About the ANAO
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) improves public sector performance and supports accountability and transparency in the Australian Government through independent reporting to the Parliament, the Executive and the public.
We provide an independent view of the performance and financial management of Australian Government entities, and help to ensure that Australia’s public administration is accountable to Parliament and to the public it serves.
We conduct financial audits, as well as performance audits and assurance reviews, highlighting areas where improvements can be made to benefit all Australians. This can include assessing the IT systems that allow these entities to deliver their outcomes.
Our work has real impacts on government programs, policies, projects, systems and reporting.
About our graduate program
With the ANAO Graduate Program, you’ll see what other grads don’t. At the ANAO, every government entity is a client so you will develop a real understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in government.
Your work will have a real impact on government administration, and you’ll work across a range of Federal Government agencies and entities, getting the big picture of how government works. Why work with one agency when you can work with them all?
You’ll contribute to meaningful work from day one and get the opportunity to make your mark in a small, dedicated organisation.
Applications for our 2019 Graduate Program open Monday 5 February 2018 and close Sunday 1 April 2018.
Australian citizens ONLY
Applicants must be willing to undergo a security clearance process.
Apply online at www.anao.gov.au/careers/graduates
To be eligible for our graduate program, you must:
Applications are open between 8:00am Monday 5 February 2018 and 11:30pm Sunday 1 April 2018.
To apply, visit the Graduates page on the ANAO website and click Apply Now.
Selecting Apply Now will take you to our online recruitment system where you can submit your application.
Get in touch
Contact the ANAO’s Graduate Manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application!
Three of our 2017 grads, Pooja, Jason and Sara share their experiences with the ANAO Graduate Program.
Sara – Performance Audit Services Group
Degree background: Psychology (Honours)
I work on the Major Projects Report in the Performance Audit Services Group. This report provides assurance annually over the status of the Department of Defence’s major military equipment purchases, like warships and fighter jets. I am involved in all aspects of the report, from visiting Defence project offices and interviewing staff during the fieldwork stage, to ensuring all statements in the report are supported by evidence, as well as report drafting, editing, and publication.
In my first week working in the Major Projects Report team, I identified some areas in a technical document that were important to the review, but which couldn’t be fully understand without advice from the Defence client. I participated in a conference call with an Army Lieutenant Colonel where explained the more complex parts of the document. Getting to be an active participant and ask questions ensured that I got everything required to complete my work. For me, that’s the best proof that ANAO graduates do real work from day one.
One of the best aspects of working at the ANAO is its people and workplace culture. This is a workplace where people genuinely look out for each other and you always have someone to support you. I’ve made friends among my grad cohort easily and have enjoyed a great dynamic in my audit team.
The ANAO has offered me the chance to use the research and analysis skills I learned as part of my psychology degree to form objective, evidence-based viewpoints of government programs. I never pictured a degree in psychology taking me on this path, but I’m glad it did.
Jason – Assurance Audit Services Group
Degree background: Commerce
Having worked in the private sector, I applied for the ANAO Graduate Program because I wanted to contribute to meaningful work for the broader community and not just the bottom line.
As an Assurance Auditor in the Defence Branch, I look at key components of financial statements and examine transactions to provide assurance over the accounting assertions made on Defence’s military assets and services. My work has taken me to Army, Navy and RAAF bases across the country and seeing assets such as tanks, submarines and fighter aircraft which civilians don’t ordinarily see. A stand out moment for me during my graduate year was when a senior base commander asked for my opinions on our findings – it really drove the point that the work I was doing was meaningful in a broader context.
I was offered a subsequent rotation in the Executive Office which has allowed me to work very closely with the Auditor-General and Deputy Auditor-General of Australia. This experience enabled me to adopt a high level perspective of the ANAO and see how the work that we do feeds into Parliament and provides assurance over public funds and the implementation of policy.
The learning and development courses offered are one of the best parts of the graduate program. The ANAO supports the development of technical and soft skills, both of which are key to building our skills and careers. The workshops in the early phases of the program help you get up to speed and job-ready, and you continue to be well-supported throughout your graduate year through regular updates.
Pooja – Assurance Audit Services Group
Degree background: Accounting and Management
I joined the ANAO through the Internship Program, and then came on board as a graduate. As an intern, I developed a basic understanding of auditing and was encouraged to further my auditing skills while completing my degree. I was particularly interested in the variety of work, professional development opportunities, and work-life balance the ANAO offers its graduates.
Working as a Financial Statements auditor, my role is to examine financial statement line items and more. Financial statements differ from entity to entity so getting to know the nature of an entity’s business is crucial and at times, challenging.
The most interesting work I’ve done in the Graduate Program would be performing Benefit Recalculations as part of the Department of Human Services audit. It gave me the opportunity to delve into the processes and services the department delivers directly to the public. I even had the unique experience of auditing the Australian Accounting Standards Board and Auditing and Assurance Standards Board – the agencies that set the accounting and auditing standards!
From the audits I have conducted, which ranged from bigger departments to smaller agencies and included a few high profile audits, I’ve been able to see the big picture of how the Federal Government works. My work provides the public with information that affects decision making and makes a real impact on government administration.
The ANAO has also provided me with the opportunity to develop and improve my understanding beyond auditing financial statements and into other areas of professional development, such as developing analytical rigor, technical skills and building my leadership skills while continually challenging myself professionally.