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Why work for one agency when you can work with them all?

The purpose of the Australian National Audit Office is to support accountability and transparency in the Australian Government sector through independent reporting to the Parliament, and thereby contribute to improved public sector performance.

There is no other agency who protects the taxpayer in the same way we do. We are fiercely independent and exist to keep the Australian Parliament informed on how government agencies exercise their authority and spend public funds.

As a graduate you’ll get started in a real role, learn by doing and get exposure to working across multiple government agencies. We invest significantly in the development of our employees and you will be provided with ample training opportunities and coaching from skilled colleagues who will give you with the confidence to progress beyond your first year.

What we offer

  • Challenging and rewarding work at the heart of government.
  • Ongoing employment with generous conditions and a starting salary of $60,966 and 15.4 per cent superannuation.
  • Coaching, mentoring and training focussed on where you are now and where you want to take your career.
  • Opportunity to work on agency-wide projects that transform and improve the way we do business.
  • APS-wide networking, conferences and events to help you build connections across the public sector.

Still not sure? Here are five reasons our people choose a career with the ANAO:

Work that counts.  Change the way government agencies deliver. Suggest improvements. Reduce waste and inefficiency. Increase accountability and transparency for the benefit of all Australians.

You’re not quite sold on one government agency. If you want an unbiased introduction on what the public service is all about — we’re a great place to start. Like our tagline states, you’ll get to see what other grads don’t!

Professional Development and Career Progression. Our reputation relies heavily on high performing individuals and teams. You’ll get the technical skills (delivered by our very own experts within the field) as well as build the skills essential for progressing your career. The difference with us is we recognise everyone comes with their own set of training needs, strengths and weaknesses. Our graduate program is flexible enough to work with you and figure out which areas you want to refine in your graduate year — maybe it's critical analysis, professional communication or career management? If you’re open with us, we’ll do our best to make it happen. This will continue beyond the graduate program, our employees have access to an extensive training calendar including generous provisions toward postgraduate studies.

Variety in the work you do. A career in audit involves a lot of getting out there and talking to people. You won’t be stuck at your desk emailing all day, we do a lot of field work that can often involve travel. Besides the change in physical location, you’ll also get variety in the work you do — we conduct audits on a wide range of topics! Your graduate year will also involve rotations into the different parts of the ANAO so you can broaden your understanding of the business.

Work life balance but not at the cost of job security, salary and opportunities for advancement. The ANAO genuinely wants our employees to bring their best selves to work and you can’t do that if you never take care of your life outside work — we recognise a good work life balance is key to your health as well as job performance. We provide generous provisions for eye glasses, health assessments, flu vaccinations and more for all employees.

Our business – where do you fit?

The ANAO is organised into five functional areas.

  • Assurance Audit Services Group (AASG) provides independent assurance on the financial statements and financial administration of all Australian Government entities.
  • Performance Audit Services Group (PASG) conducts performance audits and assurance reviews of Australian Government entities and produces related publications and other information reports.
  • System Assurance and Data Analytics (SADA) Group provides IT audit and data analytics support to the ANAO’s assurance and performance audit work, with staff from a range of professional and technical backgrounds. As a SADA graduate, you are provided a niche learning opportunity to work with some of the most complex IT systems used within the Australian Government.
  • Professional Services and Relationships Group (PSRG) provides high level technical advice to the Auditor-General, and supports the audit and assurance activities of the ANAO with methodology and advice. PSRG also supports the Auditor-General with his relationship to Parliament and with creating and maintaining strong relationships with key public sector stakeholders, nationally and internationally.
  • Corporate Management Group (CMG) leads corporate strategy, communication and change for the ANAO. It provides services based on specialised knowledge, best practices and technology that enable the delivery of the ANAO’s purpose and audit outcomes.

Before applying, we recommend you research the work of the different areas and target your application towards the area you are most interested.

Not sure whether your field of study matches your preferred work area? Find your field of study below to see which service group we recommend.

  • AASG: Accounting, economics and commerce.
  • PASG: Any degree however you must have strong research, analysis and written communication skills.
  • 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, law.
  • CMG: Human resources, finance, communications, business and IT.

Just keep in mind, the ANAO Graduate Program is not just about academic ability. Above all, we are looking for people who are good communicators, have a high degree of integrity and work well in teams. If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply!

The application process

Applications for the 2019 Graduate Program are open from 4 February and close 31 March 2019.

Step 1: Complete Application. The application is your first opportunity to introduce yourself — we’ll ask you to provide your resume, a copy of your latest academic results and why you want to work for us.

Step 2: Shortlisting. Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review it and check your eligibility and suitability for the graduate roles.

Step 3: We will be in touch regarding next steps. If your application is not shortlisted, you will know by 19 April.

Step 4: Successful candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre in Canberra — our team will be in contact to make arrangements for your travel to our wonderful city.

Step 5: Reference checks will occur in May.

Step 6: Offers will be made over June and July.

Step 7: Feedback sessions will be held from July.

Things to consider before you apply:


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 2019;
  • be a current Australian citizen;
  • be prepared to undertake a security clearance process; and
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra.

Position locations

All graduate positions are located in Canberra, ACT. We provide relocation assistance if you need to move from interstate.

Reasonable adjustment

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide you with a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive work environment. If you identify as having a disability, we encourage you to review the information provided about the recruitment process and let us know of any ways we can better support you in the application and assessment process.

Affirmative Measures

Affirmative measures are designed to address the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Australian Public Service (APS). Consistent with the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and our human rights obligations, including those set out in international conventions, the aims of the affirmative measure are to:

  • promote the right to equality and non-discrimination in employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • acknowledge that all individuals have the right to employment, while recognising it is sometimes necessary to provide some groups in the community with additional support in order for them to enjoy their right to employment on an equal basis with others
  • increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians employed in the APS
  • assist agencies to meet the objectives of the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy.

Resources to help you with your application

Here is a list of useful resources to help you with the graduate application process:

GradLife at the ANAO

At the ANAO, the work we do is varied and could including anything from:

  • helping to develop the audit objective, scope and methodology or planning other project work;
  • carrying out audit fieldwork, interviewing stakeholders and agency staff, observing frontline agency operations, testing program design principles and/or IT system business rules;
  • analysing audit evidence to reach a conclusion against the audit objective and criteria;
  • drafting sections of the audit report;
  • participating in briefings with Senior Executive within our agency and/or across the Public sector.

Regardless of your task, you will be supported by bright, savvy colleagues who are happy to share their knowledge and help you develop.

Get in touch

For more information on the ANAO Graduate Program, please visit our Frequently asked questions. If you’d prefer to have a conversation with us, or just want to keep up to date with what is happening at the ANAO, please connect with us through the following channels.

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