Achiever Programme - Students

Get more from your summer break with paid* work experience in accounting and finance through the Achiever Programme

Applications are now closed.

The Achiever Programme is open to students undertaking tertiary studies in accounting, commerce or business in Australia or New Zealand and who are looking for paid work experience* opportunities in accounting and finance over their summer break. Achiever placements range between 3 - 12 weeks of paid work experience with one of our participating employers between November and March.

Transitioning from study into the workforce can be tough, especially without any relevant experience. Luckily, the Achiever Programme gives you the opportunity to apply for valuable paid work experience* during your summer break to get ahead.

The application process is comparable to various graduate recruitment programmes and includes an online application form, gamified cognitive testing, a video interview, an assessment centre or phone interview (depending on your state/region) and a face-to-face employer interview for successful candidates. It is important that you understand that Chartered Accountants ANZ is under no obligation to progress you through any or all of these stages of the application process. Ideal candidates will possess good communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, time management skills, an eagerness to learn and a strong desire to work in the industry.

The Achiever Programme was an excellent experience. If given the opportunity, all students should strive to be a part of it as it creates an important career network and provides exceptional industry knowledge
Courtney Slater, Achiever Programme Alumni
Achiever Timelines

Please note: you will have four (4) days to complete your psychometric testing from the date you receive confirmation of your approved application from us. You will receive this confirmation between 31st July and 9th August.


2018 Participating Employers

  • Auckland

    Bailey Ingham Ltd, BDO Auckland, Bellingham Wallace, Coca Cola Amatil NZ, Crowe Horwath, Genesis Energy Limited, Goodman Fielder NZ Ltd, Ingham Mora Limited, Mars New Zealand Ltd, Northpower, Shortland Chartered Accountants Limited, Staples Rodway, T&G Global Limited, University of Auckland, Waitomo Petroleum Ltd, Watercare Services Limited, Ysquared Chartered Accountants    

  • Australian Capital Territory

    Airservices Australia, Australian National Audit Office, BellchambersBarrett, Boyce Chartered Accountants, Evans Dixon (Dixon Advisory), KPMG, Maxim Chartered Accountants, Nexia Australia - Canberra, P² Advisory, PwC, RSM Australia, SPA Accounting, Vincents Chartered Accountants

  • Christchurch

    Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd, Moore Stephens Markhams Christchurch, Port Nelson Ltd, Tasman District Council, WK Advisors and Accountants Limited

  • New South Wales

    Addvantage Accountants, Allan Hall Business Advisors, BDO, Bishop Collins Pty Ltd, CleanPeak Energy, Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, Forsyths, Grant Thornton, Lumina, McBurneys, McGrathNicol, Moore Stephens, News Corp Australia, Nexia Sydney, Perpetual - Fordham, PwC, ShineWing Australia, Spry Roughley, Steadfast Group Limited, Thomas, Noble & Russell, Vincents Chartered Accountants, William Buck

  • Northern Territory

    Deloitte, KPMG, Moore Stephens NT, Nexia Edwards Marshall

  • Queensland

    Adrians Chartered Accountants, APC Chartered Accountants, BDO (Nth Qld), Bentleys Pty Ltd, Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton Australia Ltd, Harris Black Chartered Accountants, Link Advisors, McConachie Stedman, Moore Stephens Qld & Northern NSW, PwC, Susanne Allcock Chartered Accountant, The MBA Partnership, Ulton, Vincents Chartered Accountants, William Buck, WMS Chartered Accountants, Xperion Pty Ltd

  • South Australia

    Altitude Advisory, Auditor-General's Department, BDO, Bentleys, Brentnalls SA, BRI Ferrier SA, DuncanPowell, Clifton Hall, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, Heard Phillips, HLB Mann Judd Pty Ltd, Holman Hodge, JDG Accountants & Advisors, Letcher Moroney Chartered Accountants, Nexia Edwards Marshall, One Advisory Pty Ltd, Perks & Associates, Pitcher Partners, PKF Adelaide, PwC, Tatarelli Consulting Chartered, Accountants, William Buck

  • Tasmania

    Accru Hobart, ALA Partners Pty Ltd, BDO Pty Ltd, Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, KPMG, Ruddicks Chartered Accountants, Tasmanian Audit Office, WLF Accounting & Advisory

  • Victoria

    Advisory Partners, BlueRock, Deloitte, Dobbyn and Carafa, Grant Thornton, knp Solutions, Lombardi Partners, mi-fi Accounting, Moore Stephens, PCI Partners Pty Ltd, Perpetual - Fordham, Pitcher Partners, PwC, ShineWing Australia, William Buck

  • Wellington

    BoostNest Chartered Accountants Ltd, Crowe Horwath, Public Trust

  • Western Australia

    BSA Limited, Crowe Horwath, HLB Mann Judd, Moore Stephens Pty Ltd, Nexia Perth, Parkland Partners, PKF Lawler, PKF Mack, PwC, Sothertons

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 2018 Achiever Programme - Student FAQ's

    Who is eligible to apply?

    Any student that is currently undertaking tertiary studies in Business, Commerce or Accounting in either Australia or New Zealand, except students studying at the University of Wollongong (UOW) who will be redirected to apply for UOW's International Young Leaders Education and Development Program. The Programme is open to students at any stage of their tertiary studies, including Post-Graduate students in Accounting interested in a career in Accounting.

    How long do achiever placements run for?

