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    Video testimonials

    Watch videos of our recent graduates talking about their experience in the grad program.

    Angela Tsui - Design graduate

    Angela Tsui talks about her experience as a Design grad.

     

    Mereen Cherian - IT graduate

    Mereen Cherian talks about her experience as an IT grad.

     

    Andrew Watson - Analytics graduate

    Andrew talks about his experience as an Analytics grad.

     

    Eleanor Ross - Human Resources graduate

    Eleanor talks about her experience as a Human Resources grad.

     

    Muhammad Anwar - Taxation graduate

    Muhammad talks about his experience as a Taxation grad.

     

    Liam Cross - Marketing graduate

    Liam talks about his experience as a Marketing grad.

     

    Written testimonials

    Read testimonials from recent graduates about their experiences in different areas of the grad program.

    Induction

    Anna La – Human resources

    At the start of the grad program we had three days of induction before commencing our rotations. The first day was a bit daunting not knowing anyone. The induction consisted of learning about the organisational structure, the values and ethics of the ATO, together with a workshop on accounting equations.

    On the last day we met our rotation team leaders who took us to meet our team. The team gave us a rundown of their work – a lot didn’t make any sense until I was working directly in the team. The highlight of the induction was being in a room with the same people for three days; we started to bond and it was nice to know that nearly everyone in the room was feeling just as nervous. It was a good feeling knowing we were all on the same journey together.

    Daniel Luton – Human resources

    On day one we met our first rotation team and got to ask them questions. We also heard from last year’s graduates. Day two consisted of a training session on Australia’s revenue and super system (4.5 hours!) and an IT systems overview. We shared our goals and expectations. On day three we discussed working relationships and had a union and Toastmasters introduction. We buddied with last year’s grads from our streams and got to ask questions and chat.

    As part of the HR specific induction we also learned about the different areas within ATO People (ATOP), change management, reinvention within the ATO and client relationship management. We also met ATOP directors.

    One of the challenges was remembering everyone’s name! It seemed like an impossible task at first - especially when you were meeting new people every day. Getting on top of all the training and initial emails was also a challenge. The sooner you organise yourself and get on top of everything, the easier your days will become.

    Ani Anisuzzaman – Taxation

    My first day at the graduate induction was one of the most exciting moments in my career; even though I already had a few years of experience in other government departments. The ATO was the place I always wanted to pursue my career and I was excited to see all the other talented graduates.

    To start, an induction outline was handed out to so that we had a clear idea of what we were going to do during our three day induction. During induction we were introduced to our grad manager and trainer.

    Grad managers explained the grad program structure and our trainer gave us a snapshot of the training course we were to undertake over the next year. We were welcomed by Commissioner Chris Jordan, Chief Operating Officer Jacqueline Curtis and Second Commissioner Neil Olesen, this was quite moving for me. In my experience ATO’s graduate induction was well planned, well organised, welcoming and easy to follow.

    By the end of the induction I was thrilled heading into my first rotation in Client Engagement, Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals (PGH) team. My study background is in accounting and my previous work experience was in a similar field, so my first rotation worked out really well.

    Kevin Arachi – Taxation

    On the first day of induction we met our rotation team leader who was to be our manager in our placement team for the first six months. The rotation team leader took us to our workpoints and introduced us to our new team.

    This was a good way to ease into the environment. A panel comprising last year’s grads was useful as they provided an insight into the workings of the ATO Graduate program. They also provided a taste of the experiences we may have during the Graduate program.

    The Commissioner and the ATO Executive welcomed the Canberra graduates to the ATO and this session was livestreamed to other sites nationwide. We were given the opportunity to ask them questions. This was a rare opportunity to pose questions to the ATO Executive and understand their vision for the ATO.

    On day two our tax technical trainer gave us a crash course into the Australian revenue and superannuation system. We learnt tax basics, such as the tax equation, and learnt fun historical facts about tax from overseas tax bodies. A 2015 graduate, who was acting as a Director, gave a talk about his experience working in the ATO in IT, and how his career has changed into a managerial role. He was also about to complete a MBA at university. It was interesting to see how rapidly his career had developed after only two years.

    On day three a Learning and Development trainer gave a workshop on working relationships in the ATO. The trainer was very engaging and made the presentation interesting, using audience participation as well as tasks to complete. We met last year’s grads and organised grad buddie groups - informal support networks. This was also a chance to ask general questions about the ATO. Induction covered most bases heading into Rotation 1 however I was still a little anxious heading into the unknown and working in the ATO.

