About the Australian National Audit Office

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) seeks to improve public sector performance and accountability through independent reporting on Australian Government administration to the Parliament, the Government, audited entities and the community.

As well as financial audits, we also conduct performance audits and assurance reviews, highlighting areas where improvements can be made to benefit all Australians. Our work has real, immediate impacts on government programs, policies, projects, systems and reporting.

Our Graduate Program

With the ANAO Graduate Program, we’ll teach you how to give independent analysis and advice on the management of Australian Government agencies.

Working on audits across many federal government agencies and entities, covering a range of topics, you’ll develop a real understanding of what goes on behind policy decisions and be part of work that has an impact on government administration.

You’ll receive support to develop your skills and reach your potential. We’ll provide you with study and training opportunities, including a formal qualification appropriate to the Australian Public Service.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work in different areas across the ANAO, giving you the full picture of our organisation.

Who we’re looking for

Although we have graduates from a diverse range of disciplines, 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
  • have business acumen
  • are a self-starter
  • have well-developed conceptual and analytical abilities
  • are an achiever with a strong sense of purpose.

So if you have, or are about to complete, a degree in almost any discipline—like Arts, Management, Law, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Commerce, Economics, Communication, Accounting, Finance, or Information Technology—we’d like to hear from you.



I’ve been able to examine issues that other public servants don’t and I’ve developed a real understanding of what goes on behind policy decisions.
A rewarding part of my job is seeing my analysis in print and knowing that my work has contributed to the public discourse.

— Hannah, Performance Analyst

Being passionate about research and analysis means being a Performance Analyst is a great fit for me. I determine the questions I want answered, conduct research and then present my findings. I’ve even written an entire chapter of an audit report in which I designed the research questions and analysis behind it.

— Iain, Performance Analyst

I get to look at the bigger picture of government spending, providing the public with information that affects government decision making.
I’m often working offsite so there’s a lot of variety in what I do. I get many different experiences which push my boundaries and are great for my development.

— Jodie, Assurance Auditor

Our grads do real work from the get go. As a grad, I was given more responsibility than I expected with a major project to complete within a few months. I was given the help and support I needed to do it, and the opportunity to excel from day one.

— Kelvin, IT Auditor

Benefits of working at the Australian National Audit Office

    • Access to study assistance
    • Do work with a real impact
    • Excellent career progression opportunities
    • Flexible Working Hours
    • Generous leave entitlements
    • Learning and development opportunities
    • Permanent employment on program completion
    • Relocation assistance if moving interstate
    • Starting salary from $59771
    • Variety of work and roles
    • Work/life balance


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