ANAO Graduate Program
The ANAO Graduate Program sets you up for a challenging and varied career where you’ll contribute to meaningful work that serves the broader Australian community.
Welcome to the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) graduate program information page. We hope you find this information helpful and consider us as an employer.
See what other grads don’t at the ANAO
See the big picture
Get a birds-eye view of the public service. Work across multiple portfolios, getting the ultimate intro to government and a unique professional edge to launch your APS career.
Do real work with real responsibility — from day one. See your work published and tabled in Parliament. Make a difference, contributing to better public administration and supporting integrity, accountability and transparency in government agencies.
See first-hand how senior leaders operate
Have unmatched access to senior leaders. Work with executives from across the public service. Learn from the best, sitting in on meetings and master classes with ANAO senior leaders including the Auditor-General and Deputy Auditor-General.
See where your ANAO career takes you
Bring what you know — we’ll help you develop the rest. Expand your career options with tailored learning and development, an extensive training program and structured rotations into different areas.
Whatever your academic background, we have a place right here for your unique skills and experience. Find out more at www.anao.gov.au.
Our work and you
What’s your major? Where you start out here will depend on your qualifications. Here’s how you could use your degree at the ANAO.
Accounting and finance majors
Do accounting in a place where profit isn’t the driver
As a grad in our Assurance Audit Services Group, you will audit the financial statements of government agencies and report your findings to Parliament. Your work will be meaningful and rewarding, helping to keep government accountable and improving public sector standards for financial management and administration.
You’ll gain broad experience with public sector accounting work, engaging with our unique and diverse client base of 250+ government bodies. Be challenged with opportunities to work with some of the Australian Government’s biggest departments — like the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Defence or Services Australia — or a host of small to medium sized agencies, Commonwealth authorities and companies. Each engagement will be unique and present new opportunities to learn and grow as an auditor and accountant.
Alternatively, in our new Performance Statement Audit Services Group, you’ll use your knowledge of proper public expenditure to assess the annual reports and performance statements of different government entities.
What qualifications should I have?
Meet your future colleagues
Tessa, a financial statement auditor and former graduate, speaks on her experiences in the program and at the ANAO.
Jodi, one of our senior leaders in financial statement audit, talks about her ANAO career:
Humanities, science and law majors
Use your research skills to develop deep insight into how government agencies do their work
As a grad in our Performance Audit Services Group, you’ll research and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of government programs and report to Parliament on the big issues of the day.
Apply your well-developed generalist skills — like analysis, research and writing — to examine a variety of public policy and administrative issues. Each new audit is like a new research project and comes with the opportunity to build an in-depth understanding of a specific audit topic — ranging from mass-scale infrastructure projects through to the delivery of services to communities. Learn how the public sector works, while analysing the delivery of programs of public interest and importance.
Alternatively, in our new Performance Statement Audit Services Group, you’ll examine entities’ annual reports and performance statements. Be at the forefront of audit innovation as you drive improvements in the quality of public performance reporting.
What qualifications should I have?
All degrees are relevant! If you’ve completed an undergraduate-level degree in the last seven years, in any area, then you’re welcome to apply.
Meet a future colleague
Daniel, a performance statements auditor and former graduate, speaks on his experiences in the program and at the ANAO.
Data science majors
Use data to discover insights into government policies and programs
As a grad in our Systems Assurance and Data Analytics group, you’ll use your knowledge of data analytics to discover insights into government policies and programs as you as you develop scripts, visualisations and pipelines to answer audit-related questions.
Data analytics is playing a continually expanding role at the ANAO — analyse complex and varied data across a wide range of topics, working collaboratively with our auditors in the field. Your investigations will highlight trends and patterns, and shape audit conclusions and recommendations.
Work with innovative technology for statistical modelling, data mining, text mining and process mining using tools like Python, R, SQL, Tableau and Qlik Sense.
What qualifications should I have?
- data analytics
- business information systems
- business informatics
- IT security
- dual degrees in finance/IT.
Meet a future colleague
Song, a data analyst and former graduate, speaks on his experiences in the program and at the ANAO.
What else should I have?
