Did you see the good news last week? The Canberra Times reported that 445 new grads have joined the ATO this year – that’s more than double the intake of 2019's program.

This is a massive win for union members who have been campaigning to scrap the staffing cap so that the public service can have enough people to do the work, and fair pay and job security for all. It’s proof that we can scrap the staffing cap once and for all if we keep working at it.

Join your colleagues working to make the ATO a better place to work and become a union member today.


 “The tax office will welcome its largest intake of graduates as it prepares for a busy year ahead of growing government priorities.

… The 445 graduates, who commenced work in early February, will work within six different streams across taxation, analytics, information technology, human resources, design and marketing communications.

This year's intake marks a major increase on 2020's figure of 352 graduates and is more than double the intake of 2019's program, which was 171 graduates.”

The Community and Public Sector Union urged the public service to expand its graduate and entry-level pathways in our pre-budget submission last year. We argued that we need to lift the staffing cap needed now more than ever because of the economic impact of the pandemic on youth unemployment, and expanding graduate programs could create thousands of new jobs for regional Australia and smaller cities.

The staffing cap creates a lot of problems in your workplace, like high workloads and high staff turnover. Be part of the solution and join your union to support the campaign to scrap the staffing cap.