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Josh

Josh is a junior auditor who started with the Department about 18 months ago. Although he is still l...

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Maggie

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Jodie

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Daniel

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Video transcript - Daniel

I'm Daniel. I'm a Director of Audits for Field Operations with the Department and that essentially means I've got five field audit teams that report to me. I've been with the Department for about 15 years now.

I started with the Department as a graduate and I've worked through various field audit team roles up to being a field audit manager. As well as that I also had a couple of years as a project manager for our audit methodology software which was a really different and challenging role and then I've also worked in our Research and Quality Assurance area which focusses on looking at accounting issues, upcoming changes to standards and also working with people across the Department and from interstate audit offices. That variety that I've had in those different roles has really kept my time with the Department an interesting experience and has given me a lot of new challenges. In terms of what I enjoy most, it's working with a really great group of people across all the levels in the Department and also the clients. Most of the people that we deal with are really good to deal with and there's a great variety in the interactions that you have.

Since I've been with the Department, I've worked on a lot of different clients, really big organisations like the Attorney-General's Department, the Department of Education and Child Development and then some really small clients as well, so places like the Dog Fence Board and the Outback Communities Authority that are really small. But that's a great variety. You get to see some very different things between the really big organisations and some of those small ones. As well as those I've worked on some fairly specialised organisations, so the South Australian Government Financing Authority which raises money for the government and also does the insurance activities, so that's got some really different aspects to it and Forestry SA which is a very different environment to what we would typically audit in a government department.

While working with the Department I've had lots of training opportunities, starting with the Graduate Program. As soon as, essentially, you start with the Department, you're part of a structured Graduate Program that gives you development opportunities over that first year. But then on top of that, I've also had the opportunity to go to a specialist course in treasury management that was done by an external consultant, working through the professional management program that's run by the University of Adelaide Graduate School of Business, and that was a really good way to meet people from other areas of the government and the private sector and to exchange some ideas around how to manage different aspects of work and the Department's really supported that in giving me the opportunities and paying for those courses as well.

I'd say to anybody who's looking to start out a career in accounting that the Department offers them a great opportunity as a place to give them a good variety of work and to build their understanding of accounting across a variety of organisations and work with a great bunch of people. We've also got a really well-structured program to support people starting and it's something that we do on a regular basis, so we're well set up to support people looking to start an interesting and challenging career.

Video transcript - Jodie

My name is Jodie. I've worked in the Department for 17 years and my current role is Principal Audit Manager in the Public Interest Review group.

Since I've started in the Department, I've had a number of roles. I started as a graduate officer in a Field Audit team and I've worked my way through the various levels in Field Audit to become, eventually, a Deputy Audit Manager and then a Principal Audit Manager in which I was responsible for a team and assigned a number of client agencies. Currently I'm Principal Audit Manager in the Public Interest Review group, so the work is more project-based than looking at an entire audit for a client. A review that we've recently conducted in the Public Interest Review group is on government advertising.

What I really enjoy about my role is getting to talk with lots of different people and getting to review lots of different aspects of government and finance and accounting and I've had an opportunity to make a difference to government accountability and make recommendations about how the government can do things better.

I have a young family, so flexible work arrangements and leave options have been really beneficial to me in my time in the Department. I used maternity leave to take time off when I had each of my children and I've since come back to work part-time. I've also used flexi-time arrangements which gives us a flexible start and finish time so that I can be involved in school drop-offs and pick-ups.

Whilst working for the Department I've had lots of opportunities in training and development. In particular, I was able to take part in the Professional Management Program conducted by the University of Adelaide. The Professional Management Program really gave me some useful tools as a Deputy Audit Manager and gave me confidence to move up to that next level of becoming a Principal Audit Manager. I've also participated in the Department's Professional Development Program which is run annually and that's given me lots of opportunity to attend courses on management and accounting related issues and I've also had training and development opportunities through on-the-job. I get to work with members of our Executive and the Auditor-General himself and that gives me lots of opportunity for learning.

It's a really friendly and supportive work environment. We work in teams and that gives us a great opportunity to build really fantastic working relationships and learn lots from our peers and mentors. I've never been bored in my work. I've never had two years the same. I've worked on so many different government agencies. I've worked in different teams and I've worked in different roles in those teams, so that's kept things really fresh and interesting and given me lots of opportunity to grow and develop as an accountant and as a manager.

