The Audit Office of New South Wales is a statutory authority, established under the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983, that conducts audits across the entire NSW public sector for the Auditor-General. These audits help parliament hold government accountable for its use of public resources.
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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.
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 NSW public sector. These audits help parliament hold government accountable for its use of public resources.
Our people specialise in both 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.
Our insights inform and challenge government to improve outcomes for citizens.
To help parliament hold government accountable for its use of public resources.
- Pride in purpose
- Curious and open-minded
- Valuing people
- Contagious integrity
- Courage (even when it's uncomfortable)
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. And your work 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 you are free of discrimination and harassment in the workplace as we celebrate our diversity.
Our graduate program is open to final year accounting students and accounting degree holders who gained their qualification after December 2018. 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.
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 in order to 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.
Our graduate program builds strong career foundations and develops accounting professionals who make a difference in the community.
At the Audit Office, 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.
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 will challenge and reward you.
Ultimately, you will grow into a connected and experienced accounting professional who helps bring about positive outcomes for the people of New South Wales.
We’re seeking graduates with accounting degrees recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia or IPA.
Yes, we care about academic results but equally important is an inquiring mind, an adaptive mindset, leadership qualities and motivation.
In this role you’ll need integrity, maturity, resilience, tenacity, well developed oral and written communication skills, ability to work successfully in a team environment and a keen interest in auditing and the public sector.
Below is a list of skills and attributes we look for when choosing graduates to join our team.
Job experiences and challenges
- Experience working in a team
- Role in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, sporting teams and university or community groups
- Mentored / coached / tutored someone
- Internship or overseas gap year
- Recognition for achievement (university or community)
- Military or emergency service reserve
Functional and organisational knowledge
- Degree with accounting major
- Awareness of auditing and accounting standards
- Awareness of global accounting issues
- Knowledge of how government works
- Understanding of organisational operations
- Written and verbal communication
- Client awareness
- Effective listening
- Assess and solve problems
- Innovative thinking
- Results orientated
- Proactive learner (including applying what is learnt)
- Highly motivated / proactive
- Effective interpersonal skills
- Team player
- Time management
- Courage / confidence
- Ethics and values
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, and becoming 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 and, discount gym membership, 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 where 50 per cent of people are from overseas, and our workforce is made up of a variety of diverse backgrounds. We celebrate this 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 focussed on how we engage with staff to build the audit office of the future.
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’s 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.
‘The Audit Office is a fantastic place to work. The unique clients, friendly people, and supportive environment reaffirmed my decision to move to Sydney.'
Walter Watkin-Fairless – Auditor, Graduate Program 2015
‘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 corporation, 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
‘Flex Leave is definitely a selling point as it rewards staff for working extra during the busy months.’
Siddharth Shanker - 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 hot desking 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 event 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
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.
At the Audit Office, we value who you are!
Diversity is something we live and breathe every day, whether it be through cultural celebrations that recognise our backgrounds and beliefs, or our work towards accessibility for all in the workplace.
We encourage equal participation and are actively working to eliminate discrimination.
Our Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Roadmap, which includes short, medium and long- term targets, encourages us to celebrate diversity and promotes our ‘Working Better, Working Together’ strategic initiative to improve communication and collaboration across the Audit Office.
We’re a diverse bunch at the Audit Office, with our employees coming from 38 countries and speaking 26 languages.
We value each and every one of the different cultures that make up our workplace and work on a daily basis to support everyone’s needs.
We have a dedicated section on our intranet for cultural initiatives, and all staff, regardless of their background, are invited to celebrate festivals such as Eid-ul- Adh, Naw Ruz and Diwali. We also celebrate Harmony Day and offer all staff access to a diversity room where staff can pray/meditate in private.
As a part of our team, you will have the opportunity to suggest how we can continue to promote and build our cultural diversity.
At the Audit Office, we want our employees to feel comfortable and safe to be their true selves. We’re a strong supporter of the LGBTIQ community and as part of this in 2017, we held a Mardi Gras happy hour which all employees were invited to attend.
This is an area of on-going development and we are currently looking at other initiatives and opportunities for those in the LGBBTIQ community will be able to celebrate alongside colleagues. We are also working to ensure those within the LGBTIQ community are encouraged to voice any suggestions they may have.
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 Women in Leadership Development groups help identify 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 also have Champions of Change groups that discuss ways in which male colleagues advocate for, and advance gender equality within the Audit Office. We celebrate International Women’s Day every year.
Our policies to support flexible work hours and parental leave apply equally to all genders, and enable all our people to better balance carer responsibilities with workload.
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is key to us achieving diversity. We have acknowledged the barriers of employment for Australia’s First Nations peoples and are now determined to promote inclusion and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
In collaboration with Reconciliation Australia, we have begun developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP will help the Audit Office by enabling the successful inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Audit Office has also partnered with Career Trackers to implement an indigenous based internship that is tailored to university students. 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 our interns join us long term at the end of their university degree.
We’re proud to support local Aboriginal catering businesses by using their services for our events and training days.
We believe that education also plays an important role in creating an inclusive environment. It’s why every staff member attends cultural awareness workshops to expand understanding of Australia’s First Nations peoples.
It’s important to us that 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.
At the Audit Office, 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.