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A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Talk to anyone at EY and they’ll tell you it’s a rewarding place to work in so many ways. We attract high-performing individuals from different backgrounds and experiences who – like you – bring a unique point of view and business skills. Diversity of thought is what drives EY’s innovative approach to our people and our clients’ ever changing needs.

We’re created an inclusive work environment where everyone’s opinion is listened to and valued. You’ll learn about our shared values, how to work in teams effectively, how to work with individuals who are different from you, and how to bring out the best in yourself and others. And that means you can be yourself here.

Flexibility, choice and rewards

You’ll be encouraged to take ownership of your career, and given more opportunities to move into new areas, geographies or disciplines – if you want to. Your performance will be rewarded and recognised, so you are motivated to move quickly along your chosen career path.

People with disability

EY embraces diversity and encourages applications from people with disability. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive work environment.

If you would like to talk to us about accessibility or reasonable adjustment at EY, please email contactrecruitment@au.ey.com our recruitment team. We will work with you to identify the best way to assist you.

For deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired people, call through to the National Relay Service:

  • TTY/Voice: 133 677
  • Speak and Listen: 1300 555 727
  • SMS relay: 0423 677 767


Embracing the diversity that helps us grow

Diverse viewpoints produce better answers. That’s why EY embraces the increased diversity that is such a feature of the modern global workforce.

You'll find that EY is a place where respect, integrity and teamwork define the way we work.

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, benefit from diversity of thought and, ultimately, provide better answers for your clients and communities, while being supported and developed in a personal and unique way.

At EY, our goal is to provide an environment where individual differences are celebrated – where our people are supported to shape their career, while meeting the ever-changing needs of our clients.

Diversity and inclusiveness is not only a social responsibility, it's a business imperative.  Diversity drives innovation, promoting creativity and more innovative solutions to problems. We acknowledge that nurturing diversity is essential to our future success: our people deserve it, our clients demand it and our society expects it. 

Our Diversity Council, comprising 11 Partners and Executive Directors from various cultural and professional backgrounds, has been established to act as a think tank, providing the Oceania Executive with timely, independent and strategic advice on matters relating to the direction and implementation of our Diversity and Inclusiveness agenda.

This agenda encompasses the issues of gender equity, ethnic diversity and working flexibly and, even though our leaders are held accountable for reaching our goals and targets, we recognise that each of us has an important role to play in ensuring that we succeed.

Our Diversity and Inclusiveness agenda is driven from the top, receiving the support and personal endorsement of our most senior and influential leaders.

EY - Lynn Kraus"At EY we are committed to embedding a sustainable, inclusive culture in the way that we operate that will enable our people to reach their full potential and make a difference. A coming together of ideas, thoughts, styles and experiences, in an environment that respects and celebrates these differences, is something that each of us at EY strives for daily."
Lynn Kraus, Sydney Office Managing Partner

EY - Karen Dill-Macky "Our network groups allow our people to connect and establish their unique profile and point of difference. As leader of the Perth Women’s Network Group, I have been privileged to help our women discuss career paths, be inspired by female leaders and grow their internal, client and industry networks. EY understands the importance of providing an environment where we can expand our relationships and establish the business networks that will sustain our careers."
Karen Dill-Macky, Partner, Indirect Tax, Perth Women's Network Group Executive Sponsor

EY - Fiona Campbell "I was fortunate to receive the 2013 Lynne Sutherland Award, which is an EY award for leading the way in advancing women and helping building a diverse and inclusive culture. Our organisation has come a long way in our diversity and inclusiveness journey and we can’t underestimate the impact our people have on inspiring others to be successful and have a rewarding career. It is important to demonstrate inclusive leadership and to understand your people and their aspirations."
Fiona Campbell, Partner, Melbourne Assurance, 2013 Lynne Sutherland Award recipient

EY recognised for LGBTI inclusion

Creating a work environment where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) professionals can be their authentic selves at work is a core element of our diversity and inclusiveness commitment. It’s where everyone’s opinion is listened to and valued. And that means you can be yourself at EY.

EY Australia has been ranked 3rd in the 2016 Top 20 at the annual Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) awards – a special event recognising workplace support for LGBTI people.

