Where could our graduate program take you?
Joining the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) as a graduate is the first step toward an incredibly rewarding and versatile career. Unlock your potential while you help improve public services for all Queenslanders – from the local government services you use in your community, to your hospitals, energy providers, universities and more.
Why is auditing at QAO better than in the private sector? Because the foundation you build with us can take you anywhere you want to go. You’ll work on a range of portfolios, government sectors, and clients, as you deliver financial, assurance, and information systems services. Our entire team works across our business – from our graduates to our more experienced leaders. This knowledge makes you a well-rounded, sought-after professional.
Many of our past graduates have built successful and renowned careers in Australia and overseas. We’re proud to be a career platform for QAO auditors-general and assistant auditors-general, chief executive officers and chief financial officers in large public and private sector entities including Australian-listed companies and multinationals, board members, directors, business owners, partners, and more.
Your work will be interesting with rarely 2 days the same. Our clients range from large entities such as Queensland Treasury Corporation and Energy Queensland Limited, to smaller councils in Cape York and the Gulf of Carpentaria. On any day, you could be working on complex and technical audits of government owned corporations, or travelling throughout our beautiful state. This variety of experiences means you can see and share insights with your clients on how to improve their performance unlike in any other organisation. You’ll also enhance your relationship-management skills by building genuine and enduring connections with your clients.
At QAO, we embrace innovation. We continuously seek to improve how we do our work, and we use the latest advancements in analytics, audit software and technology. We recognise and reward those who challenge the status quo and share new ideas.
You’ll be part of a collaborative, inclusive and diverse team, working alongside friendly and supportive people. We’re all here to help each other achieve our goals, not compete. You’ll grow from hands-on experience and comprehensive training as you achieve your professional accreditation. You’ll have a dedicated mentor to help you settle in and work towards your goals. We also support flexible working arrangements.
Take on a role where you know that the work you do every day can improve the public services you, your family, friends, and the wider community rely on.
Where can a career at QAO take you?
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Key dates for 2023
|Monday 13 March 2023||Applications open|
|Friday 28 April 2023||Applications close|
|Monday 1 May 2023||GradSift eligibility process commences|
|Wednesday 10 May 2023||Psychometric testing commences|
|Friday 2 June 2023||Assessment Centre|
|Monday 26 June 2023||Interviews commence|
|Monday 17 July 2023||Offers made|
|Late 2023 or February 2024||Start date|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Being a part of QAO
On behalf of the Auditor-General, we provide insights to hundreds of state and local government clients on how to deliver better public services for Queenslanders. As the state’s independent auditor, we are vital to Queensland’s integrity system, giving parliament and the public trusted assurance. QAO's authorised auditors assist the Auditor-General in achieving the mandate set out in the Auditor-General Act 2009. You can find a wealth of information on what we do and who we are in our annual report.
Innovation, teamwork and relationships are at the heart of what we do. We use some of the most contemporary practices and tools in today’s professional services industry to:
- deliver high quality audit services
- give the public sector insights on their performance, risks and financial management
- report to parliament on the results of our work
- investigate financial waste and mismanagement
- share best practice across our client base and industry.
For more information about QAO's role visit: www.qao.qld.gov.au/about-us
Because the foundation you build with us can take you anywhere you want to go. Our graduate program not only allows you to put the knowledge you learned at university into practice, but also gives you hands-on experience in the challenging and unique world of public sector auditing and engagement. You will learn about how the state government and the public sector operates, while working on a range of portfolios, government sectors, and clients, as you deliver financial, assurance, and information systems services. All the while knowing the work you do will help to provide better public services for Queenslanders.
QAO staff are professionals. We invest in advanced audit capabilities, such as data analytics and information systems risk, and we use modern technology and work facilities. Our people are highly skilled and enthusiastic. You will be offered training, support, and learning opportunities every step of the way.
Other benefits include:
- a starting salary of $68,414 in 2023
- employer superannuation contribution of up to 12.75 per cent
- financial assistance, time, and support to complete a professional designation, such as CPA and CA ANZ
- access to further study assistance and professional development programs
- travel throughout Queensland with your colleagues when performing client visits
- flexible work arrangements to support work-life balance
- an active social club that organises events throughout the year.
Four core values underpin our culture: engage, respect, inspire and deliver. We deliver our services as a team, and empower our staff to be the best in their field.
QAO's workforce is critical to us achieving our vision of better public services. We continually strive to improve how we do business and create innovative solutions – namely how we deliver our services and how we engage with our clients. Your time at QAO will be stimulating and rewarding, and the tasks you work on will be diverse and thought-provoking.
We invest in our people to be the best in their field. We provide professional development paths in a uniquely positioned organisation that operates across the entire Queensland public sector for the public good.
