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The Audit Office conducts audits for the Auditor-General. We are a statutory authority, established under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983. Our insights inform and challenge government to improve outcomes for citizens.

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Past Audit Office of New South Wales Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Audit Office of New South Wales, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Audit Office of New South Wales hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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Past Audit Office of New South Wales Graduate Programs

Check out some of Audit Office of New South Wales's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


Audit Office of New South Wales

Closed 9 days ago

As a graduate with us, you’ll play an important role in holding government accountable. We specialise in financial and performance audits across the entire NSW public service including NSW Treasury, City of Sydney Council, Taronga Park Zoo, Transport for NSW, the University of Sydney

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Sydney

VACANCIES

16

POSITION START DATE

Feb 2022 (approx)

Audit Office of New South Wales

Closed 23 days ago

As a graduate with us, you’ll play an important role in holding government accountable. We specialise in financial and performance audits across the entire NSW public service including NSW Treasury, City of Sydney Council, Taronga Park Zoo, Transport for NSW, the University of Sydney

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Sydney

VACANCIES

16

POSITION START DATE

Feb 2022 (approx)

Audit Office of New South Wales

Closed a month ago

As a graduate with us, you’ll play an important role in holding government accountable. We specialise in financial and performance audits across the entire NSW public service including NSW Treasury, City of Sydney Council, Taronga Park Zoo, Transport for NSW, the University of Sydney

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Sydney

VACANCIES

16

POSITION START DATE

Feb 2022 (approx)

Audit Office of New South Wales

Closed 2 months ago

We are pleased to announce we will be attending the GradConnection Virtual Career Fair on 5th March , an entirely online interactive careers fair accessible to all students and recent grads.

JOB TYPE

Event

LOCATION

Canberra and 6 other locations

About Us

Audit Office of New South Wales


The Audit Office of New South Wales is a statutory authority, established under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, that conducts audits for the Auditor-General.

We audit the entire New South Wales public sector. These audits help Parliament hold government accountable for its use of public resources.

Our people specialise in financial and performance audits, and we’re proud of how our work promotes the effective use of public resources and the continuous improvement of government services.

Apart from our financial and performance audits across both local and state governments, we also examine allegations of serious and substantial waste of public money under the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994.

Audit Office of New South Wales

Our vision

Our insights inform and challenge government to improve outcomes for citizens.

Our purpose

To help Parliament hold government accountable for its use of public resources.

Our values

  • Pride in purpose
  • Curious and open-minded
  • Valuing people
  • Contagious integrity
  • Courage (even when it's uncomfortable)

A message from the Auditor-General

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A message from the Auditor-General

Our graduate program builds strong career foundations and develops audit professionals focused on improving public sector performance and accountability, that will make a difference in the community.

At the Audit Office of New South Wales, we play an important role in holding government accountable. Our people specialise in financial and performance audits, and we are proud of how our work promotes the effective use of public resources and the continuous improvement of government services.

As part of our graduate program, you will be mentored by experts and supported to pursue qualifications and membership with Australia’s professional accounting bodies.

Our graduates are uniquely exposed to a broad array of government organisations, varying from very small to very large public sector entities, departments, corporations, companies and local councils. Why limit yourself to one agency or organisation when you can work with many?

People are our key asset and we invest in and support them. We have developed a reputation for producing talented and high-performing audit professionals, and for providing a balanced workplace that fosters collaboration and lifelong learning.

A career at the Audit Office of New South Wales will challenge and reward you. Ultimately, you will grow into a connected and experienced audit professional who helps bring about positive outcomes for the people of New South Wales.
If this sounds like you, please get in contact with us. We look forward to welcoming you.

Margaret Crawford
Auditor-General for New South Wales

Why Join Us?

Audit Office of New South Wales


The Audit Office is a rewarding, challenging and impactful place to work, and our graduate program has a reputation for launching excellent careers.

There's never a dull moment

Why limit yourself to one organisation when you can work with many? Few roles expose you to such interesting and diverse clients. With a mandate to audit the entire NSW Government, including Local Government, our graduates gain exposure to pretty much every type of industry!

We equip you with the best tools

We support a highly mobile workforce with the latest, high-performance notebook computers and business, communication and audit software tools.

You'll learn a modern international standard audit methodology and will be able to apply sophisticated data analysis audit tools and approaches.