    Student placements may run from 3 - 12 weeks. The placements will run between November 2018 - March 2019. Placement periods may vary based on both employer needs and student availability.

    What type of employers are involved in Achiever that I can work with?

    Previous employers involved have included large corporates, the Big 4, Mid-tier accounting organisations, small-to-medium accounting organisations, government sector and not-for-profit. Full lists of participating employers for the 2018 Achiever Programme can be found above on this page.

    Do I get to choose what employer I want to apply for?

    As a candidate you won't specify a single employer to apply for, as you will be considered for all roles offered in your region based on your suitability. Further down the selection process, some candidates will be provided with the opportunity to meet potential employers, and if successful in the one-on-one interview, may receive a placement offer.

    What steps are involved in applying?

    There are several steps to the application process including; registering your details with us, completing a series of cognitive tests through the Revelian system, video interviewing through the Sonru system, assessment centres or phone interview (depending on your state/region) and a one-on-one interview with potential employers. It is important that you understand that Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is under no obligation to progress you through any or all of these application stages.

    Do I get paid while on placement?

    Yes. The salary for student placements is at the discretion of employers and does vary firm to firm.

    Can I apply multiple times?

    No, applications are strictly limited to one per candidate.

    When do applications open?

    Student applications open 30 July 2018.

    When do applications close?

    Student applications close 9 August 2018.

    Who do I contact for further information?

    Please submit any additional queries via the You unlimited Contact Us page.

    Can I apply for multiple regions?

    No. Students should apply for the region they will be residing in during their summer break.

    What do I need to apply?

    Students will need the following to apply: a current copy of your CV and an academic transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted in circumstances where official transcripts are not available). For international students, you will need to supply valid proof of your English language proficiency. The minimum overall scores required are as follows; IELTS 7.0, PTE 65, TOEFL 24 or CAE 185. Please have this proof ready in advance of your application submission so that you do not miss any application deadlines. TAFE and mature age students are also encouraged to apply.

    Will I need a cover letter?

    No. To apply for the 2018 Achiever Programme you will not need a cover letter.

    Will I receive a job description for my placement?

    No. You will not receive a job description for your placement, however an indication of what to expect and the type of work you will be doing will be given to you if you are successfully placed with an employer.

    Who can I ask if I have any concerns or issues with my placement?

    If you have any concerns during your placement period, please raise these as soon as possible with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Contact us via

    Do I need working rights in Australia/New Zealand to participate?

    Yes. You will need to have the right to work in Australia and New Zealand for a minimum of 20 hours per week. If you are an international student, you will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency (please see above FAQ - What do I need to apply?)

    How do I access technical support during the application process if I need it?

    For any technical issues you encounter during the recruitment process you can use the following support channels:

    What are the technical requirements needed to complete the application process, including psychometric testing and video interviewing?

    For the application process and psychometric testing, please visit:

    For video interviewing, please visit:

    What happens if I can't complete my placement?

    If you cannot complete your placement, or the dates for your availability change, please contact Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible on

    Is there a dress code?

    You will be expected to dress professionally during your placement. Your best guide in terms of what to wear is to observe others around you in your work environment. In general you should ensure your clothes are clean and pressed/ironed. If you are unsure about how to dress in your work environment, speak to your manager or request a copy of your firm's dress code policy.

    Do I get course credit?

    Yes, however this is tertiary institution specific. It is advised to check with your local Careers Engagement team to see if your specific placement counts towards course credit.

    What kind of work can I expect to do?

    The type of work you may be engaged in involves:

    • Accounting experience that exposes you to the importance of accuracy and quality of work, and the use of software
    • Interpersonal communication skill development which helps you understand the importance of client/customer service
    • Observing activities which gives you first hand exposure to the type of work undertaken at more senior levels
    • Attending meetings to discuss career paths, study and work requirements as well as ask any questions
    • Rotation activities through various divisions to gain an understanding of the diversity of work performed

    Will I be notified if I don't proceed to the next stage?

    Yes. At the end of each stage of the process, we will notify you if you have been successful or unsuccessful to progress to the next stage. Where possible, we will also provide you with feedback on why you did progress or didn't progress to the next stage.

    Which state/region will complete a phone interview and which will do an assessment centre?

    Phone interviews will only be completed in the regions of Tasmania, Wellington and Christchurch. Assessment Centres will only be completed in the regions of NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, ACT and Auckland.

    What are the key dates for the 2018 Achiever Programme?

    The key dates*** for each stage of the recruitment process are as follows:

    • Applications open: 30 July
    • Applications close: 9 August
    • Psychometric testing between: 31 July - 14 August
    • Video interviews between: 16 August - 19 August
    • Phone interviews between: 27 August - 7 September (only conducted in the following regions: Christchurch, Northern Territory, Tasmania & Wellington)
    • Assessment centres between: 4 September - 7 September (only conducted in the following regions: ACT, Auckland, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC & WA)
    • Final interviews with employers: 17 September - 28 September

    Please note: you will have four (4) days to complete your psychometric testing from the date you receive confirmation of your approved application from us. You will receive this email confirmation between 31st July and 9th August.

When you complete an application for the 2018 Achiever Programme you will need to read and accept our Terms and Conditions, Collection Statement and Privacy Policy.

*The salary for student placements is at the discretion of employers and does vary firm to firm.
**These dates are indicative only and may be changed at Chartered Accountants ANZ's sole discretion.

Listen to 2017 Achiever Progamme Alumni Eunice Gueco speak about her internship with BDO Wellington.