    Training

    Rosalinda Wren – Human resources

    I believe the ongoing training and development is one of the best aspects of the graduate program. As a non-tax technical graduate, I knew very little about how tax worked (beyond the fact that I had to pay it!), so the first milestone of training was incredibly helpful to me. It focused solely on tax; how an individual tax return is calculated, what makes up each component, and relevant legislation and tax rulings.

    I was also able to complete training specific to the Human Resources stream. I participated in courses run by the Australian Human Resources Institute, met and networked with people from different teams in ATO People and furthered my knowledge of core Human resources topics and practices.

    I also worked on a number of projects with other graduates, where we researched topics relevant to the ATO and presented our findings and recommendations to key stakeholders. Working with people from various streams exposed me to different working styles, ideas, experiences and knowledge. The projects were unlike anything I had done at university because they had real life outcomes and our recommendations were actually used to shape and influence processes and organisation-wide strategies that were being developed and introduced.

    Kate Fung – Taxation

    In the Graduate program, we covered a lot of different types of training ranging from technical training, like tax law, to soft skills training such as emotional intelligence. The trainers are very friendly and knowledgeable. As a graduate in the tax technical stream, most of our training and milestones were about understanding the application of tax law. We can apply this in our personal life as well.

    The last milestone, also the most interesting one, was a group project about a real business case that required the cooperation of graduates from different streams. We utilised the skills and expertise from graduates from different steams to resolve a business issue. It was interesting to see all the different views and skills combined into one presentation. Overall, the training and the milestones are very essential in allowing graduates to experience different types of work in preparation for our final placements.

    Andrew Watson – Analytics

    The first milestone was training about the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, which is the fundamental basis for a lot of the work we undertake. Understanding concepts such as taxable income, deductions and offsets have been essential for rotations. My two rotations had a lot of work variety. Because analytics is a multi-disciplinary field we learned about statistics software, corporate intelligence analysis and machine learning. This was combined with workplace training like the Agile and Lean methodologies, risk management and resilience. Altogether, we learned a lot of skills which will forever aid us in our careers - both in the field of analytics and in other fields we choose.

    A highlight was travelling to Sydney to be trained on 'machine learning' by Eugene Dubrosarssky with the other Analytics grads from around Australia. It was an exciting introduction to an emerging technology, and it was good to meet graduates from other sites and compare experiences.

    Rotations and post program placement

    Katherine Burrows – Taxation

    In my first rotation I was placed in a Finance team. In this team, I worked on various projects from short animation videos to managing the team mailbox where queries were sent regarding various aspects of financial policy. I also learnt about many new measures that were being introduced to the tax system for tax time and changes to the superannuation system. For three weeks I was placed in a team who did outbound phone calls to taxpayers at tax time. This enabled me to get a good basic knowledge of the systems used to record and process tax returns.

    For my last rotation I was placed with the Tax Counsel Network. This rotation involved everything from attending phone hook ups with other business lines, to presenting an education session on new legislation and researching many and varied areas of the law. I have also had the opportunity to see how guidance products are developed to aid the interpretation and application of new legislation.

    I have learnt many great skills including how to research and interpret the law, how to start to build networks and how to manage working relationships. I have found that all staff I have worked with to be approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and happy to offer their assistance to me.

    Tanya Pyers – Taxation

    As a Finance graduate, I was striving for placements which would utilise and build on the skills I gained through university. Rotation one in the ATO Graduate program allowed me to put my studies to real application and hit the ground running. I undertook in-depth research to develop a group structure from data and also evaluated the tax risk of a large group of entities. I was provided with the same responsibility as a permanent staff member from the very start, with a mentor and team leader who gave me direction and assistance along the way.

    In rotation two I had the opportunity to provide taxation advice to the individuals sector. I developed strong legal research skills and tax technical knowledge in rental property and work related deductions, deceased estates, small business concessions, foreign trust distributions and assessable income. The ATO Graduate program has allowed me to make the program my own and take opportunities as they arise to develop my own capabilities. I have been exposed to diverse technical work types and I have broadened my knowledge substantially as a result of the rotations.

    Craig Dand – Taxation

    As a graduate in the Tax Counsel Network (TCN), I have had the opportunity to work with Senior Executive Service staff on some of the most interesting cases at the ATO. By their very nature, cases that TCN are involved in are always unique, unprecedented, or of particular strategic importance to the ATO. Being exposed to these kinds of cases, and working with such experienced and capable staff, has been a fascinating and invaluable learning experience.

