• Hear from our people

    Hear from 2 of our program managers about their careers and their role as program managers.

    Here are some stories from staff who have completed the Evergreen program as well as from one of our program managers.

    Program participants

    Kai Rivers

    Kai Rivers

    I'm Aboriginal Noongar man from Perth, Western Australia.

    I started in the Australian Taxation Office in March 2014 on the Evergreen Development Program for around 12 months in Debt business line.  The opportunity for the Advancement Program came about and I wanted to apply for it as it was the perfect opportunity for me to advance from an APS2 to APS3. 

    What interested me in work in the ATO was ongoing employment, great pay and super and the flexible working options.

    My first rotation on the Advancement Program was in in Customer Service and Solutions, it was great opportunity to learn a bit about everything the ATO does, using the ATOs systems, customer service skills and time management as it's a scheduled environment.

    I applied for APS3 taxation officer in August and was successful, so I've recently left the program.

    The amount of opportunities I've had to network with other Indigenous Australians in the ATO and APS is huge. I've attended two Indigenous Roundtable events with most staff attending, monthly Indigenous Employee Network meetings (Currently co-chairing), and APS Commissioner Indigenous Employee Networking events.

    The support provided my program manager was second to none, very understanding and helped me to drive my career.

    Stella Renagi

    Stella Renagi

    I first joined the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) back in 2014 through the Evergreen Indigenous advancement program in Townsville.

    The program ran for 18 months with two nine-month work rotations. I was managed by an agile program manager who assisted me with my development and personalised advice on my career progression. The program provided me with a challenging experience through a variety of work placements with different work types.

    What attracted me to this program was how it was designed and structured. The variety of training programs and workplace opportunities have lead me to a dynamic and rewarding career in the ATO.

    I've had the opportunity to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds who have intern become friends and lifelong networks.

    The ATO has been crucial in developing and building my knowledge and capabilities of the Australian Taxation Office Systems and Governance priorities. I've learnt how to communicate with influence and articulate taxation and superannuation legislation. 

    I highly recommend this program to people who want to enhance their career opportunities grow and develop their skills in an ever-changing environment; servicing communities across Australia.

    Stacey Moore

    Stacey Moore

    I am a big supporter of the Evergreen Program and encourage anybody thinking about applying to do so. There is a lot of encouragement for career development and if you are willing to apply yourself to the position and be open to increasing your skills and knowledge then there is plenty of opportunities within the ATO for you.

    When I applied for the program I did doubt whether I was the right type of employee the ATO was seeking having little tax knowledge but I was very excited when I was informed that I had been successful in gaining a position in the program. I was happy for the opportunity to challenge myself and for the career development possibilities as well.

    I completed 2 work rotations in the program.  Both business areas had challenges but the training support and guidance from our program managers, team leaders and fellow colleagues was in abundance and that contributed to me successfully completing the program and building a strong foundation to go on and have a hopefully long and successful career within the ATO.

    The program has allowed me to build some strong Networks and friendships with my fellow colleagues. Since successfully completing the program I have taken on further study which has been funded by the ATO.  

    The Evergreen program and other roles within the ATO has provided me with many skills such as strengthen my communication skills, enhancing my computer skills , increase my knowledge in taxation , time management and Chairing meetings  just to name a few.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time throughout the program and am extremely proud to have a full time job with a respected organisation being the ATO which I am grateful for.

    Program manager

    Karen Ahern

    Karen Ahern

    I am a proud Aboriginal woman and my people are the Kurnai/Gunnai from East Gippsland in Victoria. The ATO was my first job straight out of school. I sat a public service “special measures” test and was lucky enough to be successful and offered a job at the ATO. Over the years I have undertaken various roles within the public service and in the community which have provided the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge.

    I am a Program Manager with the Entry Level Programs team and I have been involved in the development, implementation and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs nationally across the ATO. I am also involved in various Aboriginal networks both within the ATO and external to the organisation.

    I am able to share my knowledge and experience with participants while providing support. I help them understand the expectations of the program and how to take ownership to succeed and advance their careers in the ATO.

    A highlight for me is when an Evergreen participant successfully completes the program with new skills and knowledge in their career journey.

    Last modified: 24 May 2017QC 49440