opportunities, along with great support, networking with other colleagues and a good work/life balance, makes the ATO a great place to work.

    Carissa Daisy

    Carissa Daisy

    I am a Wiradjuri woman from Narrandera, NSW. However, I have lived in Townsville, Queensland, for the past seven years.

    The program was a great opportunity for me to enter into the Australian Public Service. Secure employment and flexible working arrangements were a big consideration, and bonus, being a mum to a young family.

    During the 18-month program, I completed two rotations in different business lines and have gained a vast knowledge of the tax and superannuation systems.

    My skills and capabilities have developed immensely and I have had the opportunity to mentor and train new Evergreen participants. I have built strong relationships and networks that have assisted me throughout the program and into my current position.

    The ATO's Indigenous Employment Network (Moondani) has monthly meetings, which I currently co-chair. Moondani enables Indigenous staff from all areas of the ATO to share knowledge, ideas and events. I have had the opportunity to be a part of committee to organise site events such as National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC.

    I highly recommend this program to anyone, I am happy to be in such a flexible working environment that gives me a great work/life balance.

    Jasmin Turnbull

    Jasmin Turnbull

    I am a proud Aboriginal woman whose family lineage is connected to Mulanjali people of the Beaudesert area, and the Bunjalung people of the Northern NSW area.

    I became aware of the Evergreen Program through family and was encouraged to apply because of the opportunities for career progression.

    My first rotation was in the Business Service Centre. Whilst it came with challenges, I have built resilience and come away with a lot of knowledge. I had no prior knowledge of tax or superannuation besides how to lodge my own simple tax return. The depth of knowledge I gained in this call centre rotation is extremely valuable and very much sought after in business areas. This rotation laid strong foundations for my second rotation within the Community Education and Assistance (CEA) team – enabling me to work closely with Indigenous communities.

    You will get to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds in each rotation. You will increase your knowledge and ability to engage with diverse frontline customers and internal and external stakeholders. The opportunities to develop my professional skills to further my career are extensive. My program manager and team leaders have been very supportive. I now have the opportunity to give back to the community through education of the Australian tax and super systems.

    My passion and commitment to progress to represent our Indigenous employees was acknowledged when I was successful in my application for the role of Co-Chair of the Moondani Network (a site-based support for Indigenous Employees).

    Further to my development, I have also attended the Women’s leadership symposium and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee roundtable which were valuable networking opportunities.

    Ashlyn Hampton

    Ashlyn Hampton

    I am a proud Wodi Wodi woman and began my career with the ATO in November 2018.

    My biggest attraction to the Evergreen Program was the challenging, meaningful work I would be doing and the stability I would gain as an ATO employee. I also valued that my work would contribute to assistance my community and the wider community would receive.

    My first rotation was in Superannuation and Employer Obligations, completing desk audits. I found auditing to be in-depth. It addressed all issues within compliance and created a firm understanding of taxpayer obligations for me. I attended a few field audits which were interesting and gave me the full scope of a field auditors job and how they interact with the client.

    My second rotation was in Client Account Service in Service Delivery. The most rewarding part of this rotation was working on the Indigenous hotline and being able to assist the Indigenous Community through their dealings with the ATO, making them feel comfortable and assured that they were meeting their obligations.

    I completed the program in May 2020 and was offered a permanent position within Superannuation & Employer Obligations. The experience I received within the Evergreen Program helped me to forge friendship with my fellow participants, as well as my co-workers, managers and the community. I was able to understand and find my place within the ATO and have continued to work towards progressing my professional career within the organisation.

    First impressions

    We asked some of our current Evergreen participants what their experience on the program had been like so far.

    Kiana Dales

    Kiana Dales

    Since Joining the Evergreen Program, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of support shown to me. Everyone is so friendly and eager to lend a helping hand. I have never experienced the depth of training that is offered to new starters. This has given me the confidence I need to become a valued public servant and make a difference in my community.

    Ebony Featherstone

    Ebony Featherstone

    My first day was great! From the speakers who talked and explained things about the program to great program managers keen to lend a hand and show us around. Such a wonderful atmosphere and fantastic support from everyone.

    Molly Findlay

    Molly Findlay

    Coming into my first ever office job I felt a little nervous, but the working environment and valuable relationships I have formed have already made my first few weeks at the ATO such a fun and beneficial experience.

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    Last modified: 17 Jan 2021QC 49440