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What's it like to work at AUSTRAC?

On this page you can hear from some of AUSTRAC's staff and find out what it's like to work for Australia's financial intelligence unit and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulator.

Julie, Senior Director of Information and Knowledge Products

What brought you to AUSTRAC?

I made the jump from State Government (NSW) with what I thought was a solid understanding of AUSTRAC’s role, having come from one of our partner agencies. I had seen the value of financial intelligence and how it supported law enforcement agencies and was very excited to join the agency. It wasn’t long after I started that I realised just how complex the regulatory, financial intelligence and policy landscape actually was.

What do you do in your role?

When I am at a BBQ talking about what I do I generally say ‘I work in IT’. My role and the work I do is diverse and challenging – I lead a team that supports a range of capabilities including information management and governance, support for our website and intranet, service management frameworks, as well as the coordination of our IT procurement. I am responsible for the delivery of two significant IT led collaboration projects, once of which is an international sharing capability which proudly led me to travel to different countries within the ASEAN region to progress.  I am even responsible for ensuring the preservation of AUSTRAC’s archives!

What it is like to work at AUSTRAC?

I have been at AUSTRAC for eleven years now and also part of my BBQ spiel is that I wouldn’t be here still if I didn’t like it. The work is interesting, I get to use modern tools, I feel like I am a person, not a number, I play part in influencing technology choices that support the enablement of our workforce and I feel that my contribution is genuine and appreciated. 

Even though once upon a time I actually knew everyone’s name, we are a growing organisation I believe that we have managed to preserve a small agency culture where people work as much for each other as they do for the agencies outcomes. 

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

Absolutely! Through my role I had the early heads-up we were likely to obtain the recognition and it felt almost like a no-brainer.  We have transitioned very well to a hybrid working environment and our frameworks around our human resources, security and operating landscape will hold us in good stead for many years to come.

Jacinta, Director of Intelligence Collaboration

Nick, Senior Analyst

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 and a great culture with many benefits including hybrid work.

Find out more about careers at AUSTRAC.

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Last updated: 12 Dec 2022
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