The Professional Services and Relationships Group provides timely, expert advice and assistance across the ANAO on a diverse range of audit and related topics. 

We provide direct support to the Executive through independent quality reviews, the provision of advice and the preparation of responses to Australian Government reform.  We also provide vital support to our financial statement and performance auditors, including an up-to-date and comprehensive policy and guidance database; an audit methodology package including templates and guidance; and learning and development courses and information seminars.  Most importantly, we offer well thought-out technical auditing and accounting advice to our auditors when they are in the field.

We contribute to the audit and accounting profession in Australia by providing Client Seminars that update ANAO clients on financial reporting developments and contractor briefings on topical public sector issues, as well as being an active member of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General. We also support ANAO initiatives to build auditing capacity outside Australia by assisting the Indonesian Audit Office with quality assurance and audit support through the ANAO’s Strategic Partnership Agreement with AusAID. 

Our staff are afforded numerous opportunities to develop our technical knowledge through learning and development activities, as well as networking with policy agencies, professional bodies and other audit offices.  A number of our staff also spend part of the year working on financial audits, thereby further developing their technical auditing and accounting skills.

Roles, requirements and responsibilities

Job Requirements

To be considered for a Professional Services position at the ANAO, you will require the following:

  • Accounting or other tertiary qualifications considered relevant by the delegate are highly desirable;
  • Strong accounting, financial or performance auditing/ analysis and/or IT technical skills;
  • Understanding of financial statements and related financial or performance audit risk-based methodologies and practices, including IT audit principles;
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver less complex technical training and undertake technical research;
  • Good track record in project management; and
  • Australian Citizenship.

More senior positions also require:

  • Accounting and/or other relevant tertiary qualifications are highly desirable;
  • A professional background demonstrating superior accounting, financial management and/or auditing skills;
  • A strong track record in client and project management; and
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage audit operations.

Responsibilities

Team Member (APS Level 5)

Assist in the planning, co-ordination, development and conduct of performance or financial training for staff, undertake research and draft policy on less complex audit matters, provide technical support, exercise quality control and a sound level of professional and technical expertise and maintain internal and external client relationships.

Under the broad supervision and general guidance of the Team Leader/Director, positions at this level:

  • Assist in the planning, co-ordination, development and conduct of performance or financial training for staff;
  • Undertake research and provide policy on less complex audit matters;
  • Provide technical support for the business;
  • Exercise quality control and a sound level of professional and technical expertise; and
  • Maintain internal and external client relationships.

Team Leader (APS Level 6)

Plan, co-ordinate, develop and conduct performance or financial training for staff, undertaken research and provide policy on audit matters, provide technical support, exercise quality control and a high level of professional and technical expertise and maintain internal and external client relationships.

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

  • Plan, co-ordinate, develop and conduct performance or financial training for staff;
  • Undertake research and provide policy on audit matters;
  • Provide technical support for the business;
  • Exercise quality control and a high level of professional and technical expertise; and
  • Maintain internal and external client relationships.

Director (Executive Level 1)

Contribute to the development and implementation of audit methodologies and technologies in the ANAO, plan, co-ordinate, develop and conduct performance audit or financial audit training for staff, undertake research and provide policy on audit matters, provide technical support, exercise quality control and a high level of professional and technical expertise, manage client relationships including representing the ANAO in a variety of senior management and professional forums and develop strategic solutions for the Branch and contribute to the achievement of corporate objectives.

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

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of audit methodologies and technologies in the ANAO;
  • Plan, co-ordinate, develop and conduct performance audit or financial audit training for staff;
  • Undertake research and provide policy on audit matters;
  • Provide technical support for the business;
  • Exercise quality control and a high level of professional and technical expertise;
  • Manage client relationships including representing the ANAO in a variety of senior management and professional forums; and
  • Develop strategic solutions for the Branch and contribute to the achievement of corporate objectives.

Senior Director (Executive Level 2)

Lead and manage a work area responsible for large, complex, high risk and strategically important audit services, manage the development and implementation of audit methodologies and technologies in the ANAO, plan, co-ordinate, develop and conduct performance audit or financial audit training for staff, develop strategic solutions for the Branch and make a significant contribution to the achievement of corporate objectives, exercise quality control and a high level of professional and technical expertise and manage client relationships including representing the ANAO in a variety of senior management and professional forums.

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

  • Lead and manage a work area responsible for large, complex, high risk and strategically important audit support services;
  • Manage the development and implementation of audit methodologies and technologies in the ANAO;
  • Plan, co-ordinate, develop and conduct performance audit or financial audit training for staff;
  • Develop strategic solutions for the Branch and make a significant contribution to the achievement of corporate objectives;
  • Exercise quality control and a high level of professional and technical expertise; and
  • Manage client relationships including representing the ANAO in a variety of senior management and professional forums.