Coming to work will be fun

We work hard, but we make sure that all our people have plenty of opportunities to play hard as well. Celebrating diversity is something we take very seriously, and the warm and supportive office is on show regularly with many social and special events. 

We value the fresh and different ideas our graduates bring

Innovation and creativity are highly valued and nurtured at the Audit Office. We encourage contributions from staff at all levels. If you have a particularly fabulous idea you may even find yourself nominated for an award as part of our recognition program – the ‘Audies’. The program, run by staff for staff, recognises excellence in both individuals and teams, and awards are presented twice a year by the Auditor-General.

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Who we're looking for

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Although undoubtedly important, it's not just about academic results

Equally important is an inquiring mind, an adaptive mindset, leadership qualities and motivation. You’ll need integrity, maturity, resilience and tenacity together with well-developed oral and written communication skills, the ability to work successfully in a team environment and a keen interest in auditing and the public sector. We’re seeking graduates with accounting degrees recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia or IPA.

Below is a list of skills and attributes we look for when choosing graduates to join our team.

Job experiences and challenges that we are looking for:

  • worked in a team
  • been involved in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, sporting teams and university or community groups
  • been mentored or coached, or tutored someone
  • completed an internship or overseas gap year
  • been recognised for achievement (for example, at university or in your community)
  • been a military or emergency services reserve.

Functional and organisational knowledge:

  • worked in a team
  • been involved in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, sporting teams and university or community groups
  • been mentored or coached, or tutored someone
  • completed an internship or overseas gap year
  • been recognised for achievement (for example, at university or in your community)
  • been a military or emergency services reserve.

Capabilities:

  • written and verbal communication
  • client awareness
  • listening skills
  • teamwork
  • ability to assess and solve problems
  • innovative thinking
  • results orientation
  • learning style (including being proactive and applying what is learnt).

Personal attributes:

  • motivation 
  • effective interpersonal skills
  • being a team player
  • time management
  • resilience
  • courage and confidence
  • initiative
  • ability to connect and network 
  • aligned ethics and values.

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Graduate Program

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Our graduate program will provide you with a strong career foundation. It will develop you into an audit professional who is focused on improving public sector performance and accountability that will make a real difference in the community.

Graduates who join our program have a passion for making a positive difference for the people of NSW and want to jumpstart their professional career in a dynamic, purposeful and supportive organisation.

The program offers comprehensive training, excellent progression and promotional opportunities, a competitive remuneration package, full support to gain your professional qualification, flexible work practices, attractive working conditions and the latest in computer technology.

After a thorough induction program, you’ll join your allocated neighbourhood team, and most importantly, start putting the theory you learnt at university into practice with your clients.

We want you to be yourself at work and have a range of initiatives dedicated to ensuring we celebrate our diversity and that all our workplace is free from discrimination and harassment.

Our graduate program is open to final year accounting students and accounting degree holders who have gained or will gain their qualification after December 2020. Applicants must be permanent residents of Australia or citizens of Australia or New Zealand.

To submit your application please visit our website and complete the online application.

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What to Expect

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So, you’ve made it through our rigorous selection process. What's next?

Once you receive an offer

Between receiving an offer and your first day at work, we’ll help you feel part of the team by introducing you to your 'Friendly Face'.

Our Friendly Faces joined the office as graduates recently, and they'll help you transition smoothly into your role and will answer any questions you may have. You’ll be able to find out exactly how a new graduate copes with the demands of professional life.

You’ll also be invited to our all staff event in November so you can get a good feel for what's happening at the Audit Office before you start work at the end of January.

First few weeks on the job

You’ll begin life at the Audit Office with a formal two-week induction program that includes technical training, professional skills development, an introduction to the work culture, insights and interactions with the Auditor-General, the Deputy Auditor-General and the leadership team.

After your induction you’ll join a Neighbourhood (a large talent pool of auditors) and commence your practical, on-the-job training in our financial audit branch. This means you’ll be out in the field and working with your very own auditees - forget about being stuck in a little office cubicle to learn the ropes!

We equip and support you to conduct your audits with confidence. We do this by exposing you to our auditees from the outset, and by guiding you through a structured, formal training program that includes both technical and soft skills training.

Plus, your Friendly Face will be on hand to help with anything you need.

Setting you up for success

When you join our graduate team, you're given tailored support from our Learning and Development team. This includes half-yearly methodology training and a range of external courses to ensure you excel in your role.

We offer CPA/CA study support (including leave for study and exam days), and access to a range of online training courses.

