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Summer Accounting Programs in Australia

These programs are generally for penultimate students studying accounting at university. Doing a summer program will put any undergraduate accountants into a much better position as a graduate -- in fact, some who perform well during the summer programs get offered a graduate job upon completion which can save you a lot of stress during your last year at uni! All these programs generally close on 9 September.

NB: LISTED NUMBER OF POSITIONS ON OFFER ARE APPROXIMATIONS. Actual amount is completely at the employer's discretion.


BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisers

Deloitte *

Ernst & Young *

Grant Thornton

HLB Mann Judd

Horwath (NSW) Pty Limited




Moore Stephens

Pitcher Partners NSW Pty Limited


WHK Greenwoods

*Big 4


BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisers

BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisers is a dynamic accounting organization that provides clients with access to a global network of accounting expertise. With over 1000 staff nationwide and an international network spanning more than 105 countries, BDO is recognised as a fast growing and leading adviser to businesses worldwide. Our services include: Assurance Services (Audit), Business Advisory Services, Taxation, Corporate Finance, Business Recovery & Insolvency and Forensic Accounting.

Your career progression is our priority. We provide challenging work with a variety of clients, a strong mentoring program and access to skill development and opportunities of a global firm.

As a Vacationer, you have the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals and to work with entrepreneurial clients to help their dreams and ideas become thriving businesses. You will benefit from regular training and development throughout your career growth; and a strong social club and staff benefits program. You are given every opportunity to climb higher with BDO.



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Deloitte is the only fully integrated business consulting and advisory service in Australia. Our 3000+ team of professionals serve 85 of Australia’s 100 largest publicly owned companies, as well as private businesses and government.

Globally, we are the biggest professional services firm, with over 120,000 people generating revenue of more than $US18.2 billion in nearly 150 countries. Our collaborative and innovative culture focuses on the success of both our clients and our people.

Join Deloitte and you will:

* Enjoy unlimited career opportunities both in Australia and internationally
* Work in a firm that is achieving great results on a global scale
* Benefit from continuous development and training
* Work with leading technology
* Deliver exceptional services to quality clients

Deloitte is committed to work-life balance in a supportive environment.

Vacation Program

Deloitte offers students in their penultimate year the opportunity to experience our firm first hand over both their winter and summer vacations. Vacationers are provided with the same level of work as a graduate and gain significant client exposure during the program. We will be recruiting approximately 35 students fro our 2006 winter vacation and 110 for the summer vacation.

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Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Ernst & Young Australia is part of 107,000-strong network of people dedicated to helping companies meet the challenges of today’s business world.

Our commitment to delivering quality advice to our clients is matched by their recognition of the importance of their people, whose growth and success is a priority.

Our Vacation Program provides you with an exceptional opportunity to gain some great work experience during your final summer break from university. Throughout your time with Ernst & Young, you will work on real jobs with real clients, whilst receiving extensive training to the theory you have learnt at uni to the practice in a professional service firm.

We hope that because of the spectacular job you do and your enthusiasm to be part of the team, that you will be returning to university with the security of a graduate position.

We recruit vacationers from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, from Commerce, Law and Accounting to Engineering, Science and IT. We are looking for people who demonstrate the following attributes:

* Individuality and the confidence to think differently
* A commitment to quality client service
* The desire to develop and be responsible for their career
* The passion to become a business leader

It’s not just your career that’s about to start, it’s a whole new phase of your life – new experiences, new relationships and new challenges.

Professionally, you’ll get the best of all three at Ernst & Young.



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Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton Sydney is a member of the Grant Thornton International Association, a leading network of accounting firms with offices in over 112 countries. We are a modern and dynamic firm with over 170 staff including 20 Directors. Grant Thornton also has associated independent firms in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

The firm has established capabilities in Audit, Business Advisory, Taxation Consulting, Corporate Finance, Recovery & Reorganisation, and Wealth Investment Management. Our clients are typically entrepreneurial owner managed; mid-sized private and listed companies.

Our focus on learning and development helps you get to where you want to go. In addition, being part of such a large international network allows us to provide great opportunities for our people. Grant Thornton people are encouraged to participate in short and long-term secondments once they are Chartered Accountant qualified.

