Frequently Asked Questions

What is it like to work at the Audit Office?

The Audit Office is a great place to work as it has a professional workforce striving to achieve the best outcome for the people of New South Wales with a friendly, supportive corporate culture. Our work offers a variety of experience and opportunities and we are always seeking to grow and improve.

Please visit Why the Audit Office? for more information on what it is like to work for us including our values and culture, work-life balance and rewards and benefits.

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Is the Audit Office a government department?

No. The Audit Office is an independent agency that reports directly to parliament on the financial performance of NSW Government departments. The Audit Office is a statutory authority with its own Award. The Auditor-General has the power to set salaries and conditions at a level appropriate for a professional services firm ensuring the Audit Office has a competitive salary offering against other accounting firms.

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What benefits does the Audit Office offer besides salary?

The Audit Office offers a full suite of highly attractive employment benefits. Please visit Rewards and Benefits for information on what our people are eligible for besides salary.

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What are your work hours like?

We work a 35 hour week on a flexible basis. We expect our people to do the hours required to get the job done but always try and maintain flexible work practices. This includes the provision of flex leave to compensate for additional hours worked during busy periods for positions up to Audit Leader level. Further information on flex leave can be found in Rewards and Benefits, and information on flexible work practices in Work-Life Balance.

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What qualifications do I need for an experienced role?

For financial audit positions you must have completed a degree with an accounting major recognised by at least one of the professional accounting bodies or recognised equivalent. To be eligible to move up to, or be recruited to, Senior Auditor position or above you will need to hold an appropriate Australian professional qualification or recognised equivalent.

Roles in our performance audit or corporate services branches will require a variety of qualifications depending on the role. Please refer to the selection criteria in the particular job advertisement for the role you are applying for.

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Do you hire non-accounting experienced professionals?

We only hire accounting professionals in financial audit roles. Non-accounting professionals may be eligible for performance audit or corporate services roles depending on the role.

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What do you look for in experienced professionals?

Please visit What We Look For? for information on characteristics we seek in experienced candidates.

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Can I apply for a role if I do not live in New South Wales?

Yes, provided you are prepared to relocate to Sydney. Our head office is located in the CBD however our client base is located at numerous locations across the State.

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Where is the work based? Does it matter if I don’t live close to the CBD?

Our head office is located in the Sydney CBD. Clients are located throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and some are in country areas of New South Wales. You will need to live, or relocate to, within daily commuting distance of the Sydney CBD to be eligible for work.

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Do you offer temporary positions?

Yes, we offer numerous financial audit contractor positions throughout the year. Please visit Contractors for further information.

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Do you provide visa sponsorship?

We currently do not support visa sponsorship.

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How do I apply for a position?

Visit How Do I Apply? for instructions and advice on how to apply for experienced professional positions at the Audit Office.

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When will I hear back from you after submitting an application?

We are normally able to get back to applicants within five business days, however at peak application times it may take us a little longer to respond. If you haven’t heard back from us within five business days, please feel free to contact us at

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What is the selection process?

We employ a range of techniques to ensure we select the right experienced professionals. For further information please visit How Do I Apply?

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What is the best way to prepare for an interview?

If you are chosen for an interview you should prepare carefully. Interview questions are based on the selection criteria. Read the criteria and think of likely questions. Practice your answers out loud or with a friend. Interviews are like public speaking - prepare and rehearse as much as you can.

Consider the challenges of the job and how your skills, knowledge and experience will help you meet them. Read your application and decide which points you want to emphasise. Take a look at our latest annual report to ensure you understand the work we do and the importance of our role in government.

At the interview, the selection committee may use a number of methods to assess your ability to do the job, including work samples or tests. We would always advise in advance if there was any preparation required or tests to be undertaken at the interview.

When answering interview questions remember:

  • it is okay to take your time - think before you answer
  • if the question is unclear, ask for it to be explained
  • you will usually need to restate or elaborate on details which are in your application
  • give examples from your experience with each answer
  • give complete answers - assume the interviewer knows nothing about you and do not omit details that may be in your resume
  • pay attention to your body language - maintain eye contact with the panel
  • our interview questions are behavioural based and are related to the skills and behaviours we consider crucial for success in the role.

At the end of the interview, ask any questions you have about the job or the Audit Office and add anything that may enhance your opportunity for getting the job.

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Meet our people

See some of our people talking about their careers at the Audit Office.

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Our latest annual report

201617_annual_report_coverFind out more about the work we do in our 2016/17 annual report.