The purpose of the ANAO is to drive accountability and transparency in the Australian Government sector through quality evidence based audit services and independent reporting to Parliament, the Executive and the public, with the result of improving public sector performance.

We review financial statements, analyse complex IT systems and conduct audits on various government policies, initiatives and programs to examine Australian Government use of public resources and administration of legislation passed by the Parliament.

We are a trusted partner of the Parliament and work in a fast-paced, dynamic sector where respect, integrity and excellence drives the way we work—these are also the core values we look for in our people.

Our clients are Australian Government agencies who rely on us to engage and communicate effectively so we can help improve the way they work.

Some of the things we do to achieve our purpose include:

  • promote transparency on the effective use of taxpayers’ money through audits of procurement processes, contract management and grants management;
  • assess program implementation and risk management in major areas of public investment, such as in Defence capability, large-scale infrastructure, such as the National Broadband Network, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and programs targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • audit financial statements and assess value-for-money and transparency.

The ANAO is made up five different service groups:

  • Assurance Audit Services Group (AASG) provides independent assurance on the financial statements and financial administration of all Australian Government entities. The group also conducts assurance reviews.
  • Performance Audit Services Group (PASG) conducts performance audits and assurance reviews of Australian Government entities and produces related publications and other information reports.
  • System Assurance and Data Analytics (SADA) Group provides IT audit and data analytics support to the ANAO’s assurance and performance audit work, with staff from a range of professional and technical backgrounds. As a SADA graduate, you are provided a niche learning opportunity to work with some of the most complex IT systems used within the Australian Government.
  • Professional Services and Relationships Group (PSRG) provides high level technical advice to the Auditor-General, and supports the audit and assurance activities of the ANAO with methodology and advice. PSRG also supports the Auditor-General with his relationship to Parliament and with creating and maintaining strong relationships with key public sector stakeholders, nationally and internationally.
  • Corporate Management Group (CMG) leads corporate strategy, communication and change for the ANAO. It provides services based on specialised knowledge, best practices and technology that enable the delivery of the ANAO’s purpose and audit outcomes.


Find out more about the ANAO and what we do on our website. 



Key Facts


Government & Public Sector


Actuarial Studies
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Position Locations



Applications for our 2020 Graduate Program are open from 8:00am Monday 4 February 2019 to 11:30pm Sunday 31 March 2019.

Citizenship / Eligibility Requirements

Australian citizens ONLY

Additional Eligibility Information

Applicants must be willing to undergo a security clearance process.


Apply online at www.anao.gov.au/careers/graduates

At the ANAO, you’ll contribute to something bigger. We work across multiple Australian Government entities to ensure government programs, initiatives, policies and expenditure are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. We ask questions and get to the bottom of why things are the way they are. We suggest improvements to public administration that make a difference now and into the future.

Our graduates get the unique opportunity to see what other grads don’t! Our work helps them to understand how other Australian Government entities work, and what goes on behind the scenes in the public sector. As an ANAO graduate, you’ll learn how to analyse and report on the performance and finances of these entities, or how to support these functions.

As a graduate, we provide you with the support you need to develop your expertise in public administration. We’ll help you reach your full potential by providing you with extensive learning and development, equipping you with essential technical, leadership and people skills that will set you apart from other graduates. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in different areas of the ANAO, broadening your understanding of our organisation and you’ll finish your graduate year with the confidence to take the next step in your career with us.

What we offer

We invest significantly in our people and their careers. We are committed to helping our graduates build the necessary technical, leadership and management skills that will give you the confidence to take the next step in your career with us. We offer a 12 month structured learning and development program that provides:

  • challenging and rewarding work at the heart of government, contributing to the ANAO’s business objectives.
  • a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace, with generous conditions and a starting salary of $60,966 and 15.4% superannuation.
  • access and exposure to our senior leaders.
  • internal and external development opportunities to enhance your professional knowledge and skills.
  • APS-wide networking, conferences and events to help you build connections across the public sector.
  • involvement in projects, initiatives and committees that transform the way we work.
  • a buddy program so you can ask those questions you think are silly to ask.

On successful completion of the graduate program, you’ll advance to the next classification level, an APS 4. Towards the end of your 12 month program, the ANAO will also support you in obtaining relevant postgraduate qualifications such as your CA or CPA, including maintaining current membership to professional bodies and associations relevant to your career.

