ATO chasing bright school leavers

By Tom Ravlic

Thursday September 2, 2021

Nothing resonates more with a professional than evidence of regulators taking away people’s ‘ticket to ride’ for compliance failures.
The Australian Taxation Office has hit the market with multiple announcements tweaked for different regions to plug its ATO School Leaver program. (AAP Image/April Fonti)

The Australian Taxation Office has hit the market with multiple announcements tweaked for different regions to plug its ATO School Leaver program.

The office is targeting Geelong, Traralgon, Upper Mount Gravatt, Newcastle and Gosford in its push to get people leaving school to join the revenue authority.

The program lasts for one year and involves successful candidates working without the tax office as well as completing a formal qualification in the form of a Certificate IV.

Those fortunate enough to score a gig with the taxman will spend 12 months in an administration of client experience role.

Applications for the school leaver program open on September 6 and close on October 1.

ATO assistant commissioner Allison Stott says the program has advantages for those individuals that do not want to go straight from secondary school to university.

She says the program does not just focus on the financial side of the tax office’s work, but candidates will also be exposed to other kinds of work.

“With more than 18,000 staff at the ATO, a career with us can range from IT to marketing to design, and everything in between,” Stott says.

“At the ATO we value diversity and our entry-level programs bring in some really talented people. I’m excited to meet the new recruits who’ll join us through this program.”

The year-long program could end up converting a budding school leaver into a person that works at the tax office for life. People that successfully complete the program may get given an ongoing role.


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