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They don't come much bigger. At the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) you could be conducting IT audits on the Department of Defence, the Australian Taxation Office and other organisations that are among the largest spenders on IT systems in Australia. It's challenging work that comes with big rewards in terms of prestige, satisfaction and working conditions.

The use and adoption of emerging technologies typically makes a big impact in any environment. The fascinating aspect of our IT Audits work is to identify and assess the risks that these technologies present when adopted by our Public Sector clients.

While our focus is conducting technical audits over networks, operating platforms and database management systems, we also provide professional, technical consultancy on the risks and controls of the technologies. The diversity of our client base and our use of computer-aided audit support systems, all make for an interesting job to apply your technical abilities.

Roles, requirements and responsibilities

Job Requirements

To be considered for an IT Audit position at the ANAO, you will require the following:

  • Degree or higher qualification in Information Technology, Information Systems, Information Management considered relevant by the delegate;
  • Excellent IT technical and/or IT audit skills; and
  • Australian Citizenship.

More senior positions also require:

  • Good appreciation of the impact of IT on key business processes; understanding of auditing standards and relevant IT standards;
  • Good knowledge of audit risk methodologies, benchmarking practices and best practice frameworks such as CobiT and ITIL; and
  • Demonstrated skills in project or task management including planning, leading and managing technical IT audits.

Roles and responsibilities

IT Auditor (Team Member - APS Level 4)

You will undertake audits of a low to medium level of complexity, according to established plans either individually or as part of a team. The main tasks revolve around the documentation of accounting and business systems, identification of key controls, conducting audit tests and drafting reports.

Under the broad supervision and guidance of the Director/Senior Director, positions at this level:

  • Either individually or as part of a team, undertake IT audits (both performance audit and financial statement audit) in accordance with an approved plan;
  • Provide assistance in the conduct of IT audits;
  • Provide professional or technical support;
  • Contribute to drafting audit strategies/reports; and
  • Contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of client relationships.

IT Auditor (Team Member - APS Level 5)

You will undertake audits of a low to medium level of complexity, according to established plans either individually or as part of a team. The main tasks revolve around the documentation of accounting and business systems, identification of key controls, conducting audit tests and drafting reports.

Under the broad supervision and guidance of the Director/Senior Director, positions at this level:

  • either individually or as part of a team, undertake IT audits (both performance audit and financial statement audit) and ensure the delivery of audit products;
  • Provide high level assistance in the conduct of all phases of an IT audit including:
    • Integrating the role of IT audit in performance and financial statements audits; and
    • Drafting timely reports that are credible and reflect sound judgement and evidence gathering techniques.
  • Provide professional or technical support;
  • Assist in drafting IT audit strategies/reports; and
  • Contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of client relationships.

Senior IT Auditor (Team Leader - APS Level 6)

In addition to leading a small team and the management of discrete programs, you undertake more complex and higher risk audits. You are responsible for drafting audit strategies, the preparation of reports and discussing findings with clients. An additional important responsibility is the development of less experienced staff.

Under the broad supervision and guidance of the Director/Senior Director, positions at this level:

  • Play a lead role in completing IT assignments (both performance audit and financial statement audit);
  • Manage IT assignments and provide high level assistance in the conduct of IT audits;
  • Provide significant professional or technical support;
  • Assist in preparing IT audit strategies and reports;
  • Contribute to continuous improvement in methodologies and work practices; and
  • Supervise and assist in the professional development of less experienced staff.

Director (Executive Level 1)

You take on responsibility for leading and managing a work area that is strategically important, or of moderate to high risk. You are involved in high level audit planning, investigation and reporting, project management and resource management for less complex and lower risk level audits. You are also responsible for the development of your staff, and take part in the development of strategic solutions for the Assurance Audit Services Group, including business and operational plans. Director level employees are required to manage client relationships and develop professional relationships with Parliamentary Committees, Client Audit Committees and other senior stakeholders.

Under the broad guidance of the Executive Director/Senior Director, positions at this level:

  • Contribute to the management of teams responsible for undertaking IT audit assignments (performance and financial statements audit)
  • Make a contribution to the achievement of corporate objectives
  • Assist in the formulation of IT Audit business and operational plans
  • Provide a high level of professional and technical advice on a range of IT audit issues
  • Raise awareness of IT issues for performance and financial statements audits
  • Manage internal and agency relationships
  • Mentor, guide and support professional development of staff.

Senior Director (Executive Level 2)

You take on the responsibility for leading and managing work areas that are most strategically important, and/or of highest risk. You will be involved in high level audit planning, investigation and reporting, project management and resource management for more complex and higher risk level audits. You are also responsible for the development of strategic solutions for the Assurance Audit Services Group and formulating business and operational plans. You will develop and mentor staff, manage client relationships and develop professional relationships with Parliamentary Committees, Client Audit Committees and other senior stakeholders.

Under the broad guidance of the Executive Director, positions at this level:

  • Lead and manage a work area responsible for undertaking IT audit assignments (both performance and financial statements audit);
  • Assist with the strategic management of the work area and the development of strategic solutions;
  • Formulate business and operational plans for the work area;
  • Provide significant professional and technical advice on a range of IT audit issues;
  • Contribute significantly to the setting and achievement of organisational objectives;
  • Raise awareness of IT issues for performance and financial statements audits;
  • Manage client relationships; and
  • Motivate, guide and develop professional development of staff.

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