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Applications open Wednesday 8 March 2017 and close Friday 7 April 2017.

Your application will need to include:

  • cover letter and resume
  • competency statement (no more than half a page per competency). You are to give details (include specific examples) of your skills, experience and attributes against the competencies listed in the role description.

    The competencies are:

    • achieves results
    • communicates effectively
    • continuous learning and specialist expertise
    • leading and relating to people
    • problem solving
    • quality orientation.
  • proof of qualifications
  • proof of Australian citizenship/Australian permanent residency
9 January 2018 and we are looking for people who have recently completed or expect to complete their degree this year.
The number of roles to be offered is decided at the time of the selection process.

We accept applications from candidates who may have one or two subjects remaining to complete their qualification in 2018.

However study towards completion should not interfere with their work, particularly during the very busy audit period from July to September. The graduate roles are full-time.

Yes, you will complete a Graduate Development Program in your first 12 months.

However, the roles we offer are for full-time and ongoing employment (subject to probation) – not just for 12 months.

Yes, subject to a nine to 12 month probation period. Your progress is closely monitored, along with your training in the first 12 months, to ensure that you are given appropriate development in relevant areas.

Graduate roles are full-time due to the intensive nature of initial training.

Part time opportunities are considered after this stage.

We support family friendly practices such as flexitime.

In your first year you will receive considerable training to assist you in your new role through classroom presentations and workshops and on the job mentoring and coaching. The graduate development program includes both technical and personal skills. You will learn about the financial audit methodology and software used by the Department as well as developing your communication skills and working in teams and with clients.
Applicants needs to check CPA Australia and/or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand website to check if they meet prerequisites for eligibility to their professional program. Consideration may be given to supporting study to meet these requirements if the gap is not too large.

We welcome applicants with a postgraduate qualification, as long as your studies are eligible for the CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand study program.

Applicants needs to check the CPA Australia and/or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand website to check if they meet prerequisites for eligibility to their professional program. We support study to meet these requirements if the gap is not too large.

Please contact us for further advice.

As a graduate audit analyst you will be required to work in a small team and interact with all types of people. Apart from your academic results, we look at work experience, community involvement, your communication skills, your ability to work well in a team and meeting deadlines.

Unfortunately no.

You must be an Australian citizen or have Australian permanent resident status at time of applying.

Again unfortunately no.

You must be an Australian citizen or have an Australian permanent resident status at time of application.

We suggest that you apply for the next intake after you have received permanent residency status.

These work visas have been issued by SA Immigration but holders are not eligible for employment as the graduate roles we offer are ongoing.

We suggest that you apply for the next intake after you have received permanent residency status.

Applicants are expected to meet, or be near meeting, the eligibility criteria for the professional program offered by CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand at the:

  • professional level for CPA Australia
  • accredited tertiary course entry pathway for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Applicant needs to check the relevant website to check if they meet the prerequisites for eligibility to these professional programs.

The department will also support you in completing your CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand qualification both financially and through study leave.

We support both programs.

If you are studying CPA Australia the Department is your mentor. We have a partnership with CPA Australia which offers a number of benefits to existing and new employees. It simplifies the reporting for the Practical Experience Requirements (PER) for employees studying towards the CPA Australia qualification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as required by the industry. The partnership also provides staff with access to CPA Australia resources and tools.

If you choose to study the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand program you will need an individual mentor. We have some CA mentors available in house otherwise you can use an external mentor.

You can choose to start study at any time.

You need to be studying towards membership to become a manager (ASO5 level).

You are given some study leave and reimbursement of fees upon successful completion of each subject.

We don’t have a vacation program.

We do take work experience students through CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand 

Go to the SA Government Graduates Register for more information and to register for graduate opportunities: www.graduate.sa.gov.au