Want to know more about working at the ANAO? Read the testimonials from our people below.
If I had this level of responsibility anywhere else, I’d never leave the office. I know, because friends of mine keep telling me about the pressure they’re under — usually when they’re ringing to cancel dinner for the third time in a row. For them, it’s a good week if they’ve spent even one night at home with the family.
At the ANAO, that kind of stress is the exception rather than the rule. That’s because audit teams here structure their own audit timelines. So even though my work is just as challenging and my client list is just as high profile as my friends’, I can still get to my son’s soccer match or take him to the dentist, without compromising my effectiveness.
With such a diverse range of clients there’s always a more complex, more demanding project to move onto. So you develop professionally and experience the opportunity to make a personal impact on national issues. But still retain a healthy balance with life outside of work.
At heart I’m a player, not a spectator. I want to challenge and be challenged, personally and professionally. The ANAO offered me the scope to do just that.
Because the ANAO is independent, politics and commercial interests don’t cloud the achievement of your work objectives. You are free to apply the standards — and really can influence the quality of the work you do. So, the personal rewards are as satisfying as the professional ones.
On an intellectual level, getting to grips with widely differing projects and covering a variety of clients and issues puts all your knowledge and abilities to the test. You have to be able to assimilate a lot of information quickly and make informed judgments about how a situation needs to be handled.
There’s rarely a time when I’m not absorbed, curious, surprised, puzzled or learning something new. Now that’s what I call challenge.