To potential graduates, I'd say if you want a career in accounting where you get to engage with lots of different people and have great work diversity, then the Auditor-General's Department is a fantastic place to come and work.

Video transcript - Maggie

My name is Maggie. I've been working for the Auditor-General's Department for three-and-a-half years. My current role with the Department is Senior Auditor as Auditor Grade Two.

When I was at uni, I was working as a student ambassador for CPA Australia, helping assist CPA Australia to organise the career expo events. There I met the people from the Auditor-General's Department and I gathered the information about the Department and also I have the impression how professional the Department is.

My typical working day, I will be visiting the client site. I will bring my laptop and all the supporting documents I need for the client and go to the client site and work from there and meeting the client, interview them to get an understanding how the business is running. We focus on the figures and the financial statements to make sure the balance presented on the financial statement for the agency is actually presented true and fair in view of the agency's operation.

Working as a Senior Auditor, I've been working on a lot of more complex business transactions which I really enjoy doing as it requires a lot of knowledge about how different organisations and different government agencies, how they operate.

Some of the clients I've worked during my time here is SA Police and Courts Administration Authority, South Australian Tourism Commission, South Australian Housing Trust and also Lyell McEwin Hosipital and Modbury Hospital as a part of Northern Adelaide Health Network.

I've been given a lot of opportunity to attend the training, both on the job and off-job and the training the Department provides enables me to do well at my work and to equip me with all the skills I need to exercise what I do in the auditing.

This Department has provided flexible working hours, which has really enabled me to balance work and my personal life. The benefit of being able to work flexible hours has really helped me during my CPA study, especially during the exam period. I will be able to manage my time while, for example, I can leave work a little bit early and go home and study which has really helped me to manage my time. Upon your completion of the subject, the Department reimburse the full study fees which is really helpful.

Another benefit of studying the CPA Program while working for the Department is the Auditor-General's Department is a Recognised Employer Partner with the CPA which means the Department as a whole is your mentor, so we don't need to personally take a record of the log-books, which is much easier for us.

I think this job still excites me about the new things I've been doing every single day, the new audit I'll be working on and the new people and clients I'll be meeting, and also the new skills and things that I will be learning. So I think that's the thing that really keeps me still love my job and keeps me going.

Video transcript - Graduates

My name is Tracey.

Hi, my name's Paul.

My name is Stephanie. We are Graduate Audit Analysts. We started with the Department in January of this year through the Graduate Development Program.

Paul:

What attracted me to the Auditor-General's Department is the culture, the people and for me, it's working in a team and also audit in the public sector.

Tracey:

I like to work for the Department as I knew that I would gain invaluable experience dealing with a large range of clients and I know it would bring challenges and it also would provide me with an excellent opportunity to be exposed to a variety of accounting and organisational systems.

Stephanie:

What attracted me to the Auditor-General's Department was the challenges that I would face every day working in this role by auditing government agencies and through the Graduate Development Program you're offered an ongoing role with the Department and you also get to work with your clients basically from day one. We're also offered support from every single member of our team. They're more than happy to come over and help us out with our day-to-day activities.

Paul:

Everyone here is really approachable, whether you're an Audit Analyst, an auditor level one, a manager, even the Auditor-General. Everyone here is very approachable, very friendly.

Tracey:

and I really enjoy the family-like atmosphere here.

Paul:

A typical day for me is always changing. Because I've got a lot of small clients, it's never really the same. So one week I'll be having a tour of the Adelaide prisons, the next week I'll be having a tour of Adelaide film studio and that's just to gain an understanding of the business operations that they do day in and day out and it helps us in our work.

Tracey:

It's not uncommon that I find myself switching between different tasks, such as documenting business and analytical reviews and drafting and communicating the audit findings and completing the relevant work papers for review and I think the diversity is actually the most thing I like about my role.

In the Graduate Development Program, we've received considerable training courses, as well as the on-the-job training and so the classroom presentation and the workshops, they are very helpful.

Stephanie:

So we have training regards to our soft skills, working with clients, communication and I guess organisation in everyday life. But we also have more training in regards to the actual methodology of the audit process.

