• Indigenous programs

    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 regularly recruit candidates through the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC’s) entry-level pathway programs such as the Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program, the National Indigenous Cadetship Support Program and the Indigenous Entry Level Recruitment Program. 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.

    As well as our general recruitment, the New to work program, special measure positions and our recruitment with the APSC, we offer three Indigenous development programs specific to the ATO.

    These are:

    ■          Indigenous cadetship program , which offers ongoing jobs for students undertaking university study

    ■          The Evergreen Indigenous development program is an APS 2 program designed to build core work skills, and your knowledge of the ATO and Australian Public Service work environment, while increasing your confidence working in an office environment.

    ■          The Evergreen Indigenous advancement program is an APS2 program that prepares you for further advancement to the APS 3 level upon successful completion.   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