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What is it like to work at AUSTRAC?

11 April 2022

At AUSTRAC our people are our strength. Every day we use our intellect, skills, experience, initiative and the latest technologies to work with industry and our partners to protect Australia’s financial system and community from serious and organised crime.

Tania, Senior Director of Enterprise Analytics, from AUSTRAC’s Innovation and Technology Solutions branch, discusses the technical capabilities required for such an integral role. This includes the shared sense of purpose and commitment that makes AUSTRAC a great place to work.

What brought you to AUSTRAC?

Six years ago I jumped at the chance to join the Enterprise Analytics team at AUSTRAC as a data scientist. My goal was to help realise AUSTRAC’s vision and do my part in researching, developing and releasing analytics solutions and products designed to enhance the work of all business areas across AUSTRAC.

What do you do in your role? 

I currently lead a team of data scientists, analytics engineers, data governance specialists and cryptography researchers. We deliver across a number of projects and core agency functions. The range of specialist skillsets in the team are complimentary, and the various projects and functions are all connected by the high level goal of enabling AUSTRAC to be data-driven and evidence-based.

For example, as part of our role, AUSTRAC collaborates with Pacific financial intelligence units to strengthen collaboration and identify and combat money laundering and terrorism financing threats in the South Pacific Island region. To contribute to this, my team are currently developing a data analysis platform so that Pacific analysts have access to the latest and most sophisticated data management and analysis tools.

What it is like to work at AUSTRAC?

I’m motivated by the fact that our work makes a difference. There's never a shortage of interesting and challenging projects to work on, and I am lucky to work with very talented people.

The staff at AUSTRAC are united and work tirelessly to protect Australia’s financial system from serious and organised crime. A recent example of this was a collaborative effort across multiple teams, as well as AUSTRAC’s reporting entities, to identify risks related to third party cash deposits. This work helped refine the controls relating to such deposits, resulting in a reduction of money laundering risks.

In 2020, AUSTRAC was recognised as an Employer of Choice. Does that resonate with you?

The flexible working arrangements at AUSTRAC are a big motivator for me. I love being able to work from home three days a week. I live rurally and appreciate watching my horses cruise by the windows while I am on videoconference calls!

Careers at AUSTRAC

Our highly specialised workforce is critical to achieving AUSTRAC’s vision of a future where our financial system is free from criminal abuse.

We offer a challenging and rewarding career with meaningful work. See our current vacancies.

Inclusive and diverse

AUSTRAC is 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.

Employer of Choice

In 2020, AUSTRAC was recognised as an Employer of Choice through the Australian Business Awards. The program recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business and product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement.