KPMG Graduate Programs & Internships

We’re a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services across a wide range of industries, government and not for profit sectors. We came into being in 1987, when a variety of accounting firms in London, Amsterdam and New York, came together in one of the 1980’s largest ‘mega-mergers’. We provide a full range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of mid-sized, fast growing and family-owned businesses.

At KPMG Australia, w…

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Application Process

Here’s an overview of what you can expect going through our application process.

  1. Online Application 

    You’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer a few basic questions and preferences.

  2. Online Assessments 

    Next you’ll be invited to complete two assessments. The first, a learning ability and problem-solving assessment. The second, a workplace behaviour assessment. Both should take between 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  

  3. Assessment Centre

    The final stage of our process. During this assessment day, you’ll take part in a group activity and interview aligned to the career pathway you’ve applied for. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet people from the business and ask lots of questions! 

  4. Offer

    After the assessment centre, we will contact you to let you know the outcome. If you’re successful…

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Jobs and Opportunities

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Internships

Adelaide
and 13 others

Available locations

  • Adelaide
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  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Parramatta
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Townsville
  • Wollongong

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Accounting
and 3 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commerce
  • Economics

Get a head start on your Audit & Assurance career while you learn new skills and discover what at day-in-the-life of a KPMG Associate is really like!

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Internships

Adelaide
and 13 others

Available locations

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Geelong
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Parramatta
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Townsville
  • Wollongong
Computer Science
and 4 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Engineering Software
  • Information Technology

In this online program, you’ll work on tasks like data quality assessments, data insights and data visualisations that mirror what our Grads do at KPMG. You’ll learn what it’s like working at one of the world’s best data analytics team, and the build skills needed to excel as an analytics consultant

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Internships

Adelaide
and 12 others

Available locations

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
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  • Geelong
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Townsville
  • Wollongong
Accounting
and 10 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commerce
  • Compliance
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Insurance
  • Intelligence
  • Investment Banking
  • Law
  • Management

Join the KPMG Tax virtual experience program and discover what it’s really like to work as part of the tax advisory team at KPMG by solving real-life tax and commercial challenges.

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Graduate Jobs

Adelaide
and 13 others

Available locations

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Geelong
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Paramatta
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Townsville
  • Wollongong
Accounting
and 15 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Consulting
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Statistics

Want to join a community of passionate, curious, innovative people, and help make a positive difference? Then we’d love to connect with you! Register your interest to be the first to hear when our 2024 Graduate Program applications open.

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Internships

Adelaide
and 13 others

Available locations

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Geelong
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Newcastle
  • Paramatta
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Townsville
  • Wollongong
Accounting
and 15 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commerce
  • Computer Science
  • Consulting
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Statistics

Want to join a community of passionate, curious, innovative people, and help make a positive difference? Then we’d love to connect with you! Register your interest to be the first to hear when our 2024 Vacation Program applications open.

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Internships

Adelaide
and 7 others

Available locations

  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
Accounting
and 10 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commerce
  • Compliance
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Insurance
  • Intelligence
  • Investment Banking
  • Law
  • Management

KPMG Tax Virtual Experience program is now live!

About Us

We’re a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services across a wide range of industries, government and not for profit sectors. We came into being in 1987, when a variety of accounting firms in London, Amsterdam and New York, came together in one of the 1980’s largest ‘mega-mergers’. We provide a full range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of mid-sized, fast growing and family-owned businesses.

At KPMG Australia, we help our clients not just grow, but grow meaningfully – consciously, collaboratively, transparently, and empathetically. It’s our deep belief that how you grow matters. Nationally, over 9000 people are dedicated to this belief across our network, while providing audit, assurance and risk consulting, deals, tax and legal, management consulting and innovation and digital solutions to entities and organisations that span the nation’s industrial, governmental, and not-for-profit landscapes. Our commitment is to support our client's growth in a way that not only enhances our nation’s economic prosperity but builds trust while benefiting society, people, and the environment. Because how you grow matters. 

