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Date: 16-Jun-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

Company: Victorian Auditor General's Office

Who we are

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

Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, Innovation

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. 
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

Why work with us

  • To improve the lives of all Victorians by helping drive government accountability 
  • Challenging and impactful work that helps ensure government integrity 
  • To work where you want, when you want with our cutting edge Better Normal Principles 
  • A comprehensive office set-up at your home 
  • Purpose designed office facilities at the Paris end of Collins Street 
  • Tailored learning and development opportunities 
  • Flexible hours and accrued flexi-time 
  • Career mobility opportunities for growth and development 
  • A unique, progressive, people-focussed culture 
  • Generous leave conditions  

Who you’ll work with

Our Financial Audit group is a diverse group of approximately 70 highly motivated audit professionals. You will be part of a supportive team committed to professional excellence that will help you build skills to advance your career.
Our clients are responsible for physical assets worth more than $400 billion and have a combined annual turnover of more than $85 billion. While completing financial audits, you’ll go beyond the numbers to look at the issues of value for money, integrity and accountability. 
Our independent audit role gives us exclusive access to our clients. This provides you the unique opportunity to learn about public sector operations, projects and activities that impacts the daily lives of over 6 million Victorians. Your work makes a difference to public sector accountability, improving the delivery of services to the Victorian community.
You’ll be empowered to balance work and home life including the opportunity to participate in flexibility arrangements so the extra time spent during audit season is returned to you as additional form of leave.

What you’ll do

Managers at VAGO are dynamic, adaptable leaders with the ability to motivate and coach others to achieve their work goals. As a team manager they are accredited by Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) or the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Managers are responsible for the delivery of a work program which includes financial audits, Parliamentary Reports and business improvement initiatives. 
VAGO’s Managers are rigorous and innovative in their approach to work and are motivated by the challenge of promoting continuous improvement in the Victorian public sector. They create opportunities for others to learn and develop, while actively pursuing their own professional development goals.  

Who you are

Strategic leadership 

  • Develops and implements opportunities for improvement in internal and external stakeholder relationships 
  • Identifies emerging threats and opportunities to better target audit activity and public sector accountability 

Operational effectiveness 

  • Effectively communicates, providing clear and accurate explanations and conveying technical concepts in an easily understandable manner to a diverse 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 responds to trends, emerging issues, risks and opportunities 

People and teamwork

Leaders at VAGO demonstrate the following behaviours: 

  • Actively lead, motivate and develop individuals and teams using a coaching/mentoring approach 
  • Foster a sense of common purpose and provide direction, connecting employees to the organisation and our vision 
  • Lead by example, modelling collegiate, resilient and flexible work behaviours 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development 

What you’ve studied

  • Tertiary qualifications in Finance, Accounting, Science, Technology, Economics or Mathematics, preferably at a postgraduate level 
  • Full professional membership with CPA Australia, CAANZ or the IPA1 
  • Advanced working knowledge of Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards, legislative and regulatory requirements 
  • Experience undertaking and managing audits or complex investigations, inquiries or reviews 

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