I joined the ANAO as a graduate in 2016 after studying an Honours degree in psychology. I was originally attracted to the ANAO by the office’s unique role in the public service in providing independent, objective, evidence-based assessments of the performance of Government programs. The research and analysis skills I learned during my degree have been highly relevant to my work here.
I am part of the Major Projects Report team in the Performance Audit Services Group. This report provides assurance annually over the status of the Department of Defence’s major military equipment purchases, such as warships and fighter jets. I am involved in all aspects of the report, from visiting Defence project offices and interviewing staff during the fieldwork stage, to ensuring all statements in the report are supported by evidence, as well as report drafting, editing, and publication. Between the number of projects included in the report, and the various review stages, I am usually working on something different every week.
Having contributed to multiple Major Projects Reports, I am now involved in training new team members. This provides me with opportunities to develop my leadership and mentoring abilities as well as deepening my own understanding of our process.
One of the best aspects of working at the ANAO is its people and workplace culture. This is a diverse and welcoming workplace where people genuinely look out for each other and you always have someone to support you. I made friends among my graduate cohort quickly and easily, and have enjoyed a great dynamic within my audit team.