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 what other grads don’t at the ANAO

As an ANAO graduate, you’ll receive high-quality technical training in your field as you do meaningful work that contributes to public sector accountability — setting yourself up for a challenging and varied career. 

You’ll also: 

  • get a bird’s eye view of how government works, researching and reviewing a wide range of government programs, expenditure and departments — an experience you can’t get anywhere else
  • have an impact on Australian Government agencies, keeping them accountable for their use of public resources and promoting meaningful change
  • work in an agency that reports directly to Parliament, and see your work published and tabled in Parliament. 
  • learn from the best, with exposure and access to senior leadership at the ANAO (including the Auditor-General), as well as at the agencies we audit.

Why choose the ANAO?

Why choose the ANAO?

The role the ANAO plays in keeping Australian Government agencies accountable to the Parliament and public makes us truly unique in the fields of government, accounting and audit.

The ANAO graduate program offers: 

  • generous conditions, including a starting salary of $70,621 plus 15.4% super
  • engaging, interesting work that supports accountability and integrity in government
  • flexible working arrangements and a positive culture of work-life balance
  • promotion to a higher classification at the completion of the program
  • extensive learning and development opportunities to support your career goals

Who you are

Our work is highly varied, with an emphasis on analysis, research and writing skills, rather than a particular academic background — which means whatever your degree, we have a place for you.

If you’re a curious and highly motivated team player, then you’ll flourish at the ANAO. Other traits that we look for in our grads include:

  • a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn
  • strong communication skills
  • creative and critical thinking
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • well-developed conceptual and analytical abilities
  • a strong sense of purpose and the drive to achieve.

What you’ll do 

Our work is highly varied — but no matter what team you work in, you’ll do real work that matters. Whatever your academic background, we have a place for your unique skills and experience.

Work in our data analytics team… 

… conducting assurance and data analytics activities to ensure that ANAO remains responsive to technology and data changes in the Australian Public Sector. 

There are two streams of work for data analytic professionals at the ANAO:

  • Audit Analytics team where you will have the opportunity to apply your data analytic skills in the audit context. You will apply your problem-solving skills to analyse complex and varied data across a wide range of topics.
  • Data Engineering and Automation team, where you will apply your expertise in programming, database systems or cloud technology to develop and maintain software solutions supporting audit work of the office.

Work in our financial statements group…

… auditing the spending and administration of government agencies to keep the expenditure of public funds accountable to the Parliament.

Do meaningful and rewarding work as you gain broad audit and accounting experience, engaging with our unique and diverse client base of 250+ government agencies.

Work with our performance statements auditors… 

… examining the accuracy and efficacy of the way that agencies report on their own performance.

Be on the forefront of audit innovation as you drive improvements in the quality of public performance reporting.

Work in our IT audit team… 

… examining and evaluating the function of the systems, platforms and networks used by Australian Government agencies. 

Ply your skills to assess the IT environments of some of the Australian Government’s biggest departments, checking whether they’re keeping information secure and achieving intended goals and objectives. 

Work in our performance audit group… 

… applying your generalist skills to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of a huge range of government programs.

Each new audit is like a new research project, which comes with the opportunity to build an in-depth understanding of the specific audit topic.

Work as an audit technical specialist… 

… giving specialist technical advice to our auditors and reviewing their work for quality and compliance — as well as managing the methodologies and tools that guide our best practice auditing standards.

Work with our enabling corporate teams… 

… in areas like legal, human resources, communication, finance or IT. 

Lead change across our organisation and transform the way the office works as you put your tertiary studies into practice in our busy and diverse corporate environment. Keep payroll running, the lights on and everyone moving in the same strategic direction. 

More about us

More about us

We’re a specialist public sector agency that supports the Auditor-General for Australia to conduct financial, performance and performance statements audits of Australian Government agencies.

Driven by our strong culture of integrity and independence, we work to hold all Australian Government entities to account for their use of taxpayers’ money. We’re proud of our commitment to supporting accountability and transparency in the Australian Government sector and the work we do in supporting the Australian Parliament.

Kickstart your public service career

In auditing different government agencies, you’ll get a strong sense of what different departments do, how they work, and the importance of the ANAO’s role in the sector. 

That makes the ANAO a fantastic place to start your public service career. You’ll evaluate against best practice, and, in doing so, internalise how to implement best practice — knowledge that you can take with you to any future public service role. 

Culture

The ANAO is a diverse and welcoming organisation with a positive culture of work-life balance. Our people are our most valuable asset — which means that flexible working arrangements, work-life balance and wellbeing initiatives are key focus areas for us. 

The ANAO offers a range of health- and wellbeing-oriented programs and activities to support our staff, including: 

  • heart health checks
  • flu vaccinations
  • subsidised eye testing
  • 24/7 EAP support
  • workstation assessment and reasonable adjustment agreements, and 
  • a year-round program of webinars and on-site training. 

Our Diversity Contact Officer network is available to provide confidential support and advice on workplace issues, and our RAP Working Group leads the ANAO in supporting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.

The ANAO is committed to providing a supportive environment that enables all of our staff — graduates included — in feeling healthy, safe and valued at work. Skip the grad burnout and join an organisation that will support you to achieve your best at work and thrive in other parts of your life. 

A learning organisation

The ANAO places a strong emphasis on continuous learning and professional development.

Our graduate program will teach you how to collaborate, communicate and influence — core skills that you’ll tap into time and time again over your career. You’ll develop these skills, along with your technical knowhow, through:

  • an extensive program of face-to-face workshops and masterclasses
  • self-directed online learning
  • on-the-job training from peers
  • structured rotations into different parts of the office.

Rotations at the ANAO

You’ll spend most of your graduate year working in a dedicated ‘home team’, giving you the chance to develop in-depth technical skills in your chosen field while developing productive working relationships. 

However, you can spend up to 8 weeks working in a different service group, diversifying your skillset and helping you understand how different parts of the office work together to achieve the ANAO’s purpose. 

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.

Beyond the graduate program

We know that your career goals extend beyond finishing the grad program — which is why we offer generous studies assistance to all non-graduate staff, including assistance with CA and CPA accreditation and support for maintaining membership with professional bodies and associations.

We also support secondments and temporary transfer opportunities across the APS and the broader sector, so you can further gain experience and develop expertise.

Want to apply?

Want to apply?

Applications for our 2025 graduate program open on 4 March 2024, and close on 29 April 2024.

All you need to apply is:

  • a current CV
  • your academic record
  • a short expression of interest
  • the details of two referees.

If you’ve heard enough and want to get started on your application, head to our recruitment portal on 4 March 2024: www.anao.gov.au/careers/vacancies.

Our recruitment process

After an initial assessment period, shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a range of assessment activities. For those who progress to the final stage, we’ll fly you to Canberra for a meet and greet, and do your last assessment in person.

Diagram showing the graduate program application process

Eligibility for the program

If you’ve completed any undergraduate-level degree in the last seven years, in any area, then you’re welcome to apply.

To be eligible for our graduate program, you must also be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • willing to undertake a security clearance process
  • 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

The ANAO is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where all our employees are valued.

This commitment extends to our recruitment practice — we will provide reasonable adjustments to our application and assessment process based on need.

Please ensure that you contact our People Services 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.

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Stay in touch

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