I originally joined the ANAO as part of the graduate program, after completing my degree in Queensland. I was attracted to working at the ANAO as I thought auditing would be a good base for my future career. I progressed through the ranks to the Audit Manager level. After just over 7 years with the ANAO I decided to move to the Department of Finance and Administration (as it was then called) to work in one of the Agency Advice Units in Budget Group. After a while at Finance, I returned to the ANAO to take up an Executive Director position with the Assurance Audit Services Group (AASG).
Some of the things I enjoy the most about working at the ANAO are the variety of entities and people I get to deal with on a daily basis. No two days are ever the same. It is great working in an environment where everyone around you is also a professional. I appreciate the ANAO's strong focus on the ongoing development and support of our staff. Throughout my time at the ANAO, I have developed and used a variety of skills, both in technical areas and other areas such as staff and client management, presentation skills and resource management. The ANAO's core values (respect, integrity and excellence) align with my own values, so I think this is one of the main reasons I enjoy working at the ANAO.
As well as being responsible for the financial statements audits for a portfolio of clients, I also have a number of corporate responsibilities, including the graduate recruitment program for AASG, management of staff allocations and resourcing for financial statements audit staff and other practice management and budget-related matters. These other activities allow me to broaden my skill base and contribute more broadly to the ANAO's direction.
During my time with the ANAO, I have been fortunate to go on a few overseas trips for work. The first involved a six week secondment to Audit New Zealand (New Zealand's audit office), where I worked on a variety of audits of New Zealand public sector entities. I have also attended and made a presentation to an international public sector auditing seminar in Prague, and visited the United Kingdom National Audit Office to discuss their approach to auditing and resource management. I also attended, and presented at, a rountable in Brasilia that was arranged by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Brazilian Court of Audit (known as the TCU), to assist the TCU in a review of their approach to financial statements auditing, particularly at the whole of government level.
I enjoy being able to contribute to the ANAO, and the broader Australian Government, through my work, and I enjoy working with a friendly, supportive and professional group of people.