    All graduates within TCN are also members of the nationwide TCN Associate Network. The Associate Network provides tax technical trainings on the most important legal issues facing TCN, and provides graduates and associates a networking platform to discuss their work to accelerate development as legal officers. This focus on technical excellence really appeals to me, and has been a great way to build on the concepts learnt in my law degree. The combination of the day-to-day work and being involved in the Associate Network has complimented the other aspects of the Graduate program perfectly.

    Anne Marie McKenzie – Analytics

    Entering the Graduate program was daunting, but being assigned a Program Manager helped tremendously with transitioning into work at the ATO. The program is a great way to get a feel for the different areas of the ATO and learn where you fit best. My first rotation was in Enterprise Analytics, Smarter Data. A typical day would involve a stand-up meeting with the team where everyone updates on their work progress and problems they are having, followed by finding, gathering, interpreting and displaying data to other departments of the organisation.

    My second rotation was in Data Science, Smarter Data. I worked on larger scale projects, and a typical day was filled with more research and model building than rotation one. I was able to utilise my university skills including the intricacies of data storage in warehouses, languages used to query that data and statistics. I have had regular capability meetings with my Program Manager to make sure I’m on track and they are also available to reach out to whenever you need them.

    Lily Tandi – Taxation

    The ATO Graduate program has given me an opportunity to gain knowledge and work experience in different areas, such as in the Review Dispute Resolution (RDR)-Litigation, Call Centre, and Private Group and High Wealth Individuals (PGH) – Compliance & Assurance. During my first rotation in RDR-Litigation, I was involved in a variety of interesting and challenging cases where I could apply my legal studies in a practical sense whilst undertaking a supervised legal practice/Restricted Practice. In my second rotation in PGH – Engagement and Assurance, I had the opportunity to learn how a case is identified, profiled, reviewed and audited. This gave me an indepth understanding of case management and rationales of case litigation.

    Throughout my grad journey, I experienced supportive mentors, team leaders, trainers and program managers who played crucial regarding my rotations, projects and assessments. Regular catch ups with my program manager helped me to keep track of my progress so that I could successfully conclude the Graduate program. Overall, the program has provided me an excellent stepping stone to achieve my career goal in becoming a tax law specialist.

    Stacy Prince – Taxation

    My current rotation is in Superannuation in Townsville. I’m responsible for auditing applications for new Self-Managed Super Funds. This involves profiling and interviewing trustees, and making a decision about allowing their fund to appear on our external superfund register. Today I am required to do a trustee interview – I’ll ask the trustee a series of questions about their responsibilities and obligations about being a trustee.

    The interview is done over the phone and lasts around half an hour. After the interview, I will be required to analyse all the information about the fund application, including the information provided in the interview, and make a decision on the case. I also have a meeting to attend about late lodger cases – this is where I’ll be introduced to a new type of work to try for the rest of my rotation! Super is a very busy area to work in and flex time is easily accrued, so some days, I get to leave work early!

    My first rotation at the ATO was in Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals (PGH). In this rotation I was required to profile a large private group, determine the risks to pursue, analyse information and have regular workshops within the PGH team. In PGH the most interesting thing I learned was the extent that some taxpayers will go to pay less tax.

    The call centre rotation in the middle of the grad program was where I was able to build my confidence with systems and communication with taxpayers. The experience was challenging for me, but I am a more valuable employee now since learning so much in the call centre.

    My last rotation is in Superannuation. I’m currently reviewing and auditing applications for new Self-Managed Super Funds. This is the front door to the Super system and it is very interesting to learn about the obligations and responsibilities of trustees of a SMSF.

    The work is fast and I’m given the power to make my own decisions. Each rotation is a valuable experience. Everyone around you is very supportive. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to put your hand up to try something different! Grads are encouraged to learn as much as they can in their 12 month program – it really is a program designed to propel you forward into your career with the Australian Public Service.

    Nina Yap – Taxation

    Entering my first rotation with a sense of excitement and buzz, I was first chosen in Parramatta in the Review Dispute Resolution (RDR)/ Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals (PGH) team. RDR PGH deals with objections on tax assessments submitted by the taxpayers. In this team, my day-to-day life would vary from processing amendments to drafting a legal decision ruling that would allow, decline or partially allow the taxpayer the tax amendment. As a law grad, it is great to utilise my legal knowledge and analytical skills from university in this area. Being able to draft a decision ruling that is binding upon the taxpayer is a tremendous task and I’m grateful that this was my first rotation.

