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Governance & Compliance Officer

Date: 03-Aug-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

Company: Victorian Auditor General's Office


Ongoing opportunity 

VPS5: $103,920 - $114,828 + Super and Leave Loading

Who we are

VAGO helps to hold the Victorian Government accountable by conducting financial and performance audits and assurance reviews of public sector agencies and reporting the results to Parliament. 

We are part of Victoria’s integrity system. The office of ‘Auditor-General’ is independent; it is not controlled or directed by Parliament or the government. 

Our independent audit role gives us exclusive access to our clients. We have the opportunity to learn about public sector operations, projects and activities that impact the daily lives of over 6 million Victorians. 

Our Vision
Better lives for Victorians through our insights and influence

Our Purpose
Helping Parliament hold government to account and assisting the public sector to improve its performance

Living the VAGO Values
Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, Innovation

Our structure
VAGO employs around 185 staff across four business areas:

  • Financial Audit
  • Performance audit
  • Office of the Auditor-General
  • Corporate Services.

What we do

The Auditor-General provides assurance to Parliament on the accountability and performance of the Victorian public sector.

To achieve this, VAGO annually conducts over 530 financial audits and numerous performance audits across a diverse range of portfolios including infrastructure, transport, health and social services, education, water, local government, insurance, justice, treasury and superannuation. Such a broad range of portfolios allows our people to gain unrivalled audit experience working throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

Our people
Our organisation is filled with people who love what they do, enact change and uphold our values. We are a workforce of highly motivated, empathetic and collaborative people, who encourage innovation and knowledge sharing. 

We strive to build and maintain an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in our people. We encourage and celebrate our diversity, and actively support work life balance and flexibility across all our roles. 

Why work with us

  • challenge yourself with work that has impact and helps to ensure government integrity
  • improve the lives of all Victorians by holding the government accountable
  • work where you want, including:
    • from your home in Victoria, interstate or a neighbouring country with a full home office set-up that we provide
    • from our collaborative office on Collins Street
    • a mix of both
  • build your skills and experience through our tailored learning, development and study assistance programs
  • get recognised for your valuable time, with any extra hours you work returned to you as additional leave
  • participate in career mobility opportunities to grow and develop
  • experience our progressive and people-focused culture.

Who you’ll work with

The Office of the Auditor-General is responsible for VAGO’s audit quality framework, financial reporting advisory and legal compliance functions and supports both Financial Audit and Performance Audit divisions. It is responsible for providing auditing technical advice and maintaining financial audit methodology in the conduct of audits of financial statements, estimated financial statements, performance statements, acquittal audits and all other types of audits VAGO provides audit or assurance opinions on. It is also responsible for performing quality reviews (Financial Audit and Performance Audit) of VAGO engagement leaders and contracted Audit Service Providers and providing technical auditing training to Financial Audit and Performance Audit divisions as required. 

What you’ll do

The Governance and Compliance Officer is part of a small team in the Office of the Auditor-General that ensures VAGO’s audit program is supported by high quality services across business and risk planning, control framework operations, and compliance monitoring and reporting. Reporting to the Senior Manager Governance, the Governance and Compliance Officer is a technical expert, with an eye for detail, who possesses expertise across a broad range of governance and compliance practices in a public or private sector setting.

Who you are

Operational effectiveness

  • Ability to thrive and function effectively independently, with a strong focus on delivery and results
  • Uses initiative and sound judgement when managing complex and highly sensitive projects and issues.
  • Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably, using analytical skills and professional scepticism to reason through problems, and demonstrating innovation and a focus on learning.


A people focused approach

  • An influencer with excellent customer service and stakeholder management skills with appropriate sense of urgency and sensitivity to business needs, using an adaptive and professional approach.
  • Actively leads by example, modelling collegiate, resilient and flexible work behaviours and fosters a sense of common purpose within a team.
  • Models the VAGO values of respect, accountability, innovation and collaboration. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional development.

What you’ve studied

  • Tertiary qualifications in a field such as Business, Commerce, Governance, Project management, Accounting, Social Sciences, Public Policy or similar.
  • Significant experience in governance, compliance, risk and business improvement.
  • Demonstrated understanding of project portfolio management methodologies and tools.
  • Proficiency and experience using the Microsoft Office suite of applications including SharePoint and Power BI.

What else you need to know

  • When not working from home, this  role is based at 35 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Travel to various work locations throughout Victoria and Australia may be required
  • VAGO employees are required to comply with public sector requirements for ethical conduct, conflict of interest, Occupational Health & Safety, Diversity in the Workplace, the Human Rights Charter and Equal Opportunity principles
  • All VAGO employees are required to undergo a criminal record check and complete a Declaration of Independence on commencing employment and periodically thereafter

All VAGO employees also need to work as an effective team member by:

  • Contributing to a sense of common purpose within a team
  • Modelling collegiate, resilient and flexible work behaviours
  • Demonstrating a commitment to continuous professional development
  • Establish and maintain constructive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Model the VAGO values of Respect, Accountability, Innovation and Collaboration
  • Meet compliance and records keeping requirements by:
  • Undertaking a criminal record check and complete a Declaration of Independence on commencing employment and periodically thereafter
  • Ensuring own and others’ work is delivered in accordance with legislative and policy requirements
  • Maintaining records and content in VAGO’s key systems