General questions

What do ANAO graduates get paid?

Our graduates start on an APS 3 classification level, with an annual salary of $63,429 plus 15.4% superannuation. On successful completion of the program, graduates progress to an APS 4 classification level with an annual salary of $68,954.

When does the graduate program start?

We have two intakes from the one recruitment process. If you have already graduated or are due to graduate in the middle of the year, you can choose to commence with us in October, or start your program in February of the following year.

Will I be a permanent employee?

Our graduates are offered ongoing employment with us as part of our Graduate Program. However, the Australian Public Service (APS) requires all new permanent employees to successfully complete a six month probation period before being made permanent employees. Once this is complete, then graduates are confirmed as permanent ANAO and APS employees.

How do you work out rotation placements?

Our rotations are flexible and tailored to each graduate. We take into account timing and duration of rotations and place graduates into business areas based on individual learning and development goals, interests, skills and the operational needs of the ANAO.

Can I do further study while I’m in the graduate program?

We have many graduates who continue studying once starting the graduate program with us.  Towards the end of the 12 months graduates also become eligible to apply for Study Assistance.

Questions on qualifications

Is the ANAO graduate program only for accounting graduates?

Not at all. We look for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Depending on the group that most interests you, your qualifications could best suit these ANAO work groups.

Qualifications in…

Potential work group

Accounting, economics and commerce

Assurance Audit Services Group

Any degree (we look for people with highly developed skills in writing, research and analysis)

Performance Audit Services Group

Data analytics, business information systems, business informatics, engineering, IT security, dual degrees in finance/IT

Systems Assurance and Data Analytics

Finance related degrees (like accounting, commerce or economics), law

Professional Services and Relationships Group

Business related degrees (like HR, communication and psychology), finance related degrees, IT related degrees

Corporate Management Group

What if I obtained my qualification overseas?

If you hold international qualifications, you’ll need to provide us with a statement verifying recognition of your qualifications. You can get this from:

  • Department of Education and Training (Australian Government), or
  • State or Territory Overseas Qualifications Unit.

We cannot consider your application without this statement.

Do you accept applications from mature aged students?

Yes, we don’t assess age as part of our merit-based 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, it is not a requirement. A number of our current graduates hold a single degree.

Questions on eligibility

Do you have to be an Australian citizen to apply?

Yes, you must be an Australian citizen at the time you apply.

What security requirements do I have to meet?

All ANAO employees must obtain and maintain a security clearance prior to starting with us.

Do I need to have a security clearance already to apply?

No. If you are made an offer and accept it, the ANAO will initiate the security clearance process with the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA), who conduct the security clearance checks for all Australian Public Service employees

For more information on what to expect when AGSVA contacts you, please use the following resource: Security Clearance Applicant Guide Book.

Where are your positions located?

All ANAO positions are 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 if I need to relocate?

Yes, if you reside interstate, the ANAO will provide relocation assistance to support your move to Canberra.

Questions on Affirmative Measure positions

What is an ‘Indigenous Affirmative Measure’?

The Indigenous Affirmative Measure allows particular jobs in the Australian Public Service (APS) to be open only to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons.

The use of this measure is provided for by the Racial Discrimination Act (1975). While employing and promoting people is merit-based in the ANAO and APS, the measure aims to increase the representation of Indigenous Australians.

You can find out more here: Affirmative measure for recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A guide for applicants

What do I need to do to apply for a position under an Indigenous Affirmative Measure?

You must provide confirmation of heritage prior to being offered a role. This could 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 don’t 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 before being offered a position. If you’re having trouble getting one, there are a number of resources to assist you, including:

Questions on the Assessment Centre

What’s involved in the assessment process?

Our application process is designed to promote two-way communication between you and the ANAO. If your application is shortlisted, you’ll be asked to undergo a one way video interview. If you’re successful with your video interview, you’ll be invited to attend an assessment centre at our offices in Canberra.

The activities you’ll participate in at the assessment centre usually include a face-to-face interview, a written task and a group activity. The activities help us identify people who are strong communicators, work well in teams, are eager to learn and are highly driven.

Will I have to come to Canberra for the assessment centre?

We can interview shortlisted candidates by phone, however we strongly encourage you to attend the assessment centre in person. Ultimately, all positions are located in Canberra, so travelling for the assessment centre provides you with the 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 assessment centre?

If you’re invited to attend an assessment centre and you live interstate, the ANAO will make the necessary travel arrangements for you based on the interview date you select.

What are your key dates?

Monday 2 March 2020: Applications open for the 2021 Graduate Program

Monday 27 April 2020: Applications close

Early May 2020: Shortlisting and one-way video interviews

Late May: Assessment centres and reference checks

June: Offers of employment

October 2020 and February 2021: Start your career with the Australian National Audit Office!