    Furthermore, it was also reassuring that I was assigned a mentor throughout the rotation. This ensures constant support within the team and a good way of questioning and learning the materials. Throughout my rotations I had a feeling that this graduate program would end on a great note with many experiences to share!

    Hanish Rathod – Taxation

    My first rotation was in the Indirect Tax business service line where I was a member of the Gold Project team and undertook a wide range of activities from analysing financials and bank statements to writing formal notices. This project had high level media attention. I enjoyed the feeling of working on a project which was deemed to be of high importance and the opportunity to play a part in helping the Australian government take action against tax evaders.

    My service delivery rotation saw me being placed at the myGov shopfront in Martin Place where I applied my customer service skills from my previous work experience in a café environment. I was confident when interacting with customers and assisting them with tax related enquiries. I enjoyed being right in the heart of the community and understanding the issues individual taxpayers face.

    My second rotation was in the Public Groups & International business service line where I was a member of a newly formed operations team looking into the medium and emerging business segment. Here I had worked on a few different projects in this segment which covered taxation risks and lodgement obligations. This rotation allowed me to learn about the issues medium and emerging businesses face regarding their business operations and taxation affairs.

    Both rotations challenged me and offered me the opportunity to apply my knowledge and skills which I had developed completing my university degree and from my previous job as an auditor.

    Clare Mahney – Taxation

    My rotations as part of the 2017 Graduate program included working in the Small Business Integrity team and the Corporate Policy team. The type of work varied greatly between these two teams, and both were important to my personal and professional development. I was provided with great mentorship by my colleagues from both teams and was given the opportunity to contribute to meaningful pieces of work.

    In the Small Business Integrity team I learnt how to comprehensively profile taxpayers for review or audit and supported my colleagues with profiling, casework and preparing submissions. This was a multi-disciplinary external-facing team that worked in an interesting and important area of taxpayer compliance.

    Wesley Makins – Taxation

    My first rotation was in Private Groups & High Wealth Individuals (PGH), where I worked in a compliance and engagement team. The experience I gained there was invaluable, particularly because I was working on a new piece of tax legislation that had been implemented a few months prior. In my role I developed data analysis, review and writing skills. My team was really accommodating.

    My second rotation was in TCN (Tax Counsel Network). This role involved research and writing with the view of forming opinions as to how the law best applies to a set of facts. TCN advises on complex technical issues that business lines refer onto us in instances where there may be difficulty arriving at a conclusion with the taxpayer for the correct interpretation and application of the law.

    As a graduate in TCN, I assisted various members of the team across a number of cases with the provision of research and legal opinions on the application of a particular area of tax legislation with reference to common law legal concepts. My law degree has certainly provided me with a great foundation to develop skills such as legal research, technical writing, and problem solving, all of which are vital to the work in TCN. I enjoyed both distinctly different rotations.

    The ATO’s mentorship initiative is highly important in the graduate program as it ensures that graduates are given support and the opportunity to develop. I still maintain a great relationship with my mentor; he was, and continues to be really supportive of my career.

    Additionally as graduates, we are provided with support and feedback regularly from our graduate program managers and rotation managers. This process is pertinent to the development of your professional career and provides the foundation to build on the skills gained throughout the program.

    Lisa Souriyavong – Taxation

    I began my rotation in the Top 1,000 Tax Performance Program, as part of the newly created tax avoidance taskforce, aimed at large public companies and multinationals. A typical day involved profiling taxpayers and identifying possible tax risks using a variety of publicly available information. I also analysed information requested from taxpayers - this could consist of hundreds of documents. I worked on multiple cases at various review process stages, including preparation for internal workshops with technical experts, attending taxpayer meetings and writing tax assurance reports detailing our work and findings. Each day was a new experience, exposing me to different issues and aspects of taxation law.

    My second rotation was in Engagement & Assurance Services for Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals. I was given the opportunity to manage my own case, where, for the first time, I learnt how to follow different case procedures and use new programs and systems.

    Along the way I was supported by my graduate program manager, who monitored my experience and development at various checkpoints during the year to ensure I was demonstrating the required capabilities to be escalated to the next APS level on completion of the program.

