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  • Graduate Program eligibility

    Find out if you are eligible to apply for the ATO Graduate Program.

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    Who can apply for our graduate program

    You can apply to our graduate program if you:

    • are an Australian citizen at the time of application and are willing to undergo police and character checks as required
    • have completed your university degree within the last 5 years or are in your final year of study. By the time you start our program, you must have provided evidence you have successfully completed your qualification. If your institution participates in MyEquals, we will require you to provide this using MyEquals.

    To be eligible for an early intake of the 2024 program, you must have completed your degree by 30 June 2023 and you must be applying for the IT or taxation streams.

    Recognition of overseas qualifications

    If you hold international qualifications, you'll need to provide us with a statement verifying recognition of your qualifications.

    You can verify your qualifications by the Department of Education, Skills and EmploymentExternal Link.

    We will not consider your application if it does not include this supporting documentation.

    If you have questions about your eligibility, email

    Indigenous affirmative measures

    We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply to our graduate program. Some positions in the program will be filled using the Indigenous affirmative measure.

    To apply for the ATO Graduate Program through the affirmative measures process, you must be able to provide written evidence that you:

    • are of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
    • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • are accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live or have lived
    • are an Australian citizen.

    If this applies to you, you will be able to select this option on the ATO Careers page.

    For more information, see A guide for applicantsExternal Link on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

    Disability affirmative measure

    We encourage people with disability to apply to our graduate program. Some positions in the program will be filled using the disability affirmative measure. They will only be open to people with disability.

    Meaning of disability

    Persons are considered to have a disability if they have a limitation, restriction or impairment which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least 6 months and restricts their everyday activities. This also includes episodic conditions if they are likely to recur.

    See the Australian Public Service Commission definition of disabilityExternal Link for more information.

    Evidence of disability

    To confirm you're eligible for employment under the disability affirmative measure, you must give us evidence that you are a person with disability. This does not need to include information about your type of disability unless the vacancy itself has been restricted to people with a particular type of disability.

    You will need to provide evidence if you are shortlisted for the next stage of the application process.

    Find out more at APSC Disability affirmative measure – a guide for applicantsExternal Link.

    Last modified: 03 Mar 2023QC 49418