As a graduate with the Queensland Audit Office, you'll be helping to improve public services for Queenslanders.

We provide independent assurance on how state and local government public sector entities are performing, as well as recommendations on how they can improve and opportunities for best practice. You'll work across all areas of our audit and assurance business, gaining a deep understanding of government service delivery. Our mandate and our independence give us access to the information we need across the entire public sector. You will find no better experience and variety to develop your career.

You will use your analytical and accounting skills to deliver audit and assurance engagements; investigations into fraud, waste, or mismanagement; and provide advice to parliament. Your people skills will see you build rapport, share information, and solve problems with our wide range of clients and stakeholders, such as state public sector staff, local governments, parliamentarians, professional service companies, contractors, audit industry, and more.

We value our graduate program. Our graduates receive hands-on experience and comprehensive training. We are proud to give our graduate accountants the opportunity to become professional auditors. A QAO graduate position is the first step toward a challenging and rewarding career. 

For the latest news and information regarding the graduate program, follow our QAO graduate opportunities page on LinkedIn.

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Graduate Auditor position description


Key dates for 2021

Date Event
15 February 2021 Applications open
1 March 2021 University of Queensland QAO Employer Presentation—12.00pm–1.00pm. Contact the Employability Centre for further information
4 March 2021 University of Queensland QAO Employer in Residence—Virtual one-on-one sessions. Contact the Employability Centre for further information
5 March 2021 Grad Connection National Virtual Careers Fair
16 March 2021 University of Southern Queensland Virtual Coffee—10.30am–11.00am. Contact USQ Careers
17 March 2021 University of Queensland STEM Networking event
17 March 2021 James Cook University Virtual Careers Fair 
28 March 2021 Applications close
1 April 2021 Invitation to video interview and psychometric testing
20 April 2021 Assessment Centres
4 May 2021 Interviews
21 May 2021 Offers out
28 June 2021 Start date

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The best part about being at QAO is definitely the culture and the people! The thing I enjoy most is coming to a workplace where the people are positive and you can have a chat with anyone at any time.

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.

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.

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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. All of the work you do will help QAO build our vision of better public services in Queensland.

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 $60,605 (from 1 February 2020), higher than the industry average
  • 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
  • generous leave entitlements.

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.

You will become an expert in some of the most challenging elements of financial audit, such as asset valuations, and will learn the ins and outs of the various auditing and accounting standards.

The topics in our performance audit program are interesting and varied—ranging from educating for the digital future, to combatting the use of illicit drugs, mining approvals, preventing childhood obesity, and many more.

On a day-to-day basis, you'll liaise with clients; plan, execute, and finalise financial audits; and help draft reports to clients and parliament. You will also conduct data collation and analysis, and have opportunities to work on other types of audit engagements.

There are some busy periods throughout the year, particularly at financial year end when we are certifying financial statements. The team-based nature of the work 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

We have two intakes for our graduate program each year: February and October.

When you start, we will give you 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.

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, within a short walk of many of our clients.

You will be assigned to clients located around Queensland where travel at times is required, sometimes at short notice. Intrastate travel may vary depending on the sector you work in. As a general rule of thumb, you may be required to travel for up to 10 weeks throughout the year; although this would likely be for no more than two weeks at a time.


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 mathematics, statistics, information systems and data science.
  • Be committed to undertaking a program that grants membership of a professional body, for example CPA Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia-New Zealand (CA ANZ), or Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

You must have completed a minimum of undergraduate level study within the last two years, or will complete a minimum of undergraduate level study prior to the program starting.

Applications open in 9 March 2020 and close on 31 August 2020.

You can apply online. When applications open, we will add a link to the Career opportunities page of our website. We also accept applications through the Queensland Government Graduate portal.

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You will need a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and your academic transcript.

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. 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.

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
  • automated video interview
  • skills assessment
  • interview
  • 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. Generally, you will hear back from us within a week of each recruitment stage. We target selecting our graduates within two 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.
  • Tell us about 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 two–four pages maximum.

If you are invited to attend an interview and live interstate, we will cover the cost of your return flight.

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 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 QAO.

Consider what questions you have of us to ensure that a career with QAO aligns to your career goals.

Additionally, dress professionally and arrive on time.

There are two ways you can reach us to stay up-to-date on all our news, updates, and general goings-on—follow our LinkedIn page or drop us an email.

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