• Indigenous program

    We strive to have a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Australian community. We also recognise the importance of recruiting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into the organisation to assist in improving the quality of, and access to, programs and services for Indigenous Australians. Our Indigenous employment and development strategy, partnered with our Reconciliation action plan, demonstrate our commitment to providing career and development opportunities for Indigenous Australians.

    We partner with the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) to recruit candidates through the APSC’s Indigenous Pathways Programs. For more information on these programs, visit Indigenous Australians in the APS on the APSC website.

    We also fill some jobs using the special measures recruitment provisions. These positions are only open to applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. To be eligible for consideration for these positions you will need to provide evidence that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and are accepted by your community as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

    In conjunction with our general recruitment, the special measure positions and our recruitment with the APSC, we offer the following three Indigenous development programs specific to the ATO.

    These are – the:

    • Indigenous cadetship program – offering ongoing jobs for students undertaking university study
    • Evergreen Indigenous development program – an APS2 program designed to build core work skills, and knowledge of the ATO and Australian Public Service work environment, while increasing your confidence working in an office environment.
    • Evergreen Indigenous advancement program – an APS2 program that prepares you for further advancement to the APS3 level upon successful completion of the program.  the program consists of rotations across the organisation and the completion of a nationally recognised qualification.
  • 'I was able through the Cadet Program to gain professional skills in the work place while completing my Business degree at James Cook University.'

    – Joan Power, Indigenous cadet