ATO wants Indigenous applicants for Evergreen intake

By Tom Ravlic

April 12, 2022

The 12-month Evergreen program gives on-the-job training, (onephoto/Adobe)

The Australian Taxation Office is calling for applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for the Evergreen program, which is designed to give people a kickstart into a career with the tax office.

The program runs for 12 months, providing people with on-the-job training, support from the tax office team, and an offer of an ongoing position when the program concludes.

Positions are available across the country, including in the offices located in Albury, Canberra, Dandenong, Geelong, Gosford, Newcastle, Townsville, and Traralgon.

The range of benefits include a starting salary of $66,868 inclusive of superannuation, structured learning and certified training.

Participants who complete the program successfully, the tax office says, will have a permanent role with the revenue authority, a formal qualification under their belt and a salary package that is about $75,712 inclusive of superannuation.

Matthew Hay, the Indigenous champion deputy commissioner at the tax office, said the program is a way for people from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to get a shot at a career at the revenue authority.

“The Evergreen program offers a career pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who want to gain valuable work experience, build professional capabilities, and learn new skills,” Hay said.

“It opens the door for you to take charge of your career while doing meaningful work in a supportive environment.

“The ATO is a big organisation that offers big opportunities for your career, and can help make a difference to their community.”

Shakeela Williams, a former participant in the tax office’s program, is from Penrith in New South Wales and she did not believe it was possible to get work in an organisation like that tax office until she became a participant in the Evergreen program.

“A pathway to a career in the public sector, experiencing two different rotations in separate sections of the ATO, as well as studying a certificate IV in Project Management, it has given me great exposure to the opportunities that lie within,” Williams said.

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