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Auditor

Examine and assess financial records to ensure organisations run efficiently and legally.

What's it like to be an Auditor?

Auditors are independent professionals who prepare, examine and assess the financial records and operations of an organisation to ensure it runs efficiently and legally.

Tasks and duties

  • Gathering evidence about the financial state of an organisation to ensure that the money going in and out is recorded and processed correctly.
  • Preparing reports, which may include a balance sheet, income and cash flow statement for stakeholders and shareholders of an organisation.
  • Gauging levels of financial risk within an organisation and ensuring assets are protected.
Auditors may also report on an organisation’s compliance with various regulations, such as those to do with sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions or OH&S.
Auditors may work internally within organisations or may conduct independent external financial audits of commercial and public sector organisations.

What can I earn as an Auditor?

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The most common salary for an Auditor is between $65k and $75k
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How to become an Auditor

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A bachelor degree in the field of accounting is generally required to become an Auditor. These are generally three-year courses, open to anyone over 17 years and who has completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index.
  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in the field of accounting. This could be a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) or a Bachelor of Accounting. Alternatively, complete a postgraduate qualification, such as a Master of Professional Accounting. This is a two-year degree for students with previous tertiary qualifications.
  2. Apply to participate in a Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) program to gain recognition as a qualified auditor. Applicants are expected to have served for several years on audit engagement teams, and progressed through increasing levels of responsibility in supervisory and managerial roles.
  3. Qualified auditors must complete at least 120 hours of training and education in each three-year rolling period.

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View qualifications that prepare you to become an Auditor, including degrees you can study online or on-campus.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Organisational skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Written skills
  • Microsoft excel
  • Accounting

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Team work
  • People management
  • Learning aptitude
  • Interpersonal skills
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How do Auditors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 41 Auditors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
3.8

Latest reviews

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Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
All expense departments (eg. Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Engineering)
The good things
Working as a corporate auditor, you handle your time.There are no strict routinary deadlines to cram for. You have the ability to plan your work and manage it with the timeline given. You’ll never ge...
The challenges
Challenges I encounter at work is dealing with complicated people. Every project means different auditees to work with. It would come to a point where it pushes you to your emotional limits but still ...
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business (Quality)
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Quality and environment
The good things
It’s great to meet lots of new people, learn about their management systems and help them with improvement of their organisation.
The challenges
No hallenges in the role really - just terrible salary.
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of science in accountancy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Retail
The good things
The good thing about being an Internal Auditor is that that you always learn new things in every assignment, you meet new people and it is a very challenging role. You also help the business im improv...
The challenges
The challenges of being an Internal Auditor is removing the misconceptions and view of others about the role. That auditirs are fault-finders instead of viewing them as business partners.
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachleor in Hotel Management and Catering Technology/ Graduate diploma in Hotel Management
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Front office
The good things
Good things: you get to meet and interact different people around the globe. Everyday is a new day unlike other days. Experience in the hotel industry teaches you a lot. Very important role that help...
The challenges
Challenges: understanding guest is challenging part and making guest happy is biggest of all. People come from different countries,tastes and preferences differ from person to person.
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Accounting
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Business Assurance
The good things
The variety of the job. Being in internal audit you get to deal with all different people in different departments within the organisation. Also the job satisfaction when you make a recommendation for...
The challenges
The challenges include the high pressure and tight deadlines. However if you communicate with your manager that are generally supportive and can work with you to meet targets. Furthermore, you are dea...
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Chartered accountant
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Local government
The good things
Lots of variety and excellent exposure to understanding the business processes and controls in detail. Great chance to add value and work with stakeholders to identify improvement opportunities
The challenges
Can be difficult to build relationships with stakeholders and takes time as often stakeholders are defensive to begin with. Technically it can be very challenging as you need to develop an understand...
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
bechelor of commerce/ Major: Accounting
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Assurance
The good things
Every day is different you may have to deal with many companies through the month because you give the assurance service and now a days I think it's one of the leading jobs in the world
The challenges
you have to deal with a lot of pressure and work under stress and some days you can spend more than 12 hours to work and that's why I love this job.
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Chartered Accountant
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Variety of work, travel to client premises, client interaction at all levels, opportunities to progress rapidly, reasonable pay
The challenges
Travel can be challenging for some people (I like it)
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certified Public Accountant
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Being an auditor is tough. Yes, it is but through it's toughness I was forced to grow into something I never thought I would be today. All that we read in textbooks before, I wasn't able to grasp what...
The challenges
The challenges I faced were basically about 1. How do I apply what I learned theoretically into practice; 2. How do I make sure that I am following the accounting and auditing standards in performing...
Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Experience
Less than a year
Specialisation
Quality, Environment, Health & Safety management systems
The good things
This role helps me to balance my work & my personal life. I get more time to spend with my family & do my personal tasks. I can work with full commitment but without undue obligations in my present ro...
The challenges
Assurance of fixed number of deliverable man days & in turn earnings is a challenge
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