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. 

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Key Facts


Government & Public Sector
Human Resources


Actuarial Studies
Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
Environmental Science
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Position Locations



Applications for our 2019 Graduate Program open Monday 5 February 2018 and close Sunday 1 April 2018.

Citizenship / Eligibility Requirements

Australian citizens ONLY

Additional Eligibility Information

Applicants must be willing to undergo a security clearance process.


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The ANAO Graduate Program is a one-year program where you’ll learn how analyse and report on the finances and performance of Federal Government agencies, or how to support these functions.

You’ll receive support to develop your skills and expertise in public administration by understanding what these agencies do well and how they can improve.

We’ll help you reach your potential by providing you with a customised learning and development program that blends internal, external, online, technical and soft skills training.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work in different areas of the ANAO, giving you the full picture of our organisation.

We are recruiting graduates for a number different areas including:

  • Assurance Audit Services Group: Contribute to the financial statements audits of government entities and provide assurance to Parliament that government money is properly accounted for;
  • Performance Audit Services Group: Review the efficiency, effectiveness, economy and ethics of the implementation of government policies and programs;
  • System Assurance and Data Analytics Branch: Not just an average IT job, you will get the chance to assist with financial statement and performance audits, and use your technical knowledge to provide analytics and assurance services on some of the largest IT systems in the southern hemisphere;
  • Professional Services and Relationships Group: Support the audit and assurance activities of the ANAO with robust methodology and advice, and support the Auditor‐General in his relationship with the Parliament and key public sector stakeholders both nationally and internationally;
  • Corporate Management Branch:  As an enabling branch, CMB provides strategic frameworks and transactional services that support the efficient operations of the ANAO through human resources, financial management, information technology and security, organisational change, digital design and communications, records management, library and research services, governance and accommodation support.

The ANAO is seeking graduates from diverse academic backgrounds, like Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Data Science, Arts, Management, Law, Social Sciences, Economics, Public Administration, Commerce, Communication and more.

Explore the benefits

Our one-year graduate program offers a list of benefits that tick all the boxes:

  • starting salary from $60,966
  • work with a real impact
  • learning and development opportunities throughout your graduate year
  • a variety of work and roles
  • excellent career progression opportunities
  • flexible working arrangements
  • work/life balance
  • relocation assistance if moving from interstate
  • permanent employment on successful completion of the program
  • advancement on successful completion of the program
  • access to study assistance on successful completion of the program.

Who we’re looking for

Although we have graduates from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds, there are some qualities we look for in all our people.

If you’re applying, it’s 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
  • are an achiever with a strong sense of purpose.

Position locations

All positions are located in Canberra, ACT.

Applications for our 2019 Graduate Program open Monday 5 February 2018 and close Sunday 1 April 2018.

Please see the ‘How to apply’ tab for information on program eligibility and how to submit an application.



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 2018
  • be a current Australian citizen
  • be prepared to undertake an appropriate security clearance
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra (we can provide allowances to assist with relocating).


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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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