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Senior - Accounting Technical

Date: 02-Jun-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

Company: Victorian Auditor General's Office

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 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. 
Our structure
We have two audit portfolios within VAGO: Performance Audit and Financial Audit. Our audit support function is split into the Office of the Auditor-General and 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. 

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

Seniors in the Technical Accounting Team at VAGO (also called the Financial Reporting Advisory team) are dynamic, adaptable and collaborative professionals with a passion for technical accounting and financial reporting matters. They enjoy learning about the operations, activities and projects delivered by the Victorian public sector and their financial reporting implications. 
Technical accounting seniors undertake a range of technical, operational and research tasks. Among other things, they:

  • undertake research and assist in responding to technical consultations and queries;
  • contribute to the design, development & delivery of technical training
  • provide input to thought leadership publications, tools and resources developed by the team
  • review financial statements for compliance with financial reporting requirements
  • contribute to operational and business improvement projects

Senior Analysts are thorough and innovative in their approach to work and actively pursue their own professional development goals. They have full professional membership with either CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) or the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Who you are

Operational effectiveness 

  • Effectively communicates, providing clear and accurate explanations and conveying technical concepts in an easily understandable manner to a range of stakeholders 
  • Uses initiative and sound judgement when undertaking projects and responding to and/or escalating issues 
  • Processes technical concepts comfortably, using analytical skills and professional scepticism to reason through problems 
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and actively embraces change 
  • Promotes a culture of inquiry by sharing learning and knowledge 
  • Uses an adaptive and professional approach when establishing and maintaining relationships 
  • Proactively reports emerging issues, risks and opportunities

A people focused approach 

  • Actively motivates and assists junior team members using a coaching/mentoring approach 
  • Fosters a sense of common purpose within a team
  • Models collegiate, resilient and flexible work behaviours
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional development 

What you’ve studied

  • Tertiary qualifications in Finance or Accounting, preferably at a postgraduate level 

  • Full professional membership with CPA Australia, CAANZ or the IPA 

  • A sound working knowledge of Australian Accounting Standards, legislative and regulatory requirements 

  • Experience undertaking financial advisory or consulting services. 

What else you need to know

  • When not working from home, this  role is based at 35 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • 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