Graduate frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply? 

For information on how to apply, visit our Apply now page or email our HR team

Do you hire non-accounting graduates?  

For financial audit positions you must have completed, or be or willing to complete, a degree with an accounting major recognised by at least one of the professional accounting bodies or recognised equivalent.

Can I apply if I graduated more than three years ago or have just finished a postgraduate qualification?

We are looking for new or recent accounting graduates who have graduated within the last three years. A recent postgraduate qualification in accounting is also acceptable. 

Do you hire international students?

To work in a permanent position within the NSW public sector you must have permanent Australian residency as a minimum requirement.

Do you provide visa sponsorship?

We currently do not support visa sponsorship.

What is the selection process?

We employ a range of techniques to ensure we select the right candidates. Graduates undergo panel interviews, reference checking, psychometric/ability testing, assessment centres, presentations and case studies.

Eligible candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in May and successful candidates will receive an offer in June.

What do you look for in graduate candidates?

Visit What we look for to find out more about what we like to see in graduate candidates. 

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 capabilities of the role. 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 mainly behaviourally based and related to the competencies 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.

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.

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 meet the commitments of an audit role. You will also need to be prepared to travel to all the clients you are assigned to.  

What is it like to work at the Audit Office? 

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

To find out more, visit Working for the Audit Office. 

What benefits does the Audit Office offer besides salary?

There is far more on offer at the Audit Office than just salary. A diverse workforce, flexible working arrangements, study and career development support, and social events are just a few of the benefits our graduates enjoy. To find out more, visit the Working for the Audit Office section. 

Why should I apply for a graduate role at the Audit Office?

The Audit Office is a fantastic place to commence your career in accounting. We support you in attaining your professional qualification and we are respected as a leading professional services organisation with the highest standards in auditing practice.

What will my first year involve as a graduate?

After a structured two week induction program you’ll join your business team and commence your practical, on the job training, in the financial audit branch. This is complemented by a structured, formal training program that includes both technical and soft skills training. You’ll be exposed to clients from the outset. The formal training equips you to deal confidently with clients in the conduct of your audits. You’ll also be assigned a ‘friendly face’ contact who joined the office as a graduate in the past few years. That way you’ll be able to find out exactly how a new graduate copes with the demands of a professional life. To find out more, visit our what to expect page.

When is the opening/closing date for applications?

We typically open our graduate recruitment in mid-March and close in mid-April each year.

Visit Apply now for further information on application dates.

Do you have any tips for when I am submitting my application?

Always read the criteria in the advert or position description. For further information visit What we look for

What will my salary be as a graduate?

Audit Office salaries are paid at competitive market rates. Remuneration packages are always included in advertisements. When you are offered a position at the Audit Office you will receive full details of your remuneration package in your offer letter. It is important not to just think about your salary when assessing a graduate position but also the other rewards and benefits you will receive such as development and growth opportunities, flexible work practices and career progression.

Visit Working for the Audit Office for further information. 

When will I be required to start work?

Our graduates commence work at the end of January or early February each year.

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 our flexible work practices including the provision of flex leave to compensate for additional hours worked during busy periods.

When will I hear back from you after submitting my 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

What if I have more questions?

Email our HR team directly and we'll do our best to give you answers.