ANAO Graduate Program — frequently asked questions
When do applications close?
Applications for our 2020 Graduate Program open Monday 4 February 2019 and close Sunday 31 March 2019.
What is the salary for the Graduate Program?
Successful candidates will commence on $60,966 plus 15.4% superannuation. Over the course of the graduate program, subject to performance, you will progress through the APS 4.1 $66,276. Most graduates are working at an APS 5 level in their second year and are well placed to apply for APS 5 roles through an APS recruitment round process.
When does the Graduate Program commence?
ANAO’s Graduate Program has two commencement dates each year; one in October and one in early February.
Will I be a permanent employee?
Graduates are engaged as ongoing permanent employees within the APS. However, all new employees are subject to a probationary period of 6 months.
How are rotation placements determined?
Placements are determined taking into account your preferences, skills, academic qualifications and the operational imperatives of the ANAO.
Can I undertake further study whilst undertaking the Graduate Program?
We have many graduate who continue further studies during the graduate program. As you near the end of your graduate year, you will become eligible to apply for Study Assistance.
Is the ANAO only interested in employing accounting graduates?
The ANAO is seeking graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. Depending on the work group that most interests you, the most sought after degrees for each group are:
- 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.
- CMG: Human resources, finance, communication, business, digital design and IT.
What if my qualification was obtained overseas?
If you hold international qualifications, you’ll need to provide us with a statement verifying recognition of your qualifications. Your qualifications can be verified from either the:
We will not consider your application without this supporting documentation. This documentation is required to progress your application.
Do you accept applications from mature aged students?
Yes, we don’t assess age as part of the merit selection process.
Do I need to have a double degree, honours or postgraduate qualification to apply?
While graduates who have obtained a double degree, honours or postgraduate qualifications are encouraged to apply, this is not a requirement; a number of our current graduates hold a single degree.
Do you have to be an Australian citizen to apply?
Yes, you must be an Australian citizen at the time of application.
What security requirements have to be met?
All ANAO employees are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance prior to commencement.
Do I need to have a clearance to apply?
No. If you are made an offer and accept, the ANAO will initiate the security clearance process with the who conduct the security clearance checks for all employees within the Australian Public Service. For more information on what to expect when AGSVA contact you, please use the following resources: and .
Where are positions located?
All positions will be based in Canberra – a great city to live in! Discover everything the nation’s capital has to offer at the following websites.
Will I receive help with relocation?
Yes, if you reside interstate, the ANAO will provide relocation assistance to support your move to Canberra.
Affirmative Measures Positions
What is an ‘Indigenous Affirmative Measure’?
The Indigenous Affirmative Measure process is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples. The use of an Affirmative measure is provided for by subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 which enables the restriction of positions to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. While merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion, the aim of these provisions is to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians in the ANAO and the APS.
What are the requirements of applying for a position under an Affirmative Measure?
Applicants must provide confirmation of heritage prior to being offered a role. Types of evidence that are considered include:
- a letter signed by the chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that you are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; or
- a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Indigenous organisation.
What if I don’t have a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage document?
If you do not have the required evidence prior to applications closing, you can still submit an application. Simply attach a letter or email which outlines the steps you are taking to source your documentation. You will have to provide documented evidence prior to being offered a position. If you are having trouble getting a confirmation, there are a number of resources to assist you.
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
- Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
The Assessment Centre
What is involved in the assessment process?
Our recruitment process is designed to promote two-way communication between you and the ANAO. If your application is shortlisted, you will be asked to attend an assessment centre at our offices in Canberra. The assessment activities usually include an interview, written and group activity and are designed to help us identify people who are strong communicators, work well within teams, are eager to learn and highly self-driven.
Will I have to come to Canberra for the interview?
We will interview shortlisted candidates via phone however we strongly encourage people to attend the assessment centre in person. Ultimately, all positions are located in Canberra so travelling for the assessment centre provides you with opportunity to meet your potential colleagues check out our offices and get a feel for our beautiful city.
What if I can’t afford to travel to Canberra for the interview?
If you are invited to attend an assessment centre and reside interstate, the ANAO will make the necessary travel arrangements for you based on the interview date you select.
Monday 4 February 2019: Applications open for the 2020 Graduate Program
Sunday 31 March 2019: Applications close
April/May 2019: Assessment and reference checks
June/July 2019: Offers of employment
October 2019/ February 2020: Start your career with the Australian National Audit Office!