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If you don’t ask, you don’t know.

Here are the questions asked most often from graduates and students.

What does the Assurance and Advisory division do?

Our Assurance and Advisory division’s core services are traditional external audit and internal audit services, with an IT advisory offering.

This team gets the opportunity to work on a broad range of clients and industries; and have the opportunity to work with and learn from different Partners, Managers and team members. For our graduates and vacationers this means the opportunity to work across all streams and select a specialisation once they have depth of experience.

Often based at our client’s site, our graduates and vacationers will see first-hand what it means to run a business.

What does the Business and Private Client Advisory Division do?

Our Business Advisory and Private Clients Advisory division works with a range of small, medium and large private businesses and family groups, along with some not-for-profit and foreign owned businesses.
Our team offers a wide variety of services to clients who operate in a range of industries including property, education, hospitality & gaming, accommodation, agribusiness and automotive. Our services include accounting & tax compliance services, business & tax advisory, structuring, superannuation, wealth management and transactional services.
We pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with a comprehensive set of services and to work proactively with them at all times throughout the year to help achieve their objectives.

What does the Tax Division do?

Our Tax Division advise public, private and multinational companies to understand the seemingly unrelenting tax pressures our clients face and how best to deal with them. We help to identify and manage tax risks before they become a problem, maximise opportunities and minimise tax exposure for businesses, take realistic tax positions and ensure compliance with all ATO requirements so that our clients can focus on the bigger picture.
Made up of a number of specialist Tax areas, our team work on a broad range of clients, industries and have the opportunity to work with and learn from different Partners, Managers and team members.

Are there opportunities to work overseas?

Absolutely. We are a part of the SW International network that has offices in more than 20 locations across Asia. We are also a member of Praxity International, a global alliance over 600 offices across 100 countries. Past secondment locations have included London, Indianapolis, Portland and Beijing. Where do you want to go? Learn more about our global alliance.

Do you support postgraduate study?

We love supporting energetic and motivated people who want to further their development. In addition to our CA support we offer generous postgraduate study leave and support. Whether it’s Masters of Tax, Certified Internal Auditor, Finsia, CFA or something totally different, just let us know what really interests you.

What help is on hand during CA?

We know that your CA can be challenging. So, in addition to a whole lot of moral support, considered allocation of work during exam times and endless amounts of coffee and chocolate, we provide a range of really tangible support including in-house sessions, financial assistance, study support, peer group support, practice exams, study leave and even mentors who have been there before.

How do you support new starters?

The transition from student life to professional life is tough. You will be amazed at how tired you will feel in your first week. We understand that it’s a challenging transition so we do our best to prepare you for work. Before you start, there will be a number of opportunities for us to get to know each better. When you are here, you will participate in a comprehensive induction, have a buddy and manager to help you with the day-to-day, and have regular check-ins with us to ensure your questions are being answered.

How do you go about getting the job done and still having a life?

We’re not the sort of firm where you need to be seen to be working back to be working well. We understand that you have personal commitments (we all do) and we work with you to strike a balance. Of course, at times our clients and deadlines require us to work extra hours, but you get these back in the quieter times through our matched time benefit.

What community involvement do you have?

We think we are a fairly generous and giving firm. We also know we can always do more to help those in need. Our corporate social responsibility committee, Community Opportunities Together (Co2), encourages and supports our staff to give back to our community. We encourage our people to give back to the community by making use of our Volunteer Leave which provides an opportunity for you to dedicate a day each year to a charity or cause of your choice. What’s important to our people, is important to us. We volunteer our time to non-profit organisations, work with schools to help students navigate their way through the countless challenges they face as they move in to working life, and we participate in a range of money raising activities for charitable organisations.

What does learning and development involve at SW?

We take a holistic approach to the development of our people. So our Learning & Development Framework is designed to support every aspect of your professional development including technical skills, strategic thinking, leadership, and project management. We want you to grow to be more than a great accountant. We want you to emerge as a trusted and indispensable professional (and a good person).

What do you look for in a graduate / vacationer / co-op?

Perfection. Only joking (sense of humour is important). The number one thing we look for is culture fit. We are proud of our culture and our people who make it what it is. So, we look for real people who are honest, hardworking, determined, driven, mature, smart (and smart enough to know they don’t know all the answers) and willing to lend a hand. Posers need not apply.

What sort of benefits do you offer?

Free fresh fruit every day is just the start of a long list of additional benefits designed to help you enjoy a rewarding and productive career with us. There are the usual social activities like end of month drinks, our annual ball and Christmas party. We also offer postgraduate study support, professional memberships, discounted health insurance and have an employee assistance program. And if there is something specific that you need, just ask.

What type of clients will I work with?

One of the things that makes life at SW so interesting is the range of clients we work with, including ASX listed companies, small to medium sized businesses, not-for-profits, private clients and start ups. We work for these clients across a range of industries and markets and many of our clients have global operations and aspirations. Our clients’ needs and challenges are all different, but the one constant is our approach to building strong relationships that create opportunity for them.

What makes us different?

Our difference is our culture and supporting our people to create opportunities and achieve their best.