Paul:

As a part of the Graduate Development Program, we get partnered up with someone who is actually a graduate from last year and that's your buddy. So your buddy is someone who's in another team and they just help you out in adjusting to the work that we do every day. You can talk to your buddy about anything.

Tracey:

I'm currently studying towards the CPA qualification. The Department offers us two days study leave per module per semester and also reimburses the fees on formal completion of subject. Another great thing is that the Department has a partnership with CPA, so I'm doing CPA and the Department is my mentor.

Stephanie:

I'm looking to do my Chartered Accountants Program at the end of this year, so I know that the Department's going to support me in regards to the reimbursements of fees and also two days' study leave per subject as well.

Paul:

I still haven't actually decided which one I'm going to do yet however I know if I choose to do the Chartered Accountants Program, or the CPA Program, the Department will support me either way.

Stephanie:

One of the things I love about working for the Department is the flexible working arrangements. This includes working part-time and also flexi-time. I personally use flexi-time quite a bit. This involves a flexible start and finishing times. It also means that you can build up hours throughout the work week and then you can take a day off to structure your personal life around your work life.

Paul:

I'd say if you like working in a team, if you like communicating with clients and if you want to work in a challenging and diverse working environment, then consider applying for the Auditor-General's Department.

Tracey:

and if you want to do work that benefits the people of South Australia, then I highly recommend the Auditor-General's Department. It's a good place to work.

Video transcript - Josh

My name's Josh. I've been working at the Auditor-General's Department for 17 months. I currently work in the role of Auditor Grade One.

What I enjoy in my current role is the interaction with people, as well as some of the analytical work. As much as I do enjoy the numbers stuff, I think the opportunity to work with clients and work with team members is probably one of the best things about working with the Department. We do have people we work with, you can always speak to anyone. All the managers are very easy to talk to, as well as the directors, all the way right through to the Auditor-General, so I think probably the people and the opportunity to work with people are probably some of the best things about working at the Department.

We have an active social club as well which I'm actually the vice-president of and throughout that we have a number of events where you get to meet with everyone and mingle with everyone, whether they be managers, graduate or everyone right through to the Auditor-General. Quite often when people are starting we might show them through some photos or something, just to give them an idea of what goes on, give them the opportunity to join and meet other people and integrate with everyone.

The main client I've worked on the past two years is the Department for Health and Ageing. They're one of the biggest departments, I guess, in the whole of the SA Government. So that's been really good to get a large oversight. On top of that, we do have a couple of small boards, an investment fund that we do work on which had given me an opportunity to audit smaller clients as well as the large Department for Health. In my time, I've actually been on the same team most of the time but I have moved up a level, so I've enjoyed the opportunity to take on more work and I guess more difficult work, as I've moved along.

In terms of training, there's an ongoing Professional Development Program which has allowed me to work on soft skills as well as technical skills. On top of that, I'm currently working towards my Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting through the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. The support from the Department's great. I get two days study leave before each exam, paid study leave and I can take annual leave or whatever it may be before and all fees are reimbursed by the Department. I actually came through in 2013 and did all the graduate training, then in 2014 I became a buddy. So essentially what happens within the buddy system is someone who's been working at the Department for a period of time will be assigned a graduate. My current buddy is Paul. I guess I've sort of helped him integrate into the Department. I think having a chat with him, catching up with him, making sure everything's going well, finding out what his team's doing and all that is quite interesting. So any time I see him around the place, whether it be in the kitchen or whatever, it's good to have a quick catch-up and see how everything's going. We get the opportunity to catch up formally or informally. We might catch up on a Friday for a drink or something. It's just a great way to meet people and network within the Department.

I think the flexi-time is excellent because it gives me the opportunity to start a little bit later and work later because I'm quite active in my life outside of work. I do play football during the winter and I go to the gym most days so I might come in straight from the gym, have a shower at work, go straight up to my desk and start my work day. So essentially you don't have to stop your life. As long as you can find time to make sure your work's done to an appropriate standard, you can still do other things.

For potential graduates, I'd say it's an excellent place to work. The culture is something that will really help them develop. It's a friendly place to start. You've got people that are always willing to help and I guess everyone's very approachable which makes your job easier. When you're not sure of something, it's very easy to ask questions and there's a lot of very knowledgeable people around the place that will be able to help.