Unity Network

Our EY national network group, called Unity, is for LGBTI people and their straight allies. This group aims to create a sustainable, inclusive culture where LGBTI individuals at EY can bring their whole selves to work. Support is provided by

  • Mentorship, with internal and external mentoring opportunities
  • Social activities
  • Participation in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade with Pride in Diversity
  • Sponsorship of the Bingham Rugby World Cup
  • Connection to Global EY LGBTI networks and communities

We’ll help you get where you want to go

At EY, you’ll be given the experiences, training and coaching you need to be part of our high-performing teams.

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 ensure your career takes you in a direction where you’ll be able to reach your goals.

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


We’ll work together to help ensure your career takes you in a direction where you’ll be able to reach your goals. Our Counselling@EY initiative will support your career discussions and development by focussing on three key counselling behaviours  

  • Counsellors will be generous with their time and experience
  • Counsellors will understand the motivations and aspirations of their counselees
  • Counsellors will regularly have honest and authentic conversations with their counselees

This drives genuine career guidance and authentic feedback, and is supported by recognition, training and support networks. You’ll be inspired to achieve your aims, both professionally and personally, while making a difference to our clients and in our communities.

Counselling@EY – Bill Farrell and Natalie Nunn’s experiences

Counselling@EY – Bill Farrell and Natalie Nunn’s experiences

Bill Farrell, Regional Managing Partner Advisory  and Natalie Nunn, Oceania Learning and Development Leader share their counselling experiences.


Counselling@EY – Developing our people’s potential

Counselling@EY – Developing our people’s potential

Tony Johnson, Regional Managing Partner and CEO discusses with Sarah Lowe, Financial Services Partner Australia, how building strong counselling relationships can empower and develop your career.

EY - Rebecca Smith“Just four weeks after the arrival of my second daughter, while I was on maternity leave, I heard of a fantastic opportunity to move to Sydney from London to set up a new TAS (OTS IT) team.  My counsellor, in the UK, knowing my career aspirations to live and work in Australia, did everything she could to support me. This support combined with the support of my new Counsellor in Sydney, helped me to overcome a number of hurdles (maternity leave policies, moving with a young family and management of stakeholders). It demonstrated to me that you can achieve your goals, if you put the individual effort in and have the necessary counsellor support.  Their support made the 'world' of difference to me.” – Rebecca, Transactions, Sydney

EY - Saurav Kataria“I have an exceptional counsellor who spends the time and takes the responsibility of assisting me in my career. He makes time to listen and really understand the motivation drivers for his counselees. This enables him to provide appropriate advice and is inspirational in the process. He goes out of his way to makes things happen and leverages his contacts to help his team and his counselees grow.” – Saurav, Advisory, Brisbane

We’ll involve you in our business – and in the wider community

By being a part of EY you’ll have the satisfaction of feeling part of something big. You’ll feel like you are making a genuine difference to clients, communities and the world in general.

Our commitment to engaging you in what we do will add to your enthusiasm for your work, your colleagues and our organisation. We also want you to feel confident that you have the support you need to achieve your professional and personal aspirations.

It’s not just about the name on your CV. You’ll gain confidence from having the support you need to achieve your professional and personal aspirations.

We do this through:

  • Communities: from our Corporate Responsibility work to our Alumni network we give you more opportunities to get involved with local communities and form enduring bonds with your peers.
  • Conversations: we’ll listen to you and engage in open and authentic dialogue at every level of our organisation.
  • Choices: we believe that people perform best when they feel connected and empowered to make their own choices within an organization. EY has earned a reputation for having a culture that enables people to meet both their personal and professional goals. More than work/life balance, our efforts to create a supportive culture have grown to focus on workplace flexibility: helping our people navigate where, when, and how their work gets done.
  • Celebration: your performance will be rewarded and recognized, to support and motivate you as you move along your chosen career path.

We can make a difference

If you join EY, you’ll feel welcome from your first day until long after you leave. But there are lots of opportunities to enhance your sense of belonging here.

Corporate Responsibility provides the chance to give something back to the local and wider community, while our Alumni network provides you with networking opportunities among your peers.

