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Building a better working world. Together.

EY’s greatest asset is our high performing teams. The success of our business relies on the skills, attitude and knowledge of our people.

As you collaborate with colleagues you gain exposure to some of the most demanding and stimulating challenges in the business world.

Everyone’s opinion is valued. After all, diversity of thought and ideas enables us to provide better services to our clients. The network you build at EY will last a lifetime.

Shared goals. Shared success.

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Drawing on everyone’s strengths

Diverse viewpoints lead to better answers. And the global workforce is becoming ever-more diverse.

A career at EY is not limited by location or opportunity. True opportunity means working with people in different industries and different cultures from around the world. We don’t put you in a box. Instead, we find the opportunities and challenges that best suit your talents and empower your career.

As an organisation with a presence worldwide, we encourage respect, integrity and teamwork. You’ll be encouraged to think in global terms, build strong relationships and embrace diversity in all its forms. By valuing the differences in those you work alongside you’ll find that you improve your perspective and, ultimately, provide better answers for your clients and communities.

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Helping you go further

At EY you’ll be given the experiences, training and coaching you need to succeed. 

Many of the soft skills we teach are designed to create a global mindset and address the importance of diversity and inclusiveness.

You’ll be inspired to achieve your aims, both professionally and personally, while making a difference to our clients and in our communities.

We’ll work together to help ensure your career takes you in a direction where you’ll be able to reach your goals. Its about making sure you do interesting work with exciting clients, while also providing access to appropriate training, coaching and support.

Find out more about the learning, experiences and coaching that will frame your development.

We'll involve you in our business - and in the wider community

At EY we have a strong commitment to involvement and teamwork. It's important you feel part of our wider organisation and feel first-hand the powerful impact we're able to have on businesses and communities.

This sense of involvement stretches a long way beyond the formal work you'll add to your CV/resume. It's about the bonds that you form with your colleagues, the support you give to our corporate responsibility activities and the way you contribute to our ongoing discussions within the organisation.

Building better

The role of business is changing. It is now widely accepted that business has to do more than make a profit. It also must drive social and environmental change.

As we work towards building a better working world you can use your personal interests and professional skills to make a difference.  EY has shown on-going commitment to sharing the responsibility of caring for the community.

Corporate responsibility

CareersYou’ve found the right place if you want to make a difference outside of your professional role. Through our peoples’ time and skills, we invest in the education of tomorrow’s workforce to ensure that the skills and characteristics required to enable businesses and societies to thrive are available.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop in new and different contexts. You might be improving your public speaking, sharpening your negotiating skills or collaborating with people from a variety of backgrounds. But at the same time, you’ll be helping the community and building career-enhancing skills.

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EY Matched Giving Program

Did you know that EY people regularly donate through the EY Matched Giving Program – and EY Australia and EY New Zealand will match their contribution dollar for dollar?

The EY Foundation Matched Giving Program allows our people to donate to a registered charity of their choice directly from their pre-tax pay and EY will match the contribution dollar for dollar. This means a monthly contribution of just $20 from pre-tax earnings will provide their favourite charity with $480 each year!

Oceania CBS Alumni Manager Troy Shiels shares with us why he chose to donate through the EY Matched Giving Program. His charity of choice provides direct care and support for the most vulnerable people living with HIV.

“I couldn’t help but respond once I began to learn how devastating HIV can be for some, and how infection rates are rising – especially among heterosexual populations. My matched donation now provides a years’ supply of antiretroviral medication for two people who can’t afford it. Knowing what the future holds for a person living with HIV and who cannot afford that medication, I am so pleased EY gives me the opportunity to double my impact.”

Rewards and benefits

In exchange for meeting challenges and consistently high performance, you deserve to be rewarded for your contribution to EY's success.

You'll have access to a great range of benefits including:

Leave arrangements

CareersFLEXleave* You'll have the opportunity to purchase up to six weeks extra leave. This provides you with more time for study, family or other personal pursuits.

Paid parental leave*  You're entitled to 14 weeks paid parental leave if you have been with the firm for less than 5 years and 18 weeks paid parental leave if you have been with the firm for 5 years or more. This is on top of the Government's paid parental leave provisions. In addition, there is an investment that the firm has made for people returning from parental leave which includes professional coaching, career development programs, financial advice or domestic assistance. We also provide each of our returning parents with the option of having a parental leave mentor – a person who has already experienced the challenges of returning to the workplace following the birth of their child, to assist new parents in navigating this time in their lives and careers.

Flexible work arrangements. We aim to promote a flexible work culture by assisting our people to balance their work and personal responsibilities through the availability of flexible working arrangements.


Health and well-being

CareersWe support initiatives such as social and competitive sporting events, and offer employees complimentary flu shots, nutritious snacks and fruit in the office and the ability to pay for the cost of your membership to one of our in-house gyms* (some of our offices have them) or an 'approved' gym near your office from your pre-tax salary.

Employee Assistance Program. You and members of your immediate family can access independent, confidential counselling, free of charge, from professionally qualified counsellors should you need advice on personal, family or work-related concerns.

Work|Life Links. Work|Life Links is an independent national telephone information and resource service which will assist you in making care arrangements for your dependents, including children, teenagers, adult dependents and older relatives; or health and lifestyle services such as fitness programs, pet care and more.

Social Club. The EY Social Club organises a range of activities, from sporting events to informal and formal social functions, including – in most offices – an annual ball.


Man taking money from walletStudy Assistance. We'll help you meet the cost of approved external studies, which may include providing you with financial assistance to cover all or part of your course fees and the cost of your study materials. We may also offer you study and exam leave.

Professional memberships. We'll cover joining and annual membership fees for one professional body each year. This includes the Institute of Chartered Accountants or an equivalent body for qualified professionals.

Global Employee Referral Program. Recruiting the best people is critical to our success, and employees like you are often the best source of the best candidates. The Global Employee Referral Program provides you with a cash reward or shopping voucher if you successfully refer a candidate to the firm.

Working interstate, working overseas

CareerWe offer domestic and global mobility opportunities. That means you could find yourself working in other EY offices within Australia – or in one of our offices overseas. You can apply for an overseas secondment once you've had a few years experience with us.


*If you are a temporary visa holder these benefits may not apply.
** These benefits are subject to compliance with the EYA&NZ Policy and Procedure manual.