Student and graduate opportunities

Whether you’re ready to start your first permanent role or are still studying and want to gain experience through a vacation program, you can start achieving your career goals with us

Come as you are. We're interested in your unique experiences and perspectives. We hire people from all backgrounds into a variety of business areas to help our clients work smarter and grow faster. No matter which path you choose, you’ll be empowered to build an exciting, impactful career. Are you ready to make your mark

 
 
 

Application Process

Here’s an overview of what you can expect going through our application process.

  1. Online Application 

    You’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer a few basic questions and preferences.

  2. Online Assessments 

    Next you’ll be invited to complete two assessments. The first, a learning ability and problem-solving assessment. The second, a workplace behaviour assessment. Both should take between 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  

  3. Assessment Centre

    The final stage of our process. During this assessment day, you’ll take part in a group activity and interview aligned to the career pathway you’ve applied for. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet people from the business and ask lots of questions! 

  4. Offer

    After the assessment centre, we will contact you to let you know the outcome. If you’re successful, we’ll send you a written offer of employment. 

Graduate Program

Our Graduate Program is a permanent development program for final year students and recent graduates. 

The work you can do with us is diverse, so we look for people from a broad range of degree disciplines, skills, abilities, and backgrounds to represent the communities we work with. You can choose a range of career pathways to suit your skills and interests - from Audit and Assurance, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and Law. No matter which area you choose, you’ll join a multi-disciplinary team and work with our diverse clients to help them solve complex issues that will stretch your thinking and challenge you every day.

Joining as a grad, typically you’ll start in February and kick off with a graduate specific induction to welcome you and get you up to speed quickly. Our program is underpinned by continuous learning which starts from day one with the tools you need to build your business acumen and start doing work that matters. You’ll also have the dedicated support of a Performance Development Manager (PDM) and Buddy throughout your career with us.   

We have graduate roles available nationally in both metro and regional areas. From Melbourne to Darwin, Sydney to Townsville, Perth to Wollongong and beyond. 

About you

Our selection criteria’s not just about your academic record or qualification. We want to know about you. We're interested the innovate ideas that you can bring and your unique take on the world!  

We look for people who align to our values, who are resilient, progressive thinkers who can bring a fresh perspective and communicate their ideas with passion. So, if you love to learn, have a curious mindset, and want to make a difference, we’d love to connect! 

If you’re keen to apply, here’s what you can expect from our recruitment process: 

  1. Online application — you’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer a few basic questions and preferences.
  2. Online assessments — next you’ll be invited to complete two assessments. The first, a learning ability and problem-solving assessment. The second, a workplace behaviour assessment. Both should take between 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  
  3. Assessment centre — the final stage of our process. During this assessment day, you’ll take part in a group activity and interview aligned to the career pathway you’ve applied for. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet people from the business and ask lots of questions! 
  4. Offer — after the assessment centre, we will contact you to let you know the outcome. If you’re successful, we’ll send you a written offer of employment

Vacation Program

Open to both undergraduates and postgraduates in the penultimate year of their degree, our Vacation Program is a 4–8-week full-time work experience program where you will gain insights into day-to-day-life here - helping you to decide if you’d like to grow your career with us. At the end of the program, you may receive an offer to join us as part of our Graduate Program. 

You can choose a range of career pathways to suit your skills and interests that best align to your skills and experience - from Audit and Assurance, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and Law. Through our Vacation Learning Pathway, you’ll learn about the work we do and understand how you too can make a difference with our clients, colleagues, and communities. You’ll take part in learning through face-to-face workshops and online platforms, and you’ll be mentored by a Performance Development Manager (PDM) and Buddy who will support you throughout the program. 

As well as gaining real-world experience before you graduate, you’ll have the chance to build strong relationships across the Firm and connect with your peers through different activities during your time with us.

We have vacationer roles available nationally in both metro and regional areas. From Melbourne to Darwin, Sydney to Townsville, Perth to Wollongong and beyond.

About you

Our selection criteria’s not just about your academic record or qualification. We want to know about you. We're interested the innovate ideas that you can bring and your unique take on the world!  