Who we’re looking for

We’re seeking graduates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. The most sought after degrees for each of our groups include:

  • AASG: Accounting, Economics and Commerce.
  • PASG: almost any degree. Your skills are what count here—for example, research, analysis, written communication and project management.
  • SADA: Data Analytics, Business Informatics, Data Science, Data Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems and IT Security related disciplines. Candidates from Accounting/Commerce academic backgrounds, especially when combined with an IT discipline, would also be highly regarded.
  • PSRG: Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Public Policy and Law.

If you’re applying, it’s also important that you:

  • have strong communication skills
  • have the ability to write clearly and concisely
  • are a self-starter
  • have well-developed conceptual and analytical abilities; and
  • are an achiever with a strong sense of purpose.

For more information, visit the ANAO Graduate Program page on the ANAO website.


Four of our 2018 grads, Simone, Dung, Kirsty and Yvonne, share their experiences with the ANAO Graduate Program.



I was attracted to the ANAO Graduate Program because it offered a great opportunity to work in the Australian Public Service and contribute to meaningful work. Having previously worked for the Queensland State Government, I wanted to challenge myself by getting out of my comfort zone and experience working for the public service on a national scale.

I work as a financial statements auditor in the Assurance Audit Service Group. My time at the ANAO has given me exposure to many different areas of government across a variety of different audits. I am working on audits related to both the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, as well as the Clean Energy Regulator. The work I do is challenging, engaging and interesting. I learn something new every day, as every day is different. I am part of a great team and mentored by an ace manager, all of whom have given me strong developmental support in my graduate year.

As part of my graduate year I have been fortunate enough to complete a rotation in the Performance Audit Service Group contributing to the Annual Performance Statements Audit. This has been excitingdeveloping skills in a different audit environment to the financial statement audits I’ve been used to. It was extremely valuable working with this team and learning how a different area of audit operates.

The process of moving to Canberra was easy and I can honestly say I love living here. I have made lots of friends within the graduate cohort, and we are constantly taking advantage of the many events and food markets held around Canberra each weekend.


I joined the ANAO as an intern, while I completed my Bachelor of Engineering and Honours studies at the ANU. I interned for two years before being accepted into the graduate program, where I’m now working as a data analyst in the Systems Assurance and Data Analytics group.

Studying engineering and then pursuing a career in audit—it’s not the most obvious of career choices for my degree! But reflecting on my experiences working at the ANAO, I’ve never felt I had to change to become an auditor—the organisation accommodates such a variety of educational, work and cultural backgrounds.

There’s so much variety of work at the ANAO—with oversight of over a hundred different Commonwealth agencies across nineteen portfolios of work. Graduates here have the opportunity to engage in many different types of work that other graduates don’t get the chance to see. In addition to the variety of work here, the organisation’s role as an independent advisor to Parliament means you are playing a pivotal role in maintaining the accountability of the public sector. As an ANAO auditor, you can influence how public policy is administered and, consequently, how Australians benefit from it.



With a Bachelor of Accounting from the Australian National University, I was excited to accept a position in the ANAO Graduate Program. What attracted me to the ANAO was the opportunity to learn more about auditing, as well as the flexibility offered by a career in the public service.

I am a financial statements auditor in the Assurance Audit Services Group, currently assigned to the Home Affairs portfolio. I particularly enjoy the problem-solving aspect of my work. When something does not turn out as expected, I like to solve the puzzle and work out why it was not as anticipated.

My role has involved spending a lot of time at various client sites and interacting with staff at different levels in the department throughout the audit process. I have been involved in high-level audit progress meetings and this has given me an insight into the processes of a large department, and the challenges they face.

My graduate year has been about continuous learning and developing my skills. When I started with my team they took the time to explain many aspects of our work, such as the tools and systems we use. This support has continued throughout the year and my team has always made sure I understand what we are doing and why it is important. Even mistakes are a learning opportunity, as this is the year to have a go at new things.

The ANAO Graduate Program is not just about academic ability; the graduates in the program have been selected for their personal qualities, such as communication and team work, as well as their technical skills. If you are interested in analysis, numbers, information and data this might be the program for you, and I encourage you to apply.

Yvonne Buresch-PASG

I had never really considered a career in audit before I found out about the ANAO graduate program—I thought auditing was just for accountants. I am basically allergic to maths, which shows in my study and work history. I did an Arts degree at the University of Western Australia, majoring in English and Cultural Studies, but also taking units in things like psychology, history and ethnomusicology. I worked in a bookshop in Perth for eight years.