It is not all about work at Grant Thornton; the Sydney office has a very active social club which includes community and charity projects.

We’re passionate about what we do and want people on board who are committed to be the best at everything they do… and who are prepared to enjoy their time with us.


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HLB Mann Judd

HLB Mann Judd is a national association of independent accounting firms with offices throughout Australia. As a member of HLB Mann Judd International, the organisation is part of a network of professional accountants and business advisers, with offices in 100 countries throughout the world. This large network of resources offers a new accountant unlimited opportunities, including secondments.

HLB Mann Judd offers business advice to a broad range of clients. Our services include taxation and business services, financial planning, superannuation fund administration, corporate and audit services, management consulting and computer advisory.

Our business approach is based on growing together through personal service.

HLB Mann Judd’s culture reflects our commitment to career development, life balance and support. We endeavour to create an enjoyable yet professional work environment. Partners and managers operate an open-door policy with advice and on-the-job trainings always available. Our firm participates in many sporting and cultural activities, and our active social club is always on the go.

As a university summer intern in our firm, you will receive personal attention as we monitor your progress and offer assistance to help you gain work experience.

If you are a high achiever with drive and initiative, and excellent communicator and have set your sights on a career in Chartered Accounting, we would like to hear from you.



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Horwath (NSW) Pty Limited

Horwath, an association of independent accounting practices, is one of the top 10 full-service business and accounting providers in Australia.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer the expertise and resources of a Big 4 Practice but with the attention, accessibility, and culture of a smaller firm. We have global reach through our network of 110 firms and 415 offices spread throughout the world.

Vacation work at Horwath will provide a great variety of hands-on experiences with a variety of clients. Vacationers at Horwath really become a member of staff, attending training sessions and social functions. Horwath has a vacation program specifically tailored to help you get to know the others while learning about your future career.

Horwath are committed to adding value to our clients in everything we do – Horwath was awarded the prestigious BRW St George Client Choice Award for both 2005 and 2006.

PLACES: 8-10

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KordaMentha is a unique professional services firm specialising in corporate recovery, corporate advisory and real estate services. We have an outstanding reputation for delivering quality, creative solutions to improve business performance and achieving great results for our clients. Since our establishment in 2002, we have become Australia’s fastest growing corporate restructuring firm, with offices around Australia and a global alliance with leading international reconstruction firm, AlixPartners. We offer a stimulating and flexible environment and we have a culture of high performance.

We seek candidates who are interested in corporate restructuring and in providing end-to-end business solutions. We recruit motivated and enthusiastic people who thrive on challenges and share our vision and focus. We look for people with strong interpersonal and communication skills and who are motivated to provide the highest standards of professional service. The ability to think strategically is vital.


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KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms. We offer clear, practical advice through industry focused, outstanding professionals who deliver value for the benefit of our clients, our people and the capital markets.

With nearly 94,000 people worldwide, KPMG provides Audit, Tax and Advisory Services from 715 cities in 148 countries. We are proud of our reputation for working with some of Australia’s and the world’s leading organisations.

As a young professional with KPMG, you will be offered a variety of challenges and gain deep professional experience from working with our extensive client list across a diverse range of industries.

Our people enjoy the benefits of KPMG’s open and friendly culture. We look for high-performing people who will contribute to delivering value, both individually and as part of a team. If you are bright and enthusiastic with the potential to develop, succeed and lead, then we want to hear from you!

KPMG was ranked top graduate employer for 2005 out of 500 organisations in The Australian & New Zealand Graduate Careers Survey by High Fliers Research, a survey of 7,812 graduating university students studying at 16 leading universities. This is the second consecutive year that we have been honoured with this prestigious award.

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McGrathNicol+Partners (McN+) is a leading independent advisory firm specialising in Corporate Advisory, Restructuring, Insolvency and Forensic. Changes in audit independence standards resulted in the spin-off of KPMG’s Corporate Recovery practice into McN+.

With 17 partners and approximately 180 staff, McN+ has offices in all states of Australia. At McN+, we differentiate ourselves by the quality of our people, our outstanding track record and our market leadership.

