Tax office calls for more developers

Not enough in-house skills to get the job done

The appetite for IT skills at the Australian Tax Office (ATO) shows no sign of abating as it calls for development personnel to work on its suite of Electronic Lodgement Service (ELS) applications.

ELS applications are part of the Tax Time 2008 project and require development and support to implement annual cyclical updates and changes earmarked for the forthcoming tax year resulting from new and amended legislation or tax rulings.

Tax Time project is part of the Systems Delivery branch, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) business line.

"We are looking for personnel with expert skills in IBM Visual Age Smalltalk, C, and preferably Unix and Universe," according to an ATO document.

"As a senior programmer, the specified personnel will be required to take on challenging development tasks in both client (Smalltalk) and server (Universe) programming."

The developer will work as a member of the Tax Time project team in the Tax Time Data Capture and Processing area.

Specific responsibilities include development and release of all ELS client/server software; skill and knowledge transfer to ELS staff by supporting them during software development and deployment; and documentation of work carried out during the Tax Time 2008 project.

The developer will be required to start work on or before December 12, 2007 with the contract ending eight months from commencement.

Some 1392 hours is to be assigned to the contract, which is located at the ATO national office in Canberra.

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