We’re looking for people that are curious and highly motivated team players, that will fit with our high integrity and performance culture. Additional characteristics that will help you flourish at the ANAO include:
- a positive attitude and eagerness to learn
- strong written communication skills with the ability to write clearly and concisely
- strong verbal communication skills
- the ability to speak confidently to people of all backgrounds
- creative and critical thinking
- flexibility and adaptability
- a proactive attitude and efficient approach to heavy workloads
- well-developed conceptual and analytical abilities
- a strong sense of purpose and the drive to achieve.
We accept all degrees and disciplines — so if you’ve studied accounting, the arts, or even astronomy, there’s a place for you here. We value you for your unique skills, attributes and experiences, and will help you learn the audit technical skills you need.
All about us
We are a specialist public sector agency that supports the Auditor-General of Australia to conduct financial performance and performance statements audits of Australian Government agencies.
Driven by our strong culture of integrity, independence and high performance, our audit reports support accountability and transparency in government. We’re proud of the way our work keeps the Parliament and public informed of government agencies’ exercise of authority and expenditure of public funds.
Our people are committed to fully understanding and shining a light on the details of public administration for the benefit of everyone. We independently select, analyse and audit topics of significant public interest, like:
- program implementation and management
- IT systems
- financial statements
- performance statements
- service delivery
- procurement processes
- grants management
- policy development processes
- and more!
All about the grad program
Our work is highly varied, and different audit topics call for different specialities — which means that whatever your academic background, we have a place for you.
As an ANAO grad, you’ll apply what you learned in your studies and have a real impact on public sector administration.
Our graduate program also offers:
- challenging and interesting work with real responsibility
- foundational knowledge and skills to set up your career and a unique introduction to the work of government
- tailored learning and development with placements based on your personal career and development goals
- ongoing employment with generous conditions and a starting salary of $64,698 per annum, plus 15.4 % superannuation
- a positive approach to flexible work and work life balance
- relocation assistance if you need to move to Canberra from interstate
- the option to commence your program in October 2022, or February 2023.
All about applying
Submit your application through our Online Recruitment Portal. As part of the application, you'll be asked to complete an expression of interest and provide:
- proof of Australian citizenship
- your resume
- your academic transcript (an unofficial one is sufficient)
- details of two referees.
Consider referring to the ANAO Capability Framework which describes the skills, knowledge and attributes we expect of our people.
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 be set to complete the relevant degree by no later than September 2022 (for our October 2022 intake) or December 2022 (for our February 2023 intake)
- be an Australian citizen
- be willing to undertake a security clearance process
- be willing to relocate to Canberra.
Applications for our 2023 graduate program open on 31 January 2022 and close Monday 18 April 2022.
To apply, you’ll need to submit a current CV, your academic record, a short expression of interest, and the details of two referees through our applications portal.
After an initial assessment period, short listed applicants will be invited to complete video interviews, as well as an online written assessment and an online group assessment.
We’ll send out an initial round of offers in June based on results from these assessments, with graduate intakes in October 2022 and February 2023.
All graduate positions are located in Canberra, ACT.
We provide relocation assistance if you need to move from interstate.
The ANAO is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where all our employees are valued.
This commitment extends to our recruitment practice, where we are able to provide reasonable adjustments to our application and assessment processes based on need.
Please ensure that you contact our Careers Team about any adjustments or considerations you may need for assessment processes before completing the relevant assessments. No consideration can be given after assessment submission or without evidence.
Here’s what our application process could look like on your end!
What else will you see at the ANAO?
Want to know more about what you’ll see during your year as an ANAO grad?
See things as they are
Work right at the heart of the public sector and use evidence-based analysis to see how well agencies are delivering on their programs.
Delve into the detail of a policy implementation as you ask questions and get to the bottom of why decisions have been made.
See extensive formal training
Complement your on-the-job learning and fast-track your professional development with our extensive L&D program, comprised of year-round face-to-face workshops and self-directed online learning.
Our structured training program will help you develop and apply your technical audit ability and proficiency with the tools we use, as well as general professional competencies.
See different parts of the business
Spend 12 weeks away from your ‘home’ team on rotation, exploring career possibilities and broadening your skill sets.
You might take a break from debits and credits to test the accuracy of agency performance statements — or spend some time away from program evaluation to get a handle on our corporate and enabling services.