Additionally, you will have the ongoing support of your team and colleagues across all levels of the organisation. And you can be assigned a mentor if you choose.

Throughout the year, we work with you to set clear goals and ensure you are continuously building on your knowledge and skills, including annual performance agreements and professional growth discussions.

Visit our website to learn more about our career development options and all of the other great things on offer at the Audit Office.

More than just life at the desk

There are so many opportunities to enjoy the social side of work.

Each year our recreation club (the ReClub) hosts a fun 'Launchies' event to welcome all our graduates, and help everyone connect and settle in. Last year this included a mini Olympics and picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and in previous years it's involved a scavenger hunt through the city, bowling and much more.

Later in the year ReClub hosts our Annual Dinner where our graduate cohort gets to have some fun and get creative!

Other social events include regular Happy Hour, sports competitions, trivia nights, Melbourne Cup celebrations and lots more.

But best of all, our grads tell us that they love coming to work. They learn so much at the Audit Office, make lifelong friends and develop a valuable professional network.

Working on audits that generate insights to improve outcomes for the people of New South Wales gives our graduates a purposeful career and our supportive workplace makes everyday a rewarding one.

 

Grads at work

Employee Profiles

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‘The way the Audit Office prizes diversity and pride in purpose really resonated with me – you don’t just come to work to clock in, we are all working towards a shared goal. The promise of diversity which drew me in initially is actually lived out within the organisation. Many events are held which really encourage staff to share themselves in a non-work context, like the talent show, for example.'
Tiago Goncalves Serra, Auditor, Graduate program 2020

‘Last year was not easy because of the pandemic. We had to work remotely so we needed a lot of support – which the Audit Office provided. Our team had regular virtual catch-ups. We were checked up on by Directors, who encouraged us to ask questions. The Office also offered us financial support to set up our working from home station. I really appreciated that support.’
May Mei, Auditor, Graduate program 2020

‘It’s important that you love where you work – everyone is so friendly and welcoming at the Office that you’re excited to go to work! Being open-minded, being yourself and having purpose in the work that you do are traits that are really valued here. They truly practice what they preach at the Audit Office.’
Joanne Ters, Auditor, Graduate program 2020

‘Something that I've come to appreciate since starting is that everyone is so friendly, and the Audit Office really invests in us as employees! The culture and work atmosphere is super encouraging, but the focus on cultural diversity, study leave and support etc was something that I did not fully appreciate until I started. Every company talks about it but it really feels like an engrained and systemic strength.’
Scott Lindsay - Auditor, Graduate Program 2019

‘Unlike giant corporations, working at the Audit Office where everybody knows everybody else makes you feel like home. Despite the challenging nature of work, having the support you need makes the journey enjoyable every day.’
Tricia Tran - Auditor, Graduate Program 2019

‘The fact that senior staff and management understand the fact that you're a fresh graduate who will need time to become proficient in the audit methodology. Although there is pressure and an expectation to succeed, the staff are supportive and provide all the tools necessary for you to reach that stage of confidence.’
Kevin Coleman - Auditor, Graduate Program 2019

‘I feel comfortable and supported at work, everyone is very welcoming and helpful.’
Edward Hum – Auditor, Graduate program 2019

‘I love the patience and helpfulness that I have experienced from senior staff, who aren’t just focused on getting work done, but also on ensuring that I grow. Our office setup allows us to meet people outside our immediate teams which brings the organisation together. We are also a very social bunch and partake in a lot of activities and events which are lots of fun!’
Fiona Shen – Auditor, Graduate program 2019

‘The experience and exposure across different industries and sectors, city and rural, was invaluable. The Audit Office sets you up for your future, no matter what direction it may take. I also need to mention the innovative design of the office! I love the natural light and greenery, it makes such a difference.’
Michael Lee-Azad – Auditor, Graduate program 2019

‘Everything clicked when I came here - the theory that I had learnt at university made sense once put into practice. The knowledge that you can make an impact in this field is very cool. I haven’t experienced such passion before in any other job!’
Moontaha Sattar – Auditor, Graduate program 2019

A Day in the Life

Audit Office of New South Wales


So, you’ve made it through our rigorous selection process. What's next?

Once you receive an offer

Between receiving an offer and your first day at work, we’ll help you feel part of the team by introducing you to your 'Friendly Face'.