    Alwin Ta – Taxation

    One of my rotations in the Graduate program was in the serious non-compliance area with a focus on financial crime. The work involved in this area comprised looking at taxpayer behaviour to identify risks and issues. It encompassed reviews and audits of taxpayers amongst other activities, such as interviews to ensure that the right amount of tax is being collected from these entities. The majority of the work I undertook was in relation to offshore tax evasion and concealment of income. There is no ‘typical’ day in this area as the work varies depending on what information is on hand and as such, there’s always something new to look forward to!

    There was also an immense network of support around the workplace. Aside from your program manager, your rotation leader ensures you are given appropriate work and support as and when required. In most teams, there is usually one past graduate that can answer any questions you have about the program.

    Client contact experience

    James Barker – Taxation

    As a finance/accounting graduate the contact centre rotation was a great opportunity to get my head out of analysing numbers contained within numerous returns and putting a voice to the taxpayers we interact with on a daily basis.

    We were eased into the rotation with two weeks of non-call training, then given our own dedicated desk to begin answering inbound calls. During the course of the rotation we assisted a wide range of taxpayers; from those who were fourteen and just starting work who were wondering about the status of their TFN application, to those who were past retirement age looking to find out if we had any of their lost super. In situations where the scripting might not be clear in resolving a curly issue our helpful mentors were a raised hand away.

    The pizza day and end of rotation catch up were great opportunities to meet graduates who worked at other sites. At the end of my desk there was a fundraising esky- so fatigue was never an issue with a chocolate bar or soft drink two steps and a gold coin away!

    Scott Seow – Taxation

    The client contact rotation – while dreaded at first by many of us – turned out to be a very valuable part of the Graduate program. The client contact experience allowed me to really interact with the general public; dealing with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, age groups and circumstances. Furthermore, it helped me become very familiar with ATO systems, which is a valuable skill in any business line within the ATO. It was a very different experience from speaking to tax agents, and really puts into perspective the type of people that we should be considering during the course of our work.

    The main challenge during the client contact rotation for me was picking up the first phone call. Despite the weeks of training provided, I felt quite hesitant taking the first call. I remember opening as many pages as I could to anticipate the first call, which didn’t really help. The best way to go about it is to just take the plunge and use the ‘hold’ function when you need to (which will initially be a lot!), and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    Michael Ma – Taxation

    I am an accounting graduate in Sydney and had my client contact rotation at the Parramatta shopfront. Although my time there was short, it provided valuable experience. A typical day in the shopfront included assisting taxpayers of different backgrounds and guiding them to the answer from their enquiry. Dealing with approximately 100 taxpayers a day, you have to collaborate fast and accurately with your colleagues.

    When assisting taxpayers face to face, you have to adapt to each taxpayer to best communicate information to them, be it through speaking slowly, using a translator or even using hand gestures. Shopfront can be a fast paced environment where you will manage multiple taxpayers’ enquiries at a time. Overall, there are peak and off peak periods in shopfront, with multiple situations to face. You learn to adapt to each individual taxpayer.

    The hardest challenge I faced was in the shopfront was dealing with difficult/aggressive people. You learn to alter your approach towards these people to soothe the situation, as well as not taking it personally. The best part of the work is where you can change these people's perspective of the ATO into a positive one,

    Being face to face with taxpayers, you are kept on your toes at all rimes whilst developing many transferable communication skills; you “walk a mile in the taxpayer’s shoes”. These skills will assist you in the future when you have contact with taxpayers over the phone or in an interview. Put your best foot forward and dive into the work, you will always come out a better and improved person.

    Jannat Bahar – Taxation

    A typical call centre day would start with a briefing from our team manager and a group huddle to discuss any issues or concerns – then straight onto the calls. One call, after another, after another call – each call a unique query that taught us something new.

    Whether it was gaining insight into the many types of taxpayers that call or being able to deal with challenging interactions. Each one formed some of the learning curves in the call centre rotation. The support from experienced call centre consultants enabled us to be well equipped.

    Feedback and discussions of calls meant that soft skills like appropriate communication, succinct note taking and using systems efficiently were developed. The call centre experience offered a small window into what call centre staff go through on a daily basis.

    Rhia Rhee – Taxation

    Being on the frontline assisting our clients was a great learning opportunity as it provided me with an understanding of the diverse range of clients we serve. A typical day in the client contact centre began with a team meeting, providing an opportunity to ask questions. By 8.45am, your day has well and truly begun; assisting taxpayers using the wealth of tools and systems available. The contact centre is a supportive space and there are always floor walkers to help if needed.