At McN+, we are a young, dynamic and a highly sociable team. We are passionate about delivering exceptional value to our clients and providing our staff with a high performance culture that enables them to achieve their career potential. We believe in personal and professional growth which ensures our ability to attract and retain the best people.

As a McN+ vacationer, you will work with all levels of staff on a range of assignments across divers industries. In some cases, vacationers may be offered the opportunity to travel interstate.

The McN+ work environment is challenging and rewarding, offering a wide range of experience both professionally and personally. We believe in providing an environment for employees to manage their work-like balance and regularly participate in social, team focused and corporate sporting events.


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Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens Sydney is a member of the Moore Stephens network of independent accounting firms with over 530 offices across more than 90 countries. The Moore Stephens network is ranked in the top 10 accounting groups in Australia and in the top 15 worldwide.

We offer exposure to a broad range of clients from ASX listed companies to small-to-medium enterprises (SEMs) and high net worth individuals in all areas of business consulting, tax, compliance, audit and assurance services, forensic accounting, financial planning and superannuation.

Our staff development programs encompass all areas critical to the success of Chartered Accountants such as technical knowledge, client relationship skills, business acumen, management skills and of course your professional qualifications.

We are able to offer applicants the flexibility to gain experience in all areas of accounting.

At Moore Stephens, each of our member firms believes in creating a positive work experience characterised by the following key aspects:

* Open and friendly environment
* Professional and challenging work
* Clear career path
* Work/life balance

We’ll work with you to discover what you want from your career, and then help you get there. So kick start your career with Moore Stephens.


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Pitcher Partners NSW Pty Limited

Pitcher Partners is an association of independent accounting practices with over 60 Partners and more than 700 staff in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Underpinning our success is our ability to care for our people on an individual basis and provide them with great careers.

Pitcher Partners Sydney is a multidisciplinary practice of 14 Partners and over 120 staff, with specialist groups in audit, taxation, insolvency, business services, information technology, business advisory, investment services and corporate advisory. Founded in 1973, Pitcher Partners Sydney has developed a strong presence within the Sydney marketplace and an enviable reputation for service. Our clients range from large multinationals to high net worth individuals, covering a diverse range of industries and with an emphasis on privately owned businesses.

Pitcher Partners is also a member of Baker Tilly International, a global network of independent firms. Operating in over 85 countries and represented by over 120 firms, the network actively promotes secondment opportunities to its staff globally.

In March 2005, Pitcher Partners was awarded ‘Best Large Accounting Firm’ in the BRW St George Client Choice Awards 2005, a national survey of clients of professional service firms.


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Dare to be different – join our firm! PricewaterhouseCoopers ( provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 120,000 people in 144 countries connect their thinking, experience and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders. We help out clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance. We have the best clients, the best people and the best opportunities for you in your career.

PwC is a workplace that encourages all our people to develop and achieve and in so doing, inspire clients and colleagues. Our people are individuals with unique attributes and perspectives; talented people sharing and expanding their knowledge in a high performance culture. Their intellect, energy, creativity and determination to work to the highest standard are what set our firm apart.

Nurturing and sustaining a vibrant culture that celebrates our values of teamwork, excellence and leadership is a priority for PwC. We do this by creating a workforce in which talented individuals from diverse backgrounds can reach their full potential. PwC now offers a greater choice of careers, more varied work experience and flexible conditions.


TAX: 30


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WHK Greenwoods

WHK Greenwoods is the Sydney based representative of WHK Group Limited, a public company with 20 member firms and in excess of 1500 staff operating Accounting, Business Services and Financial Services businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand. We are part of SC International, a leading global network of independent accounting firm.

The Sydney office has approximately 280 people providing accounting, audit, taxation, corporate advisory and financial planning services through our specialist divisions.

Our client base includes privately held and publicly listed companies, large family groups, industry associations, research bodies and superannuation funds.

As a vacationer, you will be given an opportunity to experience life inside our firm through:

* Exposure to Business Services and Audit & Assurance work assignments
* Mentoring and coaching by senior staff
* Discussion of career paths within the firm
* Participation in the social events



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