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The ATO Graduate Program

Jobs for university graduates ready for a big career that helps keep the country running.

Last updated 11 April 2024

ATO Graduate Program

Applications for the 2025 Graduate Program are now closed.

Why choose us

Ready to make big things happen? We know graduates bring skills, expertise and insights that drive innovation. That's why we invest in our graduate program.

Join us and build a career that makes a difference to the lives of all Australians. Be part of a team that:

  • combats crime and fraud
  • creates and delivers programs to support the community
  • protects the data of millions of people.

It's a big job, but don't worry we know your work-life balance, health and wellbeing are important. That's why, at the ATO we offer you healthy working hours, flexible working arrangements and generous leave. Plus, you'll get access to support your physical and mental health, so you can be your best.

There's plenty of social events and network opportunities too. You'll build your networks and make lifelong friendships.

Like where you live? We could have an office near you. We have offices in almost every state and territory, including regional areas. Our graduate program includes many streams and locations.

Hear from our graduates and choose your own adventure in this interactive video.

Media: The ATO Graduate Program – interactive video Link (Duration: 00:48)

A transcript of this video is available.

Build your career

Not big on numbers? That’s no big deal. We’re not all accountants at the ATO! We have positions for Data, IT, Law, Accounting, Commerce, Design, HR, Communications graduates and more.

You’ll have 5 careers in your life. The ATO could give you, well, all of them! With so many different careers at the ATO, the possibilities are endless.

Whether you’re interested in building cutting-edge systems, influencing policy or designing solutions that turn problems upside down, we have great news for you.

You’ll work alongside experts and receive on-the-job-training, while building your skills and networks. Plus, a dedicated career manager will support you every step of the way.

Don't just take our word for it, hear from our graduatesExternal Link.

Graduate program salary and super

A competitive starting salary of $70,280 (plus 15.4% super) is just the beginning. Once you complete the program, you’ll secure a permanent position, and a pay rise!

Your salary will be $78,290 (plus 15.4% super) and as an APS4 officer within the ATO, you can earn up to $84,971 (plus 15.4% super).

Who can apply

You can apply for our Graduate Program if you are an Australian citizen and either:

  • completed your university degree within the last 5 years (1 January 2020 to 31 December 2024)
  • are in your final year of study.

Before you start our program, you'll need to provide evidence you have successfully completed your qualification (bachelor degree or higher). If your institution participates in MyEquals, you need to provide this using MyEquals.

Applications for the 2025 Graduate Program are now closed.

Haven’t finished your degree? No worries – our University Paid Internship Program could be for you?

Recognition of overseas qualifications

If you have international qualifications, you'll need to provide a statement verifying your qualifications.

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

If you have questions about your eligibility, email

Our ideal candidate and cultural fit

We’re looking for people who are:

  • innovative and dynamic
  • problem solvers – we need brilliant brains that suggest new ways of doing things
  • curious and courageous people ready to deliver Australian Government initiatives
  • resilient and committed to seeing ideas through to the end
  • enthusiastic, adaptable and flexible while working towards a united goal
  • digitally savvy
  • good communicators and can tell the story in many ways
  • committed to our clients, treating them with integrity and empathising with their situations and needs.

Learn more about what we are looking for and ATO Graduate Program recruitment process.

Job rotations and training

During the program you will go through 2 rotations. This helps you discover where you want your career to take you. Rotations will be across business areas – these will help you to develop your knowledge and capabilities in a range of topics.

You will also experience a short client contact experience. This experience will demonstrate the diversity of the community the ATO serves and the vast range of topics we provide advice on. You may be assisting clients via the call centre, myGov or answering real-time, online queries through our online chat function.

You'll find out about your first business area rotation during your induction.

Our regular training exposes you to a range of both stream-specific and corporate topics. You will consolidate and apply your learnings via research tasks throughout the year. All your training will be delivered by qualified facilitators who are topic experts.

Still want to learn more? Once you complete the program, you can explore further study and qualifications. You may even be able to access our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for financial help with tuition fees.

Diversity at the ATO

We're committed to providing a culturally diverse and safe working environment. We want you to enjoy a full and varied career with us.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply to our Graduate Program. Some positions in the program will be filled using Affirmative Measures – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. They will only be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We also encourage people with disability to apply to our Graduate Program. Some positions in the program will be filled using Affirmative Measures – Disability. They will only be open to people with disability.

Find out how to apply for the ATO Graduate Program and what the recruitment process involves.

Our ATO Graduate Program offers 6 streams across a range of work locations.