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Australian Bureau Of Statistics (ABS)

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ABS Accounting Cadetship Program

Belconnen, Canberra ACT

This program is designed to provide undergraduate university students the opportunity to gain industry experience while completing their qualification.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Internship
Salary
While studying $14,514 to $26,608. While working $25,463 - $48,831

Application dates

Applications Open
20 Sep 2018
Applications Close
10 Oct 2018

Minimum requirements

Graduation Results
50 - 64% WAM (Pass)
Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
B
Business & Management

About the Cadetship Program

This program is designed to provide undergraduate university students (currently studying towards a qualification in Commerce or Economics, with a major in Accounting) the opportunity to gain industry experience while completing their qualification.

The successful cadet will:

  • be currently undertaking an undergraduate qualification, with a major in Accounting
  • be required to complete their qualification by 2021
  • be required to complete approximately 390 hours of work placement over a six month period, this equates to approximately 15 hours per week; there will be an expectation that the successful cadet works full-time over their vacation breaks.
  • have the intention of applying to be a Chartered Accountant (CA) and/or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)
  • be able to work from the ABS' Canberra Office.

Benefits of this program:

  • competitive salary paid while you are working at the ABS and while you are studying
  • permanent employment in the Australian Public Service
  • upon successful completion of the program, you will advance to the APS3 Level (with a starting salary of $55,838)
  • flexibility to complete your work placement hours around your study and exam timetable
  • reimbursement of $800 per study unit (up to 4 units per semester) when you successfully pass semester subjects
  • book allowance paid to assist you with your textbook and equipment expenses.

This program is open to students in all years of their undergraduate qualification.

About the Role

Duties will include, but are not limited to assisting with:

  • end of month processes such as processing journals, reconciling accounts
  • the preparation of financial statements
  • drafting accounting position papers, finance reports and briefs
  • the preparation of the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) return, GST and BAS
  • reviewing and analysing transactions and providing commentary
  • the preparation of budgets: internal, external and capital
  • asset accounting such as processing additions or disposals in the Asset Register, stocktakes
  • collection of data and consolidation of benchmarking results
  • maintaining distribution lists, collating and analysing the data for the activity distribution survey
  • the development of costings associated with new policy proposals, user funded surveys and internal projects
  • the maintenance of the internal and corporate costing models
  • system administration tasks for the finance system.

Key Qualities, Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • strong analytical skills
  • attention to detail to produce accurate outcomes
  • ability to problem solve
  • strong liaison and communication skills
  • working collaboratively with team members and stakeholders
  • strong Excel skills
  • ability to manage competing deadlines
  • accounting knowledge and the ability to interpret accounting standards
  • time management skills.

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
I take huge pride in knowing that my work is contributing to important decisions made by governments, businesses and across the community. I love that I am doing something that is valuable for the Australian public and contributing to meaningful projects.

Tiana Stuart

  • Graduate stories
I take huge pride in knowing that my work is contributing to important decisions made by governments, businesses and across the community. I love that I am doing something that is valuable for the Australian public and contributing to meaningful projects.

Tiana Stuart

  • Graduate stories
There are definitely a lot of ways you could contribute to the ABS, so don’t let a narrow view of what we do hold you back.

Lucinda Fretwell

  • Graduate stories
There are definitely a lot of ways you could contribute to the ABS, so don’t let a narrow view of what we do hold you back.

Lucinda Fretwell

  • Graduate stories
I take huge pride in knowing that my work is contributing to important decisions made by governments, businesses and across the community. I love that I am doing something that is valuable for the Australian public and contributing to meaningful projects.

Tiana Stuart

  • Graduate stories
I take huge pride in knowing that my work is contributing to important decisions made by governments, businesses and across the community. I love that I am doing something that is valuable for the Australian public and contributing to meaningful projects.

Tiana Stuart

  • Graduate stories
There are definitely a lot of ways you could contribute to the ABS, so don’t let a narrow view of what we do hold you back.

Lucinda Fretwell

  • Graduate stories
There are definitely a lot of ways you could contribute to the ABS, so don’t let a narrow view of what we do hold you back.

Lucinda Fretwell