Our Friendly Faces joined the office as graduates recently. They'll help you transition smoothly into your role and will answer any questions you may have. You’ll be able to find out exactly how a new graduate copes with the demands of professional life.

You’ll also be invited to our all staff event in November so you can get a good feel for what's happening at the Audit Office before you start work at the end of January.

First few weeks on the job

You’ll begin life at the Audit Office with a formal two-week induction program that includes technical training, professional skills development, an introduction to the work culture, insights and interactions with the Auditor-General, the Deputy Auditor-General and the leadership team.

After your induction you’ll join a Neighbourhood (a large talent pool of auditors) and commence your practical, on-the-job training in our financial audit branch. This means you’ll be out in the field and working with your very own auditees - forget about being stuck in a little office cubicle to learn the ropes!

We equip and support you to conduct your audits with confidence. We do this by exposing you to our auditees from the outset, and by guiding you through a structured, formal training program that includes both technical and soft skills training.

Plus, your Friendly Face will be on hand to help with anything you need.

Setting you up for success

When you join our graduate team, you're given tailored support from our Learning and Development team. This includes half-yearly methodology training and a range of external courses to ensure you excel in your role.

We offer CPA/CA study support (including leave for study and exam days), and access to a range of online training courses.

Additionally, you will have the ongoing support of your team and colleagues across all levels of the organisation. And you can be assigned a mentor if you choose.

Throughout the year, we work with you to set clear goals and ensure you are continuously building on your knowledge and skills, including annual performance agreements and professional growth discussions.

Visit our website to learn more about our career development options and all of the other great things on offer at the Audit Office.

More than just life at the desk

There are so many opportunities to enjoy the social side of work.

Each year our recreation club (the ReClub) hosts a fun 'Launchies' event to welcome all our graduates, and help everyone connect and settle in. In 2019, this included a mini Olympics and picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and in previous years it's involved a scavenger hunt through the city, bowling and much more.

Later in the year, ReClub hosts our Annual Dinner where our graduate cohort gets to have some fun and get creative!

Other social events include regular happy hours, sporting competitions, trivia nights and lots more.

But best of all, our grads tell us that they love coming to work. They learn so much at the Audit Office, make lifelong friends and develop a valuable professional network.

Working on audits that generate insights to improve outcomes for the people of New South Wales gives our graduates a purposeful career and our supportive workplace makes everyday a rewarding one.

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Interview with our 2020 graduates on life at the Audit Office: https://youtu.be/I1EY186S0zk

Perks & Benefits

Audit Office of New South Wales


1. A career with benefits

We offer a competitive remuneration package, excellent working conditions and plenty of career progression opportunities. Did you know that many of our audit leaders, several directors and even our Assistant Auditor-General started in our graduate program?

2. Variety of work

Why work for just one government agency when you can work with them all? We audit the entire New South Wales public sector and a career with us will see you work with many different people who operate the State’s most important assets and institutions. You’ll be challenged and developed through the broad diversity of issues and clients we work with.

3. Comprehensive training

We help our graduates build the necessary technical, management and leadership skills so you will have everything you need to take the next step in your career with us. We’ll invest in supporting you to become an auditor of the future, providing training in the latest international standard audit methodology and sophisticated data analytics audit tools.

4. Study support

We know that your education doesn’t end when you join us. It’s why we are pleased to fund professional qualifications like CAANZ, CPA Australia, IPA and other relevant postgraduate degrees and offer study leave to help you prepare for exams. We want to see you thrive at work with us to become the high-performance auditor you want to be.

5. Real work-life balance

We don’t just talk about work-life balance, we live it! Yes, there are busy periods each year but on average, you’ll work a 35-hour week. That means more time to study, spend time with friends and family and take part in hobbies and interests. On a case-by-case basis, we also offer a range of flexible working arrangements such as part-time work, a compressed working week, job sharing, career breaks, paid parental leave, study leave, family and community service leave, and leave without pay. When it comes to flexible work arrangements our motto is ‘if not, why not?’

6. The feel-good factor

When you work with us, you’re looked after from the moment you receive an offer to join us! This includes:

  • our Friendly Face program made up of staff who joined us through the graduate program. These people ensure you have support and answer any questions you have about being a graduate at the Audit Office.
  • recognising excellence in individuals and teams through an official recognition program that is run by staff with the support of senior leadership. Awards are given out twice a year.
  • fresh fruit, discount gym memberships, free flu shots and social sport competitions are just some of the ways we help to keep you feeling great.
  • having fun and relaxing with colleagues through our recreation club events which offers plenty of opportunities such as harbour cruises, end-of-year parties, Friday ‘happy hour’ drinks, scavenger hunts and lots more.
  • opportunities to make a difference in the community, such as participating in our OzHarvest food drive.