    One of the challenges I faced during contact centre was tailoring information to each client to match their level of understanding. I had to recognise that whilst I had an understanding of a particular tax topic, the client may not. Therefore it was my task to explain to them in a way that was easily understood.

    The client contact experience is both a challenging and rewarding time during the graduate program. I gained a vast knowledge of our systems, improved my own negotiation and interpersonal skills, and assisted clients to participate in the tax system. Overall, the client contact experience gave me a greater appreciation of the practicalities in administering the tax and super systems and delivering a good client experience.

    Tanya Pyers – Taxation

    The ATO Graduate program has a range of technical training sessions and internal professional events on offer to all offices including regional locations. I threw myself into the deep end and auditioned for and was selected as one of only ten successful graduates to participate in the 2017 ATO Graduate Debate.

    This event was high profile and took place in Canberra before senior ATO executives. Due to the locations of the staff involved in the event I was able to collaborate with my peers via teleconference, telephone and email. The event had a live audience and was also live streamed across to all ATO offices nation-wide.

    The event enhanced my professional growth and offered a really great networking opportunity; I was able to get to know graduates right across the country from all kinds of disciplines who I stay connected with. I was supported from staff at my home office and was provided positive feedback when I returned.

    Social events

    Liam Cross – Canberra

    Engaging in social events in your graduate year is a must! Not only are social events a great chance to meet those on the same journey as you, but they are also an excellent opportunity to network with many former graduates. Start building a network that will stick with you throughout your career. There are always heaps of events to pick from – from local site initiatives to graduate social events (and everything in-between). You just need to take the plunge and get involved!

    Harriet Thorne – Hobart

    A range of social events were offered throughout our graduate year. Each site has a social club that runs a number of events, including quiz nights where graduates usually enter a team every year. Other events include wine tours, barefoot bowls and an end of year Christmas party.

    The social club in Hobart also hosts a Friday night happy hour which is widely attended by graduates. It is a great networking opportunity with both past graduates and colleagues from other areas of the ATO. Happy hour also has themed, seasonal events such as Halloween, Octoberfest and the AFL Grand Final. Site events include frequent fundraisers ranging from morning teas to bring your dog to work day. Rotation team lunches are a good socialising event and provide the opportunity to get to know your team.

    Emma Robins – Canberra

    As part of the ATO Graduate program, I have not only been exposed to great training and work but have also had the chance to socialise and network with fellow graduates and other ATO employees. During induction we were given the opportunity to meet previous graduates. I have formed an ongoing relationship with several previous graduates who have provided me with ongoing support, advice and encouragement.

    As a graduate cohort, we have formed a close bond and regularly organise events including dinners, sporting events and even a trip away! Every second Friday (on pay week) the Canberra Social Club hosts a happy hour; this allows for a relaxed environment where you are able to meet and get to know your fellow ATO employees. The social aspect of the Graduate program has allowed me to settle into a new city and meet some great people!

    Lyna Nguyen – Adelaide

    Social events are been organised throughout the year to celebrate special events and achievements such as graduate birthdays and completion of milestone assessments. We also have opportunities to grow our professional network by connecting with past graduates and other ATO staff to learn more about their experiences. The social events are important as they allow grads to network, and learn and grow on a professional and social level.

    Finnegan Lowe – Canberra

    The ATO Graduate program has given me fantastic opportunities to get to know people both inside and outside the organisation. The size of the graduate cohort and the frequency of graduate training enabled me to form close friendships with many of my colleagues. Previous graduates have always been willing to lend a hand. This can be a huge comfort when entering a new workplace.

    The Canberra site holds a happy our fortnightly, which is a great chance to meet a diverse range of people across the organisation on a less formal basis. On top of this, ATO grads are encouraged to engage in a range of graduate events to build networks across the public service and understand the work going on across government. Overall, my graduate experience has been significantly improved by the opportunities to socialise offered by the ATO Graduate program.

    Andrew Proudley – Wollongong

    As a graduate it has been very easy to get involved in the various social and site events within my office. Our graduate cohort regularly went out for drinks on completion of various milestone tasks. We also joined the local Green Team and became involved in the promotion of green activities within the site; running an event for National Tree Day, and a large site expo. Within the IT stream there were also morning teas held monthly for everyone on site to catch up and foster new relationships between teams.

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