Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q: What is it like to work at the Australian National Audit Office?
A: At the ANAO, we're a diverse bunch. As well as accountants and finance experts, you'll find people from a whole range of disciplines. We have a friendly, supportive corporate culture and challenging work that is of benefit to the people of Australia. We encourage our people to grow and improve by providing great career pathways and training opportunities.
Q: What programs/areas will I be auditing?
A: The work area you're assigned to depends on several factors, including current staffing levels, the audit work program and your qualifications and experience. Where possible, we make every effort to assign you according to your stated preferences.
Q: Is the ANAO a government department?
A: Although the ANAO is an independent agency that reports directly to Parliament, we are part of the Australian Public Service and our people enjoy the same employment conditions as other Commonwealth public servants, including 15.4% employer superannuation contributions.
Q: Will I have to move to Canberra?
A: Yes, all ANAO positions are based in Canberra at 19 National Circuit, Barton. The ANAO will cover all reasonable expenses involved with relocating successful applicants to Canberra. For more information on this, please refer to the Employment Conditions and Benefits pages.
Q: What security checks will I have to undergo?
A: In order to commence with the ANAO, you need to obtain a 'baseline' national security clearance at a minimum. This process involves a check into your background for a period of 10 years (including national police checks).
Q: Do I have to attend a medical?
A: Yes, passing a medical clearance is a requirement to be employed in the Australian Public Service.
Q: Do I have to be an Australian citizen?
A: Yes, the Australian Public Service only employs Australian Citizens.
Q: Do you have any tips/guidance for my application?
A: For general guidance on applying for jobs in the APS, please refer to 'Cracking the Code', an Australian Public Service Commission guide.
Q: What are the work hours?
A: A standard work day at the ANAO is 7.5 hours a day, but start and finish times are flexible to help promote a healthy work life balance.
Q: Do you provide visa sponsorship?
A: As all our employees need to be Australian citizens, we cannot provide visa sponsorship.
Q: How do I apply for a position?
A: Applications for all vacancies can be submitted via the Vacancies/Apply page. For more details on applying for jobs in the APS, please refer to 'Cracking the Code', an Australian Public Service Commission guide.
Q: When will I hear back from you after submitting an application?
A: We are normally able to get back to applicants within five business days from the closing of applications, however at peak application times it may take us a little longer to respond. If you haven't heard back from us within five business days, please feel free to contact the Recruitment Team.
Q: What is the best way to prepare for an interview?
A: Prepare carefully for your interview. Questions will be based on the six core ANAO capabilities relevant to the position you are applying for. Be prepared to tell us how your skills, knowledge and experience will help you meet the challenges of the job. We will advise you in advance if there is any preparation required or tests to be undertaken at the interview.