Job title: Senior Manager, Performance Audit
What I do
I review the performance of a range of public sector functions, from prisons to public transport. I look at things like cost-effectiveness, the quality of services, governance and accountability, and a range of other important factors.
I joined VAGO because I believed that the government should be accountable for providing the best possible services to the community. I was keen to broaden my experience and knowledge of different public sector agencies, and I wanted to learn more about how government functions. After reading some of the VAGO performance audit reports, I thought it would be a great way to add some value to the public service.
Prior to VAGO, I worked on a program in the disability sector which focused on increasing the safety of clients in residential care. Before that, I worked in various health, safety and wellbeing roles and human resources more broadly, in both the public and private sector.
What Katrina’s colleagues say about her
She’s interesting and engaged, always up for a lively debate, and willing to challenge conventional wisdom—and we are better for it. She has been a great addition to the office! She’s not only great to work with in a team, but she has enthusiastically taken up projects outside of audit work—in particular contributions to our Business Improvement Projects and efforts in coordinating VAGOs Social Club events.
Job title: Analyst, Information Systems Audit
What I do
At VAGO I perform ITGC’s (Information Technology General Controls), which is essentially analysing various agencies Financial Systems and applications and providing assurance to the financial audit whether their systems are secure, compliant and running effectively or not. VAGO has a big repertoire of clients and each client’s system is completely different so it’s always interesting.
My favourite part is being onsite with the client, getting to know them and building relationships with them. When you get that re-assurance from the client that you’re doing a good job and they take your feedback on-board it feels really good.
I grew up in England, Essex, and moved to Melbourne when I was 12. I miss it sometimes, it’s hard when extended family are so far away, but I wouldn’t move back.
I studied Information Technology at RMIT. I started a gaming design degree and thought that I would really enjoy the design side and not the technical side, but I discovered that it was the opposite, so I switched degrees. While studying I worked for Apple as a “Genius” (their words), basically a technician.
I’m a bit of a geek, I play video games, like to read, and I play the piano and the banjo. I also like sewing, cross-stitch and embroidery. I think that when you work in technology you need something creative to switch your mind to.
What Georgia's colleagues say about her
She is a superstar, very positive. She is very friendly, helpful, committed, passionate and always willing to give her best towards the quality of her work. She is always there when we need her, especially for her team-building inspiration!
Job title: Senior Manager, Financial Audit
What I do
As part of financial audit, I manage teams that conduct the audits of financial statements of public sector entities, as required by the Audit Act 1994. My main responsibilities are to ensure that the quality of the audit work meets the requirements of the Australian Auditing Standards, ensure that the audit is done within the budgeted costs, and keep my team motivated and the client happy.
I originally hail from Singapore and came to Melbourne for my tertiary education. My family liked it here a bit too much and we stuck around. I am a fourth-generation accountant. Prior to VAGO I was at EY for six years where I was involved in audits of banks, insurers and superannuation funds.
I joined VAGO in search of a better work–life balance and a sense of purpose, and I have found both. This may sound crazy, but I enjoy what I do—financial audit is one of the rare accounting-related career options that doesn’t tie you down to a fixed location and exposes you to a wide variety of industries and clients. Every day has something different to offer. I also get much satisfaction knowing I play a part in keeping the public sector accountable.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I am also an avid recreational ultra-distance trail runner, and on most weekends I can be found in the outdoors, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs.
What Christopher’s colleagues say about him
Chris is calm, respectful, a leader, smart, meticulous, knowledgeable, patient and approachable.
Job title: Senior Data Analyst, Data Analytics and Systems Assurance
What I do
I work as data analyst at VAGO. My work involves collecting data from our clients and transforming them into bespoke dashboards for our financial auditors.
I was born and raised in Indonesia. My choice to study accounting led me to Melbourne in 2013. I joined VAGO in 2015 as a financial auditor.
I have always been passionate in working with data and numbers, but after 2.5 years in audit, I knew I wanted to try working in a new field. However, at the same time, I was really reluctant to move out from VAGO because I have built a really wonderful working relationships with my colleagues and clients. I was very excited when the newly created data analytics team had a secondment opportunity. I can now call data analytics my home and wouldn’t have turned back.
Outside of work, I love cooking and baking. Thanks to COVID-19 and working from home, I get to spend more time in my kitchen and try out new recipes!
What Sally’s colleagues say about her
She’s an amazing person as a workmate as well as a team mate. She is friendly and helpful to everyone. She possesses great knowledge of her work. Quiet, friendly, resourceful, intelligent and helpful. She is punctual and pays great respect to time, which is great attribute in both work and personal life. In two words—‘Super girl’.
Job title: Senior Auditor, Financial Audit
What I do
I am involved in financial audits in the whole-of-government portfolio. In this portfolio, I have been exposed to some interesting engagements, including the audit of the state financial report and the review of the state annual budget. Before moving into this team, I was in the local government portfolio. This meant that I got to travel across Victoria and visit many council offices.
I grew up in Nagambie, in regional Victoria, before moving to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Accounting and a Bachelor or Economics at university. VAGO is my first corporate job, and I started here straight after university. Before VAGO, I worked as a swim instructor, a cashier and also as a chef. I actually completed my chef’s apprenticeship, so I am a fully qualified! I joined VAGO because I wanted to work somewhere that had a positive impact on the community. VAGO provides the community with assurance over financial statements of the state government and its entities.
I love to sew. I find making clothes really rewarding. I love to take already-made clothes and alter them, meaning there is no additional environmental impact! Most nights of the week I go to dance classes. I love dancing for fitness—it is so beneficial for my mental health and physical fitness.
What Shantelle’s colleagues say about her
She’s a vibrant young lady bursting with personality. She has an eye for detail and a commitment and passion for the public sector which can be seen in the quality of her work.