Work with AUSTRAC
At AUSTRAC our people are our strength. Every day our people use their intellect, skills, experience, initiative and the latest technologies to help protect Australians and Australia’s financial system from serious and organised crime.
We offer you a challenging and rewarding career with meaningful work. Wherever you work at AUSTRAC, you will make an impact.
We recognise performance and teamwork in our fight against financial crime. We are committed to helping our people develop their career – that way when you join AUSTRAC, you become part of our success story.
See our current vacancies.
Who we are looking for
Our ideal candidates are motivated, agile and resilient and bring their ‘whole self’ to work, supporting colleagues to do the same.
We are committed to creating an inclusive working environment that values the contribution and experience of employees from a diversity of backgrounds. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTI+, and those with a disability.
For tips on applying for APS jobs, see the Australian Public Service Commission’s Cracking the Code guide.
AUSTRAC has three main divisions:
- Regulation, Education and Policy – regulates, educates and communicates with our reporting entities to help them meet their legal anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) obligations
- Intelligence – develops and shares financial intelligence to stop financial crime and build capacity with partners
- Capability and Strategy – creates and drives the workforce strategy and organisational culture that supports and enables our people and processes to function seamlessly.
Employer of Choice
AUSTRAC has been recognised as an Employer of Choice through the Australian Business Awards in 2020. The Australian Business Awards is an annual awards program that recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of comprehensive award categories.
This award acknowledges the achievements of AUSTRAC staff and their continued dedication and efforts in driving and supporting our culture and performance. As an organisation, we remain committed to putting our people first in everything we do.
Benefits and conditions
- Competitive APS salaries with access to annual salary progression
- 15.4% superannuation, which continues through paid maternity leave
- Generous leave conditions
- Discounted health insurance and novated car leasing
- Internal and external mobility opportunities, including temporary higher duties
- Study assistance - up to $4,000 per annum and up to 120 hours of study leave
- Opportunity for overseas deployments and work on special projects and taskforces
- Recognition programs - AUSTRAC CEO Commendation Award, Making a Difference awards, Australia Day Achievement Medallion and the Public Service Medal
View the AUSTRAC Enterprise Agreement (PDF, 1.361 MB) for more information about current salaries and other conditions of employment.
Find out how to apply for jobs with us.
AUSTRAC salary rates and salary points
From 29 March 2020
From 29 September 2021
APS Level 3
APS Level 4
APS Level 5
APS Level 6
Executive Level 1
Executive Level 2
Lifestyle and wellbeing
- AUSTRAC has had a long term commitment to work-life balance through flexible work arrangements such as part-time work, job sharing, condensed working hours and home-based work, flexible working hours and access to flex-time
- Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave and two weeks paid supporting partner leave, in addition to government provided schemes
- Free parking for women in their third trimester of pregnancy
- A confidential coaching, counselling and support for employees and their immediate family members
- Free flu vaccinations, health checks, online health programs and other wellbeing initiatives
- Paid and unpaid leave for community volunteering and blood donation
- Reasonable workplace adjustments to support employees with illness or injury.
AUSTRAC’s response to COVID-19
Like all workplaces, AUSTRAC had to rapidly respond to COVID-19 in 2020. Our well-established flexible work framework already included home-based work arrangements, which enabled almost out entire workforce to quickly transition to working from home. In fact, AUSTRAC was the first APS Agency to have all staff working remotely.
Many staff are currently working from home full-time, while others have started returning to the office on a part-time basis on agreed days. Arrangements are based on location, operational requirements and personal circumstances.
In the coming months, we will be updating our flexible work policy to adapt to a COVID normal environment and beyond, while fostering a high performance culture and supporting employee wellbeing.
Decisions in relation to COVID-19 are guided by our Pandemic Plan, which responds to different scenarios and takes into account local and state health directions and advice. This will continue to ensure we can continue our work without interruption while keeping staff safe.
Our culture is important to us. At AUSTRAC we are:
- United. We work together as one AUSTRAC and have high expectations of ourselves and others. We embrace change and collaborate internally and with our partners to serve the community.
- Accountable. We are transparent and accountable for our actions. We are honest and consistent, which builds trust and earns us credibility.
- Empowered. We empower our people to share new ideas without fear. This empowerment upholds our high performing reputation across the community and with our partners.
- Courageous. We are innovative, flexible and embrace new ideas. We are bold enough to take risks and test new ideas to solve problems, but we are never reckless.
- Inclusive. We recognise and celebrate our differences. We embrace diversity. People are our strength, we care for and support each other.
Do you have questions about working with us?
2020 AUSTRAC employee census results
AUSTRAC participates in the annual APS employee census, which provides important information about the engagement, wellbeing, job satisfaction and diversity of our people. It also gives insights into how we are travelling with our people, decision-making and innovation processes.
In 2020, AUSTRAC scored highly across a range of areas including workforce performance, and inclusion and wellbeing. These results show that our employees believe in their purpose and are committed to the goals of the agency. In addition, internal communication, senior leadership and workgroup performance have also improved since 2019.
See our employee census results:
AUSTRAC is also proud to be a member of the Diversity Council Australia, the Australian Network on Disability, and ACON’s Pride in Diversity program.
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