We look for people who align to our values, who are resilient, progressive thinkers who can bring a fresh perspective and communicate their ideas with passion. So, if you love to learn, have a curious mindset, and want to make a difference, we’d love to connect! 

If you’re keen to apply, here’s what you can expect from our recruitment process: 

  1. Online application — you’ll be asked to upload your CV and answer a few basic questions and preferences.
  2. Online assessments —next you’ll be invited to complete two assessments. The first, a learning ability and problem-solving assessment. The second, a workplace behaviour assessment. Both should take between 10 – 15 minutes to complete.  
  3. Assessment centre — the final stage of our process. During this assessment day, you’ll take part in a group activity and interview aligned to the career pathway you’ve applied for. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet people from the business and ask lots of questions! 
  4. Offer — after the assessment centre, we will contact you to let you know the outcome. If you’re successful, we’ll send you a written offer of employment
 
 
 

Foundations Program

What is the KPMG Foundations Program? 

Foundations Program is a one-day experiential event where you can explore our different business areas and discover how your skills and interests can start something BIG! 

Through interactive workshops, skills sessions, and networking you’ll learn from industry experts about what life is like at KPMG and be empowered to make the right career choices. You will also have the chance to connect with our current grads and recruitment team, so you build the skills needed navigate our recruitment process confidently. And you could be fast-tracked for our vacation program! 

About you

Our selection criteria’s not just about your academic record or qualification. We want to know about you. We're interested the innovate ideas that you can bring and your unique take on the world!  

To be eligible for the Foundations Program, you must be:

  • In your pre-penultimate year of studies, completing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident

How to apply 

Applications are current closed. Check back soon for updates! 

Life & Culture

At KPMG we recognise our future depends on how we nurture great people and provide an environment where everyone can flourish personally and professionally.

Values

At the core of our culture are a set of values that bring out the best in our people. 

Integrity

We do what is right.

Excellence 

We never stop learning and improving.

Courage 

We think and act boldly.

Together 

We respect each other and draw strength from our differences.

For Better 

We do what matters.

Perks & Benefits

At KPMG, we’ll help you thrive through a range of benefits designed to help you move forward in life as well as your career. 

Workplace flexibility 

Accredited as a family friendly workplace thanks to our equal opportunity policies. You’ll benefit from a work anywhere approach for work/life balance and flexibility.

Competitive salaries

Opportunity to accelerate your career growth. Have transparency around future career path, with a strong recognition and reward cult

Eclipse Learning Academy

In our pursuit to develop our workplace learning culture and support the career progression of world class talent, we’re investing $20 million in the KPMG Eclipse Academy - shifting the way we collaborate, innovate, and learn to unleash incredible opportunities for our people, clients and communities.

Mental health program

Grounded in a culture of trust, we’re proud of our equitable and inclusive workplace that prioritises the mental health and well-being of everyone at KPMG.

Gender pay gap

We’re committed to removing gender pay gaps and investing in programs to develop female talent and leadership. We currently have under a one percent gap in gender pay equity on a like-for-like comparison. 

Parental leave

We offer 26 weeks of flexible paid parental leave regardless of gender, with no tenure-based requirements.

Perks and discounts

Enjoy savings on home and professional services, entertainment, cars, white goods, travel, dining, accommodation and more. 

Career Pathways in Tech

At KPMG, we build the disruptors of tomorrow, today. By staying on top of megatrends such Blockchain, Internet of Things, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, we provide our clients with unparalleled services across the technology sector. The best part about launching your career in one of our Technology areas is that we will support you to ensure you meet your goals both professionally and personally. We will help you achieve this by providing you with great learning and development opportunities and the right mentorship throughout your journey with us.