No day is the same. You may find yourself working in our head office on Albert Street, Brisbane, at client work locations, or working from home. And you'll attend meetings in person and via Microsoft Teams and collaborate with your peers. The team-based nature of the work, how passionate everyone is, and the importance of the task at hand mean the work is rewarding and often exciting.
We are a friendly organisation with an active social calendar offering trivia nights, happy hours, lunches, participation in corporate sporting events, and an annual formal dinner. You can also join the Queensland Government Graduate Network for additional graduate events and to meet your counterparts across different government agencies.
The graduate program
The 2023 Graduate Program is scheduled to commence early next year. Please see our key dates above.
When you start, you'll receive a comprehensive induction on what QAO does and what your graduate program entails. And we will assign you with a mentor to support you along the way. We hold monthly graduate forums to answer your questions, discuss your current assignment, and provide you with additional specialised training.
QAO is a very friendly organisation that does not over-rely on a hierarchical structure or bureaucratic processes. You will find everyone is happy to help and keen to get to know you. We also use the most contemporary ICT hardware, tools and systems, and you'll be set up with a new laptop and phone to enable mobility and flexibility.
Professional development will be a key component of your first year. We will provide the technical training you need to do your job via online, individual, and classroom-based formats. On-the-job learning is key, and being part of a smaller team means your help on delivering our audits is greatly valued. We also provide non-technical training, such as inter-personal communication skills and how to write well.
As a QAO graduate, you will work across various areas of the business. This will give you broad exposure to our clients and services throughout Queensland, and help you explore and identify the areas that most interest you. You will learn and apply a broad range of audit and engagement skills every day.
Absolutely. We know what it takes to be successful, capable, and engaged.
At QAO we invest in the professional and personal development of our people to ensure they are the best they can be. Many of our financial auditors have achieved, or are working towards, post graduate qualifications such as CA ANZ, CPA, or IPA.
We will provide financial assistance and leave to support your professional qualification and help you meet your career aspirations.
Working as an auditor requires visiting our client sites during different steps in the audit process and working from our office, located in the Brisbane CBD, Queensland, which is within a short walk of many of our clients, close to public transport, great cafes and the botanic gardens.
You will be assigned to clients located around Queensland where travelling with your team at times is required. You will see beautiful parts of Queensland and meet some wonderful and diverse people throughout.
To apply for the graduate program you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Australian or New Zealand Permanent Resident.
- Be studying, or have studied, at an Australian university in an appropriate tertiary qualification (for example, Bachelor of Business in Accounting, or a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting). We would also like to hear from those who have studied in the fields of data science, information technology, information systems, mathematics/statistics, business or management.
- You must have completed a minimum of undergraduate level study within the last 2 years, or will complete a minimum of undergraduate level study prior to the program starting. If you are graduating in 2022, please note this in your application.
You can apply online. When applications are open, we include a link on the Career opportunities page of our website. We also accept applications through the Queensland Government Graduate portal.
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- You should provide a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and your academic transcript. A cover letter is optional (it is not a requirement).
- Clearly state your qualification and graduation date in your CV – your application may be unable to proceed if this is unclear.
Remember to list any casual or part-time roles you have had over the course of your studies in your CV, regardless of whether it is related to your area of study or the role you are applying for. We value diverse experiences. Also include any volunteer or community activity you participated in, and ensure your references are relevant to your most recent work experience or voluntary work.
As part of the final stages of the selection process, you must also provide 2 professional referees. You should start thinking about who you would like to ask to complete a referee report as the panel will want to hear from your recent supervisors/managers and your most recent employer.
Our graduate selection process begins with an online application. We’ll ask you to submit your Curriculum Vitae and academic transcript by the closing date. A one-page cover letter is optional.
Once we receive your application, we follow a recruitment process that’s designed to be thorough and fair to every candidate. The key stages are:
- initial application screening to assess eligibility
- cognitive and personality assessments
- assessment centre
- employment reference checks and background checking.
We receive a large number of applications for our graduate program each year, and we endeavour to update you promptly on your application’s progress. We target selecting our graduates within 2 months of the application close date.
- Include all your work experience in your application, not just the experience you think is relevant to the role.
- Make sure you include any community or voluntary work experience you have done.
- Don't just tell us what you have done – tell us what you have achieved in the roles you have had.
- Make sure your references are relevant to your most recent work experience or voluntary work.
- Remember to review your document and run a spell check before you submit your application.
- A good Curriculum Vitae is succinct and to the point. Target around 2–4 pages maximum.
- Clearly state your qualification and graduation date in your CV – your application may be unable to proceed if this is unclear.
We want graduates that have a genuine interest in achieving better public services and a true desire to work in an organisation that has a professional, client-services and team-oriented culture. Our strategic plan and annual reports on our website will give you good insight into who we are and what we do. Follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date on what QAO has been up to.
Consider what questions you have of us too so you can see how career with QAO aligns to your goals.
Additionally, dress professionally (even for online interviews) and arrive on time.
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