Plus, we have a few opportunities for longer-term specialised rotations that you can apply for, including:
- an Executive rotation, where you’ll shadow the Auditor-General and Deputy Auditor-General
- a Data Analytics rotation, where you’ll use technology to generate audit insights
- the parliamentary officer rotation, where you’ll work directly with the Department of the House of Representatives, the Department of the Senate or the Parliamentary Budget Office to support the Parliament.
See beyond your desk
Join our highly mobile workforce and collect audit evidence out at client sites across the country.
Our activity-based workplace means that no two days will be quite the same as you move from our office to audit entity offices all around Australia.
See how your colleagues welcome you
Our friendly office can be a place for you to meet new people and develop your ANAO network.
Catch up at our Social Club happy hours and morning teas, get involved in footy tipping, kick around the soccer ball during your lunch hour, and enjoy our annual trivia night organised by graduates (psssst, that’s you).
See what leadership looks like
As an ANAO grad, you’ll have unparalleled access to our leadership team, as well as senior leaders across the APS.
Working as an auditor will teach you how to listen, collaborate and influence as you manage up, down and sideways — skills that you’ll tap into time and time again over the course of your career.
See where your ANAO career takes you
Through the 12-month graduate program and beyond, the ANAO will work with you to create a tailored development plan that reflects your strengths, interests and aspirations.
A career in audit develops your business acumen like no other role. You’ll be privy to the information and operations critical to running an organisation, priming you take on leadership roles both at the ANAO and in the broader world.
We also offer generous studies assistance to all non-grad staff, and support for maintaining membership with professional bodies and associations.
Check out our graduate program frequently asked questions page — the answer to your questions might be there. If not, please reach out to us using the ‘Get in touch’ information below.
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Meet our graduates
Hear more about our program from some of last year’s graduates.
Working here can give you a very frank understanding of the issues in public administration—but also an opportunity to help fix these.
By identifying problems through an audit report, they are highlighted and brought to Parliament’s attention, which can then drive the agency to improve.
I’ve been lucky enough to see the findings from my own audit work highlighted in Parliament, and to follow the progress the government agency has made in addressing them. I’ve watched parliamentary hearings where the agency was grilled about whether they addressed the issues we raised, and I can now see the improvements that agency put in place in direct response to my work. It’s very satisfying to see the difference your work can make.
Being a graduate at the ANAO has given me lots of opportunities to learn useful skills. I’ve developed technical skills like working with new software and professional writing.
“I’ve also developed a bunch of really valuable general skills like problem solving, collaborating with people of different levels and working with stakeholders—all of which are transferrable between roles and helpful wherever I choose to go in my career.”
One thing I’ve found really cool working here is that senior staff are supportive of your career and skill development goals. I was interested in project management so my supervisor got me involved in several of the ANAO’s projects and showed me different project management courses I could do to gain project manager certification.
Before coming to the ANAO I studied a Bachelor of Arts, which involved a really broad range of subjects, and I had very little experience in a corporate environment. Once I had finished my degree and started looking at career options I found it quite difficult to see how anything I learnt at uni would be valuable in the workplace.
Since starting here I have found myself applying many of the skills I developed throughout my degree in the context of a performance audit.
In my first year as an auditor I have conducted research and analysis, applied critical thinking and communicated my findings—which I never really thought I would do as part my job.
There is also a lot of variety in the audits we do—which is great for someone like me, who enjoys moving between different topics.
As part of my work in financial audit, I’ve been given responsibility for directly liaising with clients and stakeholders, which has immensely boosted my confidence.
I’ve been trusted by my team to attend forums on behalf of the ANAO, and to gather evidence and develop work papers that form part of our audit file.
I have been given real responsibility in my rotations too. While in our Major Projects Report team I did research and gathered data on new Defence projects to feature in next year’s report. I also worked in the corporate finance area and brushed up on my skills in finance operations!
I was welcomed into the ANAO and my diverse grad cohort, with people from all parts of Australia. It was great starting out with friends who were going through the same experience as me.
ANAO boasts a vibrant culture and social life. Throughout my grad year I’ve met colleagues through ANAO Social Club events—the highlight being the annual trivia night run by the grads!
I’ve also enjoyed opportunities to attend events (hello, catering!) with grads from other government agencies, and to learn what they do in their roles in a more informal way.