Teams you could join:

  • Digital Delta - help clients to re-imagine and re-invent their organisations to become world class digital enterprises using advanced technologies, data and human insights.
  • Technology Advisory - help organisations align their technology capabilities with their strategic and operational objectives.
  • Technology Implementation - work closely with organisations to enhance the potential of their technology through the analysis, assessment and implementation of proven technology solutions.
  • Technology Migration & Integration - help organisations transform businesses with a technology solution from Microsoft and KPMG.
  • Technology Risk & Assurance - help businesses better comprehend and manage technology, cyber and information risks.
  • Cyber Security - help clients find the right approach to cyber security to enable their organisation to embrace change, seek out new markets, and invest in transformational opportunities.
  • Risk Strategy & Technology - help clients with the design and transformation of their governance and enterprise risk management frameworks by utilising the best technology solutions.
  • Data Analytics - help organisations take the mystery out of big data and demonstrate how to leverage data resources to produce better business outcomes in our service lines: Data for AARC and Lighthouse – DTL.
  • DTL Technology & Growth - help organisations to build, deliver and incubate market-leading products, tech-enabled solutions and new services and capabilities, to help clients and the firm transform their businesses across Deals, Tax & Legal.

Burning Questions with KPMG Grads

We reached out to the current group of Graduates in the KPMG Grad Programme from their varying degree disciplines and within different rotations, to ask them some burning questions, as requested by students.  Thank you to the KPMG Grads for their time and effort.  Let’s see what they have to say!

Alice

Alice
University of Technology Sydney
Bachelor of Communications (Advertising) & Bachelor of International Studies (China)

Can you let us know what company you are working for and which area of the business you work in or which rotation you are currently in? 

KPMG - People & Change Consultant (Management Consulting)

What was the first 6 months like?  What have you really enjoyed? 

My consulting journey has led me to so many different opportunities and challenges. My first six months went by so quickly! Learning to adapt to a new environment, with new people and processes was tough but I never felt alone. I was able to reach out and rely on my coworkers and seniors to help me get my footing and it's allowed me to become the confident consultant I am today! Don't be afraid to ask questions, and remember that everyone goes through the same thing at the beginning!

Was your position with the KPMG Grad Programme as you expected it to be? Did anything take you by surprise?

I was surprised to see how much I've grown in the role. At surface level, you're required to hit certain performance requirements but it goes so much deeper than that!
I've learnt so many things and new skills I thought I'd never need for the role, but it's absolutely made me more versatile and ready for new challenges.

Everyone is keen on maintaining work/life balance, with that in mind what is the longest day you have put it and have you worked weekends at all?

I've had to monitor certain events or parliamentary sittings outside of work hours but it's never made me lose sleep and I feel very lucky for that!
There have been circumstances where I've had to work over the weekend, but that was due to weekend business trips to cover specific events (and I got to see a new place so that's a bonus for me).

On a day to day basis, what do you work on?

I'm currently consulting for the Department of Defence. My routine is quite cemented now, as we provide regular reporting and governance assistance. However, there are days when it gets a little hectic and times when we need to meet sudden deadlines, but it's always balanced out and never too bad.

Have you worked on any projects at KPMG?

Consulting for Defence, I've had the chance to work across bilateral initiatives and broader areas.

What systems do you use for your role in the graduate programme?

Defence Network

What sort of support are you provided at KPMG?

I have a great team here and always being looked out for! My engagement leader checks in with me and guides me when I'm lost. I can always rely on them to hear me out and always feel like someone is looking out for my best interests.

What skills do you think you need to succeed in your role and do they differ from what you envisioned?

I think you need to have a great attitude towards work and tackling big challenges. Everyone feels lost but you need to rely on yourself first and foremost to sort things out and show that you're a valuable team member. Working in a team, everyone punches their weight and it makes the process so much better when we're all winning and doing great!
Don't be afraid to fail either! It's all about how you get back up and tackle the problem. You've got this!

What are the best perks or benefits at KPMG?

There's a great rewards program that gives you small perks for so many things including retail, insurance and even car deals.


Alice

Karan Rehill
Deakin University
Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)/Bachelor of Laws

Can you let us know what company you are working for and which area of the business you work in or which rotation you are currently in? 

KPMG Australia - Forensic Consulting

What was the first 6 months like?  What have you really enjoyed? 