I wrote my Honours thesis on the use of food in The Godfather and while I haven’t been able to apply my in-depth knowledge of the symbolism of cannoli to any audit work (yet), the skills I learned during my degree are surprisingly relevant to my work at the ANAO. There is a lot of research, a lot of critical thinking, and a lot of writing—sometimes under time pressure.

I am learning more and more here about how government agencies coordinate. Have you ever looked down and seen ants in a long line, passing a crumb from one to the other and leading each other back to the nest? I think of governance arrangements across the Australian Public Service in the same way. It’s fascinating learning about not just what separate agencies do on a day-to-day basis, but also how they work together towards a common goal.

I’ve been lucky enough to go on audit fieldwork to the Torres Strait during my graduate year. Fieldwork was really fascinating and invaluable to understanding how different this region is from the rest of Australia. Getting context for how government operates in such a place is vital and sometimes it really is impossible to understand unless you are physically there. The experience really helped me see the bigger picture of government.



To be eligible for our graduate program, you must:

  • have completed a qualification equivalent to a three-year Australian undergraduate degree in the last seven years, or complete the degree in 2019
  • be a current Australian citizen
  • be prepared to undertake a security clearance process
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra.

Position locations

All graduate positions are located in Canberra, ACT. We provide relocation assistance if you need to move from interstate.

Reasonable adjustment

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide you with a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive work environment. If you identify as having a disability, we encourage you to review the information provided about the recruitment process and let us know of any ways we can better support you in the application and assessment process.

Which service group should you apply for?

Before applying, we recommend you research the work of the different service groups and think about where you (in consideration of your interest, skills and background) would be best placed to make the most impact.

Not sure which service group to nominate for? Find your field of study below to see which service group we suggest for you.

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For more information, visit the ANAO Graduate Program page on the ANAO website.

What makes working at the ANAO a job worth getting out of bed for? Why choose us over the big 4 firms or other government agencies?

Here are just five of the reasons why you should begin a rewarding career with the ANAO Graduate Program:

You want to contribute to something bigger than the bottom dollar. Our job is to make sure the programs, policies and expenditure by government are operating in the most effective and efficient way possible. We ask the right questions and find out what’s really happening so we can identify improvements that ultimately make a difference to Australia now and into the future.

You’re not quite sold on one government agency. Because every government entity is a client, you’ll get a great picture of different government agencies operate including an overview of government and Parliamentary processes. We don’t expect that you stay in the ANAO for the rest of your life, most of our senior leaders have had an extensive career in both the private and public sectors. However, if you want an unbiased introduction on what the public service is all about – we’re a great place to start.

You want relevant, on the job training. Besides gaining the technical skills necessary to becoming an auditor (yes, we do support CA and CPA studies), you will learn lifelong practical skills that follow you throughout your career. Our graduates complete their development year having refined their skills in communication, relationship management, contextual enquiry, self-management, and teamwork – all good qualities to build if you want to take your career to the next level.

You want variety in your work. A career in audit involves a lot of getting out there and talking to people. You won’t be stuck at your desk emailing all day, we do a lot of field work that can often involve travel. Besides the change in physical location, you’ll also get variety in the work you do – we conduct audits on a wide range of topics! Your graduate year will also involve rotations into the different parts of the ANAO so you can broaden your understanding of the business.

You want work life balance but not at the cost of job security, salary and opportunities for advancement. The ANAO genuinely wants our employees to bring their best selves to work and you can’t do that if you never take care of your life outside work – we recognize a good work life balance is key to your health as well as job performance. We also offer generous provisions for eye glasses, health assessments, flu vaccinations and more for all employees.


Applications for our 2020 Graduate Program are open from 8:00am Monday 4 February 2019 to 11:30pm Sunday 31 March 2019.

To submit an application during this period, go to the ANAO Graduate Program page and click the ‘Apply Now’ button. This page provides information on the application and recruitment process.

Selecting Apply Now will take you to our online recruitment system, where you can submit your application.

We look forward to potentially working with you!

Contact Us

If you require any further information on the ANAO Graduate Program, visit the ANAO Graduate Program page on the ANAO website.

You can also get in contact with us via:

Email: GraduateProgram@anao.gov.au

Phone: 02 6203 7560

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