7. We support who you are

We are proud to have a workforce that consists of staff from over 42 countries and who speak some 27 languages. We celebrate this diversity regularly through events such as Eid, Diwali, Lunar New Year, International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, NAIDOC week and Mardi Gras. We require all staff to participate in training that focuses on improving cultural awareness, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and are continually working to bring more women into leadership roles, with half our leadership team currently women.

8. Chance to have your say and grow an organisation

We highly value innovation and creativity. It’s a core part of our culture and features in our corporate strategy. Innovation is nurtured and supported, and we encourage contributions from staff at all levels to shape the direction of the office. Our leaders are focused on how we engage with staff to build the audit office of the future.

9. Secondments

A career at the Audit Office can be more than being a financial auditor. Staff have opportunities to join another team internally on a temporary basis, whether that be in performance audit or working within our corporate services teams. There are also opportunities to grow outside the Audit Office through gaining experience at other audit offices both interstate and overseas, another government agency or even a private sector accounting firm.

10. Travel opportunities

Experience the diversity of New South Wales (and the comfort of hotel bed after a hard day’s work) as you visit clients across the state. But it’s not just state travel. Our staff have travelled to the Solomon Islands as part of our twinning arrangement with the country’s audit office as well as the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. We hope to resume international travel in the near future.

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Diversity & Inclusion

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Our people come from many different backgrounds and cultures and we respect the unique point of view each person brings to our business. Diversity makes us a more vibrant, interesting and ultimately stronger organisation and is fundamental to our values and culture.

About 40 per cent of our staff come from a non-English speaking background, and about 54 per cent are women. We are proud of the fact that we proactively support staff with disabilities and follow the principle of inclusion in everything we do.

We hire and promote our people on the basis of their professional ability, knowledge and expertise, and academic achievements. At the Audit Office, we understand that the world and the business environment we operate in is changing rapidly and we welcome and embrace this change. 

We welcome people to the Audit Office who share this attitude to change and the increased diversity such change brings.

LGBTIQ+

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We want our employees to feel comfortable and safe to be their true selves. We’re a strong supporter of the LGBTIQ community.

This is an area of ongoing development and we are currently looking at other initiatives and opportunities for those in the LGBTIQ+ community to celebrate alongside colleagues. We are also working to ensure those within the community are encouraged to voice any suggestions they may have.

Disability Support

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Disability Inclusion

There are no barriers to our people being able to excel in the work they do.

As part of this, we’re committed to meeting the needs of people with a disability and increasing accessibility to information, services and the workplace. Ways we are working towards this goal include ensuring we’re following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, as well as the creation of workspaces that are compliant with the Universal Design Principle for physical accessibility. We regularly seek specialist knowledge and advice from Job Access to improve the experience for those with a physical disability.

It's our goal that all staff with a disability feel included at all times. We are working with partner organisations to identify more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Gender Equality

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Equal Opportunity

We believe that no matter what your gender is, you deserve the same opportunities to excel in your chosen profession.
We are working to eliminate gender discrimination and remove barriers to equal participation.

Our continuously look for ways of promoting gender equity and improve working conditions for women. Additionally, we provide opportunities to participate in external events that promote women’s leadership.

We celebrate International Women’s Day every year.

Our policies to support flexible work apply equally to all genders and enable all our people to better balance carer responsibilities with workload.

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First Nations

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The Audit Office Reconciliation Roadmap

The Audit Office Reconciliation Roadmap sets out how we aim to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples through commitment, employment, community engagement, cultural competency, and procurement. 

The CareerTrackers program

The Audit Office is partnered with CareerTrackers, a nationwide non-profit which aims to support Indigenous students and promote inclusion within the workplace. This program allows our interns to grow and develop both professionally and personally during their time with us and one of our goals is that they join us long term at the end of their university degree.  Feedback from the program has indicated that we have created a safe place for Indigenous Interns to work here.

Aboriginal cultural competency training

We believe that education also plays an important role in creating an inclusive environment. It’s why every staff member undergoes cultural awareness training to expand understanding of Australia’s First Nations peoples.

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