My first 6 months at KPMG has been full of exciting opportunities and gaining experience across the different service lines that we have in Forensics. What I have enjoyed the most is the variety of work that we are exposed to as graduates and the fact that no two days are the same! I have really enjoyed the culture at KPMG and the people that I have met along the way, everyone is really friendly and approachable and I have enjoyed meeting and collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds.

Was your position with the KPMG Grad Programme as you expected it to be? Did anything take you by surprise?

Luckily I have only had pleasant surprises! I did the Vacation Program prior to starting as a graduate so that was a great a way to get a feel for the type of work we do in the team as well as the culture at KPMG. However, I have been surprised with how many opportunities there have been to get involved in, even at a graduate level. Whether that is through business development initiatives, working groups or other team initiatives, it's been really great to get such a wide range of exposure so early on in my career.

Everyone is keen on maintaining work/life balance, with that in mind what is the longest day you have put it and have you worked weekends at all?

I haven't had to work many late nights and Saturdays at all! There may be times when you might have to due to client deadlines but that is not often and overall I really enjoy the work-life balance at KPMG and the flexibility to work around any commitments that I have.

On a day to day basis, what do you work on?

My work varies day to day depending on the project that I am on and no two days in Forensics are the same! We have a range of service lines focusing on resolving disputes, restoring trust, managing reputation and fixing mistakes. The work involved in these service lines can vary and involves applying forensic accounting, investigation, intelligence, technology and industry skills to prevent and resolve commercial disputes, fraud, misconduct and breaches of regulations. Some of the common tasks that I am involved with on a day to day basis are attending team and client meetings, conducting research, reviewing client documents, searching for online intelligence, tracing bank payments and drafting proposals and reports.

Have you worked on any projects at KPMG?

I have worked primarily in the financial crime area which I have really enjoyed as I have a legal background and I enjoy working on regulatory and financial crime related issues. I have been involved in conducting Fraud Risk Reviews, and AML/CTF (Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorism Financing) reviews, remediation and conducting Financial Crime and Compliance and Conduct Risk Assessments to provide to AUSTRAC.

What systems do you use for your role in the graduate programme?

We use a range of systems including but not limited to Relativity, Power BI, Analysts Notebook, Docusign, Insol and of course Teams!

What sort of support are you provided at KPMG?

We receive a range of ongoing support from KPMG, including  flexible working options and we have an Employee Assistance Program for all employees. During lockdown (one of the many we have had in VIC!), I felt particularly supported by the firm. We were given one "Reset Day" each and KPMG provided us with "Tech Detox" every week which was essentially time to get away from the screen and log off early. I personally used this time to get outdoors and go for a walk which really helped me during lockdown.

What skills do you think you need to succeed in your role and do they differ from what you envisioned?

I think the most important skills to possess to succeed in the role of a Forensic Consultant would be people and communication skills since we are in a client facing role. Having the ability to be adaptable to change your approach/working style depending on the project that you are working on is also a valuable skill to have since the engagements we are involved with can vary significantly and can require flexibility when approaching a variety of issues. These skills would be excellent to posses.

What are the best perks or benefits at KPMG?

We receive a range of perks from KPMG, including wellbeing benefits and lifestyle benefits. I have recently signed up to the KPMG Social Club which I am really enjoying! The Social Club put together events throughout the year including Christmas functions, annual balls and movie nights. We have our annual trivia night coming up soon which is always an exciting one!


Jye

Jye
Macquarie University
Bachelor of Commerce (HR)

Can you let us know what company you are working for and which area of the business you work in or which rotation you are currently in?

KPMG, Management Consulting - People and Change

What was the first 6 months like?  What have you really enjoyed? 

I have loved it! I have enjoyed pretty much everything; but the learning experiences I have had, the incredible team and the amazing clients have been real highlights. Everyday is so different, the development opportunities are abundant and the problems we help solve for our clients are important and complex, so the challenge is always there.

Was your position with the KPMG Grad Programme as you expected it to be? Did anything take you by surprise?