Corporate responsibility

Careers You’ve found the right place if you want to make a difference outside of your professional role. Our approach to corporate responsibility coordinates volunteering activities — in education, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability — in a way that makes real use of your unique skills and capabilities. That way you can have a far greater personal impact.

Community engagement is also a key part of our global career development framework.

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.


Careers However long you stay at EY, you’ll find your time here will do more than develop your skills and increase your experience. You’ll make connections and friendships that will prove invaluable throughout your career, supported by the vast EY alumni – an important network of successful professionals.

So however your career evolves, you’ll continue to benefit from your time with us, even if you leave. And if you do decide to pursue opportunities outside EY, we hope you’ll become one of the many people who rejoin.

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

CareersCareer break* You can apply for a three-month career break to take time away from work to go travel or explore other personal interests.**

FLEXleave* 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, the firm provides a coaching program around the transition to and from parental leave that is available to all our people but targeted at new parents.  We also have parental leave mentors available to those returning to the workforce, further assisting new parents in navigating this time in their life and career.

Flexibility. We want to provide our people with greater freedom to choose the flexibility that works for them, their teams and their clients, creating an agile workplace culture that can meet the changing needs of the global workplace.  Many of our people model the new way of working, where formal or informal flexibility is adopted in order to balance work and personal responsibilities.


CareersTechnology. You're eligible for discounts on some terrific leading technology brands on items such as laptops, mobile phones and accessories.

Banking. You'll be entitled to banking discounts from a wide range of financial providers.

Travel. You can take advantage of travel discounts, and enjoy cheap car rental.

Insurance. You'll also be eligible for a discount on private health insurance and general insurance.

Health. You'll also have access to discounts on health providers for eyewear, and gyms.


CareersEY is focused on the health and wellbeing of our people and have a wellbeing program dedicated to factors that are known to maintain good wellbeing.  Our wellbeing initiatives cover financial health, physical and mental health, family and community and the quality and value of work.

We support complimentary flu shots, nutritious snacks and fruit in the office, gym corporate discounts and in some of our offices offer onsite gym or wellness centre.

Psychologist support services. You and members of your immediate family can access independent, confidential counselling, free of charge, from professionally qualified psychologists should you need advice on personal, family or work-related concerns.

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.

Childcare. We have a range of support processes and material to assist you in managing the juggling act between work and life. This includes emergency childcare support, providing easy access to information on childcare facilities; childcare fees, including government assistance and rebates; and access to our purpose-built childcare centre (Sydney based employees). We also provide considerable support for our employees returning back from paternity leave as well.


Man taking money from walletSalary packaging* From your pre-tax salary, you can package an EY compatible PDA/Blackberry for business use. You can also package airline club memberships, novated car leases, car parking, study expenses, 'in-house' or 'approved' gym memberships and childcare fees in some locations, as well as make extra contributions to your superannuation.

Study 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.

Get more out of life

No two days are the same for our people. They have multiple responsibilities and interests, it’s about getting the most out of everything and not sacrificing personal aspirations or career goals in the process. We realise that some people want to balance their responsibilities, others want to work smarter and for most of us, we just more out of life. That’s why we strongly believe that it’s not about where you work, when you work or how long you work; it’s about the quality of what you deliver that matters most to us.

By feeling empowered to be the best parent, manager and teammate we see our people go from strength to strength. So by changing how we think about work and embracing different possibilities, we can give you the flexibility you need to work your way, to get the most out of life.

How would you like to get more out of life?

EY - Linda

This is Linda. She’s ambitious but like most of us also has interests out of the office too. Linda can find the right balance so she can get more out of life.

EY - Kara

Meet Kara. Kara is an international leader and dedicated Mother. She can excel at both because she’s able to integrate her responsibilities, Kara gets more out of life.

EY - David

Meet David. He has great ideas and is an integral part of the team. No two days are the same, he has things he needs to get done throughout the day. David can get more out of life by making each appointment count.

EY - Troy

This is Troy. He’s a great team leader and a great Dad. Troy has the flexibility to decide when and where he works meaning he doesn’t have to compromise.