Australian National Audit Office
  • Government & public services

The organisation

The ANAO's primary client is the Australian Parliament. Its purpose is to provide the Parliament with an independent assessment of selected areas of public administration, and assurance about public sector financial reporting, administration, and accountability. It does this primarily by conducting performance audits, financial statement audits, performance statement audits (on request), and assurance reviews. The ANAO also briefs Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Committees, on request, about audits and audit related services.

The ANAO’s final program of work is determined by the Auditor-General. Through this program of work, the ANAO aims to meet the needs and expectations of stakeholders including the Parliament, the Government, audited entities and the community and to add value to public sector performance, accountability and transparency. It aims to deliver an integrated program of high quality audit reports that...

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The organisation

The ANAO's primary client is the Australian Parliament. Its purpose is to provide the Parliament with an independent assessment of selected areas of public administration, and assurance about public sector financial reporting, administration, and accountability. It does this primarily by conducting performance audits, financial statement audits, performance statement audits (on request), and assurance reviews. The ANAO also briefs Parliamentarians and Parliamentary Committees, on request, about audits and audit related services.

The ANAO’s final program of work is determined by the Auditor-General. Through this program of work, the ANAO aims to meet the needs and expectations of stakeholders including the Parliament, the Government, audited entities and the community and to add value to public sector performance, accountability and transparency. It aims to deliver an integrated program of high quality audit reports that are timely, cost-effective and conducted in accordance with the auditing standards established by the Auditor-General—which incorporate the standards made by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board as applied by the auditing profession in Australia.

The ANAO is located in Canberra and employs approximately 330 staff. ANAO staff comes from a range of disciplines. Many ANAO staff have commerce, accounting, finance or economics qualifications, but many also come from other disciplines, including arts, public administration, management, law, social sciences and information technology.

Graduate opportunities

The ANAO Graduate Program is a one-year program where you’ll learn how analyse and report on the finances and performance of Federal Government agencies or how to support these functions. You’ll receive support to develop your skills and expertise in public administration by understanding what these agencies do well and how they can improve.

With the ANAO Graduate Program, you’ll see what other grads don’t. At the ANAO, every government entity is a client so you’ll develop a real understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in government. You’ll work across a range of federal government agencies and entities, getting the big picture of how government works.

We’ll help you reach your potential by providing you with a customised learning and development program that blends internal, external, online, technical and soft skills training. You’ll also have the opportunity to work in different areas of the ANAO, giving you the full picture of our organisation.

You’ll contribute to meaningful work with a real impact on government administration and get the opportunity to make your mark in a small, dedicated organisation.

Although we have graduates from a diverse range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, there are some qualities we look for in all our people. If you’re applying, it's important that you:

  • Have strong communication skills
  • Have the ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Are a self-starter
  • Have well-developed conceptual and analytical abilities
  • Are an achiever with a strong sense of purpose.


To be eligible for our graduate program, you must:

  • Have completed a qualification equivalent to a three-year Australian undergraduate degree in the last seven years, or complete the degree in 2018
  • Be a current Australian citizen
  • Be prepared to undertake a security clearance process
  • Be willing to relocate to Canberra (we can provide allowances to assist with relocating).


Applications for our 2019 Graduate Program are open between 8:00am Monday 5 February 2018 and 11:30pm Sunday 1 April 2018.

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