Yes, it is what I expected, however in consulting every day and every client has unique challenges that you and your team do not always know instantly how to approach. I think what surprised me was just how much everyone in my team wanted to know what I thought and my perspective and approach to client problems. As a grad you really do have the opportunity to make a real difference to our clients and the community from day one.

Everyone is keen on maintaining work/life balance, with that in mind what is the longest day you have put it and have you worked weekends at all?

I have never had to work weekends! And a far as length of day is concerned, it goes up and down- there are days which are long depending on the nature of the engagement but it is always balanced with a lighter work load in the days or weeks that follow those busier periods.

On a day to day basis, what do you work on?

Day to day my work varies considerably. Yesterday I presented to my clients executive committee, including the CEO and CFO where I discussed a piece of strategy work I was completing. I also regularly meet with senior executives from clients to better understand their business and the challenges they are facing, this is usually with a manager or partner who help guide the discussions. I also help prepare and execute client workshops where we deep dive into problems and solutions, from organisational design and operating model to industrial relations and transformation strategy. I spend allot of my day on Power BI and Power Point, KPMG and our clients like to guide decision making with data so Power BI and Excel are also critical to my job. On the side of client work, I also help with business development, where I collaborate to prepare proposals (solutions) for prospective clients. In addiotn to client work and business development, I am the NSW Co-Lead for [email protected] where I help discuss LGBTQ+ inclusion policy and assist in organizing events and social activities across the firm.

Have you worked on any projects at KPMG?

I have worked on a number of exciting projects. I have helped a client develop their group industrial relations strategy, I have worked on a headline acquisition for a private equity client and most recently I have been engaged in driving a really complex operating model and technology transformation agenda for an ASX listed global industrial manufacturer.

What systems do you use for your role in the graduate programme?

I use the full Microsoft 365 environment mostly- everything from Power BI and Teams to the office suite. I also use confluence from time to time. Importantly, we adapt to the technology our clients prefer to use- so always an opportunity to try something new.

What sort of support are you provided at KPMG?

Incredible support, from partners through to my peers, KPMG provide a number of mechanisms to facilitate my growth and learning. I have a professional development manager (PDM)  who is incredible- she is an Associate Director and once every two weeks we catch up for an hour and discuss my goals and plan ways to achieve them. Of course, she is also always there to support me in any questions or problems I might have on the day to day as well.

What skills do you think you need to succeed in your role and do they differ from what you envisioned?

I think being very adaptable and comfortable working in ambiguity is probably the biggest one. We often don't know the solution to client problems straight away and comfort in navigating ambiguity is really important. A good degree of EQ is also required, it doesn't matter how great the solution you are thinking is, there is allot of influencing and communication in management consulting, so being able to adapt your work style is important. Problem solving is also important, but collaborative problem solving is the real key skill- working with others, both in your team and with clients, effectively to overcome challenges is the biggest value add. In my role in particular, I also find design thinking to be a real value add to my team and our clients- it drives an innovative agenda in strategy and solution design.

What are the best perks or benefits at KPMG?

The perks at KPMG are great- even with COVID the firm has made a conscious effort to engage us the best they can. In lieu of some of the graduate events and in-office events, we have received a thank-you bonus and a wellbeing bonus this year. In a post COVID world, travel will hopefully be back on the agenda as well.


Aarthi

Aarthi
University of Melbourne
Commerce - Accounting/Finance

Can you let us know what company you are working for and which area of the business you work in or which rotation you are currently in? 

KPMG - Financial Risk Management

What was the first 6 months like?  What have you really enjoyed? 

The first 6 months were a big learning curve and you don't realise how much you've actually learned until you stop to think about it. I've enjoyed working with all the members of my team and getting exposure to the various different types of jobs my team is involved in.

Was your position with the KPMG Grad Programme as you expected it to be? Did anything take you by surprise?

Given I had done the vacationer program before starting, I had a pretty good idea of what the position would be. It was a bit of a surprise how independently we got to work and how much trust was placed in us even as grads to complete the tasks at hand.

Everyone is keen on maintaining work/life balance, with that in mind what is the longest day you have put it and have you worked weekends at all?

The longest I've had to work was probably only till 6.45ish and never on Saturdays!

On a day to day basis, what do you work on?

Day to day work depends on the type of job I'm on. The work my team does is largely split into credit or market risk. If it's a credit risk job, a days work might consist of model validation work like running code and validating output, interpreting regulatory standards and checking how well banks/financial institutions have complied with them and more. On market risk jobs, we do a lot of derivative valuations so we'll have to pull market data from Bloomberg/IRESS etc., run valuation models and write up memos detailing our findings. Of course there's also internal meetings and client meetings that happen regularly too.

Have you worked on any projects at KPMG?

I've worked on a fair few projects with major banks - usually model validation work to do with regulatory risk requirements. I've done a lot of derivative valuation work and modelling. I've also had the chance to be involved in jobs within the energy space, grain trading and other more niche fields.

What systems do you use for your role in the graduate programme?

In terms of software systems we use Microsoft Teams and Outlook. In my role, we use coding software such as R, SAS, VBA and more.

What sort of support are you provided at KPMG?

The firm as a whole has been very generous in times of COVID, giving us 5 extra days of personal leave and a Reset day to take off. My team also recently held a Wellness Day, where we partook in a bunch of activities members of the team ran. Generally, my team is exceedingly supportive and understanding and are always willing to listen/help if you are struggling with anything - work related or not.

What skills do you think you need to succeed in your role and do they differ from what you envisioned?

Definitely coding skills (at least a basic knowledge - even things like excel) help a lot in my role. Qualitative skills like interpretation and analytical/logical thinking are also key skills to have, given that not all the work we do is quant based. Soft skills are equally as important - things like communication and presentation skills are highly regarded, especially given my role as a Consultant.

What are the best perks or benefits at KPMG?

We get a weekly email reminder about the benefits we are offered in terms of discounts/offers with ample retailers. There's also the perk of being a part of a large organisation with the resources to get involved with and offer opportunity to participate in charitable work.

Diversity & Inclusion

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Cultural Diversity

KPMG Australia has team members from around the world, with a rich environment of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity and languages. This brings together a wealth of skills, experiences and perspectives that makes KPMG a great place to work, and provides a diversity of innovations and resources for our clients.

We’re strengthening our focus on cultural diversity at leadership levels, creating career development opportunities, the importance of role models from different backgrounds and building our cultural IQ across the firm. We hold forum events across the country to create opportunities for everyone to share stories about their cultural identity, as well as offering facilities for our people to engage in prayer and quiet contemplation during the working day and cultural/religious leave.

Gender Equality

We’re an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality certified by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). A leadership development and sponsorship program is changing the gender balance in senior levels at KPMG. The KPMG Bird-Walton program is designed to empower high potential women with the confidence to take action when career opportunities arise and increase their organisational impact, which includes how senior male leaders use their own power and reputational capital to effectively advocate for women.

Achieving Gender Equity at KPMG

Flexibility

Getting the right balance between personal and professional life can be tough but we’re committed to the wellbeing benefits that flexible work offers. We know that being fit, healthy and happy improves work performance and morale, so we encourage everyone to discuss with their leader how their work can best work for their lives.

Working flexibly at KPMG

Agile Working Environment

People with Disability

We promote access, inclusion and awareness and aim to focus on people’s abilities and how we can help them succeed through workplace adjustments, flexibility, agile working or a longer term health management plan. We’re committed to creating an environment that values the skills that people with a range of disabilities can bring to both our work and workplace culture.

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LGBTIQ+

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Our commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion is underpinned by KPMG’s Global LGBTQ+ Inclusion statement, signalling our collective commitment to drive progress. It includes meaningful and sustainable actions that create a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace.

Here are some of the ways we do that:

  • [email protected] - our employee network for LGBTQ+ employees and allies. It has been going strong for over 10 years. Providing opportunities for LGBTQ+ people and allies to connect and learn through regular events like IDAHOBIT and Wear it Purple as well as fundraising activities for community organisations such as Black Rainbow and QLife. 
  • Through the Pride for Women Network - [email protected] is committed to raising the visibility of LGBTQ+ women.
  • Our Trans and Gender Diverse Network - is committed to creating better workplace support for trans and gender diverse people.
  • Leading with Pride - KPMG’s LGBTQ+ talent development program available to managers and above who identify as LGBTQ+. The 6-month program focuses on providing authentic leadership skills to help create the LGBTQ+ KPMG leaders of tomorrow.
  • Our Gender Affirmation policy - provides leave and benefits for trans employees who are affirming their gender as well as information for leaders and colleagues about how to support someone who is affirming their gender. 
  • ACON’s Pride in Diversity program – we are a founding member and have participated in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for many years, a benchmarking tool for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. In 2022, KPMG was awarded Gold Employer tier in the AWEI, and [email protected] won Network of the Year. 

Disability

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We’re committed to extending opportunities to people with a disability to thrive and be embraced in a barrier-free workplace. This is integral to our commitment towards building inclusive work practices. Here are some of the ways we do that:

  • Our Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) – is the foundation of our commitment. Our employees’ lived experiences and reflections helped shape the direction and goals shown in our three-year plan. We outline how we will achieve disability inclusion and awareness across our team members, partners, clients, and stakeholders.
  • [email protected] - an active team of engaged and passionate advocates who work to increase the visibility of disability and inclusive leadership, across the firm. Our partner sponsor and leaders are committed to advocating and creating positive change.
  • Progressing our efforts to be an employer champion for people with disabilities – by enabling accessibility through workplace adjustments and technology updates.
  • Neurodiverse recruitment - we partner with recruitment agencies specialising in neuro diversity to find, recruit, embed and support employees who are neuro diverse, ensuring we have the right systems, processed and support mechanisms. 

Gender Equality

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We know the key to parity is to improve the number of women in leadership roles, so we’re investing in programs that develop female talent and leadership capability. 

  • Our Targeted talent programs – involve senior team members sponsoring future female leaders. This has run for more than five years and successfully developed hundreds of women leaders. 
  • A Future Leaders program – was recently introduced to support the progress of up-and-coming females.
    ‘In her Hands” – our first junior women’s network that creates space for women to share experiences and challenges within the corporate environment. In her Hands allows women to find their voice, their tribe and their confidence in the value they bring to the firm. 
  • Women in partnership target – we aim to have 40 percent women in partnership by 2025. In meeting this target, we strive for a 40:40:20 gender balance in partnership – 40% men, 40% women and 20% all genders (which can include men, women and non-binary people).

We’re also committed to removing gender pay gaps. Currently, our performance is: 

  • Like-for-like comparison - negligible (less than one percent).
  • Employee gender pay gap - 11.4 percent for fixed remuneration (base salary + super) effective 30 June 2022 (down 2.3 percent from previous year).  
  • Partner gender pay gap - 12.46 percent (female average salary divided by male average salary). A 4 percent improvement from 2021.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders

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We have a long and proud history working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities. And, in 2021, our third ‘Elevate’ Reconciliation Action Plan launched.

By building a culturally safe and informed workplace, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues can grow their careers with us through opportunities like: 

  • The Emerging Indigenous Executive Leader's Program
  • Indigenous Tertiary Scholarships – inspiring and supporting future Indigenous talent through selected universities. 
  • The CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students can receive paid internship opportunities with us.
  • The KPMG Indigenous Network (KIN) - provides a safe space where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues meet regularly to connect, share and celebrate. The KIN also provides input into policies and strategic documents that will impact Indigenous Peoples and Communities.
  • Indigenous Cultural and Ceremonial leave – an extra paid day of leave for Indigenous employees to participate in a significant culture, ceremonial or community events.
  • Arrilla Digital Cultural Awareness training - mandatory for all Australian empl¬¬oyees, to help improve their cultural and historical awareness.

In July 2021, Djiribul woman and KPMG Partner Shelley Reys AO became the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to our Board. 

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