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McGrathNicol McGrathNicol
Hannah Griffin

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At McGrathNicol, we specialise in Advisory, Forensic, Transactions, Restructuring and Insolvency.

We help both listed and private companies, including some of Australia’s leading and best known organisations to perform better.

Our involvement can vary from actively managing distressed companies, through to assisting businesses in analysing their financial performance, investigating fraudulent behaviour or providing financial advice to businesses involved in merger and acquisition activity.

We work with local and international banks, large corporates, top tier law firms, financiers and Government on some of Australia’s most complex and high profile projects. We promise our clients hands-on experience, stakeholder management capability, financial skills, commercial acumen and common sense.

With global associations, we are a uniquely diverse business that works across a broad range of industries. Our clients tell us that the thing they like best about working with us is quite simply, that we deliver.

What to expect

  • Personalised mentoring and coaching program to guide your career progression
  • Comprehensive induction and professional development program
  • Full CAANZ and ARITA program support
  • Financial assistance for postgraduate courses
  • Leave for study and exams
  • National and international secondment opportunities
  • Regular performance reviews
  • Competitive salary and bonus package
  • Involvement in complex, high profile projects
  • Personalised mentorship by industry leaders
  • A focus on you – with an open door policy
  • Client social functions and networking opportunities
  • Involvement with charities
  • Health and wellbeing program
  • Career breaks to undertake full time study, travel or pursue other personal goals
  • Paid parental leave
  • Corporate discount program
  • Employee Assistance Program
Hannah Griffin

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You will develop a broad, commercial skill set by working with all areas of our business, gaining exposure to multiple clients across a variety of industries.


We help leading companies perform better by providing Boards, CEOs and senior management with practical, hands-on assistance to improve their business and project outcomes. We assist clients to develop the right strategic plan, strengthen governance practices and deliver sustainable performance improvements – linking strategy to action.

We help companies understand problems, identify areas of improvement and make decisions to maximise opportunities to put their business in a stronger financial position.

In Canberra, our specialist Government Advisory practice provides expert advice to the Government sector.


We provide companies with practical and realistic solutions for complex problems.

We are at the forefront of fraud and corruption investigations, contractual and other financial disputes, valuations, analytics, forensic technology and electronic discovery.

We help clients understand their risks, and then formulate and implement solutions to strengthen the integrity and stability of their financial and other internal systems.


We support businesses through sale processes and mergers and acquisitions. We help clients execute deals on the best possible terms, and also advise them when to walk away from a bad deal sooner rather than later.

We work with a diverse range of clients, offering services to facilitate deals and develop the best negotiation and risk mitigation strategies to maximise value from a transaction.


We provide companies with end to end solutions to restore stability and value to businesses threatened by operational or financial difficulties.

We work with key stakeholders to neutralise threats, quickly diagnose the causes of underperformance and formulate innovative and practical solutions.


We are a leading provider of insolvency services to blue chip financiers, trade creditors and executive and non-executive directors with exposure to underperforming companies and businesses in financial distress and crisis.

We are renowned for managing some of Australia’s largest and most complex insolvency appointments.


McGrathNicol McGrathNicol
Jack Freeman

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Your development is important to us. Training begins from the moment you walk through our doors, via on the job training and formal programs. You will receive personalised mentoring and support to guide your career progression. You will quickly learn the ropes by getting involved in every aspect of our work and social culture.


It is the people at McGrathNicol that make it such a great place to work. You will join our dedicated and passionate team who share a balanced and professional approach to their work.

Postgraduate study support

Your Chartered Accountants (CA) Program is fully funded providing you with all the assistance you will need to succeed. We also offer further financial assistance and study leave for additional postgraduate courses.

Rewards and other benefits

We distinguish ourselves from other firms by offering hands-on experience from challenging and complex projects, the professional development we provide, performance rewards we offer, and encouragement to engage in social activities and support charitable events.

Best practitioners in the field

To be the best, you need to learn from the best.You will be given autonomy and responsibility early on in your career, and work alongside some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry.We have an open door policy, giving you direct access to Partners and senior leaders within the firm.


A Partner and a senior member of the team will act as your coach and mentor, to support and guide you through your career as you progress.

Clients and projects

You will work with a diverse range of clients, such as local and international banks, large corporates, top tier law firms, financiers, Government and high net worth individuals.

Due to the highly confidential nature of our work we cannot always publically name the clients we work with, or projects we work on. Some of the high profile projects we can name include Centro Properties, Babcock & Brown, ABC Learning Centres, Banksia Securities Limited and HIH. From day one, you will have direct exposure to our clients and high profile projects through your day-to-day project work and client social functions and networking events.


You will work across a broad range of industries to provide practical, hands-on assistance to improve business and project outcomes. Some of the industries we work across include Resources, Infrastructure, Property, Hospitality, Retail, Manufacturing and Finance and Investment.

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Carlo Lucci
Vacation Program

Jack Freeman

Jack Freeman
Graduate Program


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Graduate Program

Vacancies for our 2017 Graduate Program have now been filled.

Summer Vacation Program

Applications for our 2016/2017 Summer Vacation Program will open on Monday, 11 July 2016.  We have current vacancies in Brisbane and Sydney only.

Learn more about McGrathNicol and our Programs

You will learn more about McGrathNicol by talking to us at the careers fairs and industry events listed below.  Details of additional events will be added as they are confirmed.

Event Location Date
UNSW Careers Expo Sydney Wednesday, 27 July 2016
USYD Internship and Vacation Work Fair Sydney Thursday, 28 July 2016
RMIT School of Accounting Co-op Fair Melbourne Friday, 29 July 2016
RMIT Vacation and Internship Fair Melbourne Friday, 29 July 2016
QUT Careers Fair Brisbane Tuesday, 2 August 2016
UTS Internship and Volunteering Fair Sydney Tuesday, 9 August 2016
UWA Vacation and Internship Fair Perth Tuesday, 9 August 2016
University of Melbourne Fair Melbourne Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Curtin Work Ready Careers Fair Perth Wednesday, 10 August 2016


Application closing dates Date
Sydney Thursday, 11 August 2016
Brisbane Monday, 8 August 2016



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What programs do you offer students?

Summer Vacation Program
As a Summer Vacationer, you will gain practical, hands-on experience in the penultimate year of your accounting degree. Our placements commence in November or January of each year, and are between 3-4 weeks in length.

Once you have completed your Summer Vacation Program, you may be offered a full-time Graduate role with us.

Graduate Program
Once you graduate from your accounting degree, you will gain broad experience across our five services – you won’t be put through set rotations. You will join us as a permanent employee following the completion of your studies.

Additional Undergraduate opportunities
Our Cadetship, Cooperative and Winter Vacation Programs provide exciting opportunities for Undergraduates. Contact us to find out more about the opportunities available in your local office.

What do you look for when selecting Graduates and Vacationers?

Good grades are important, but we are more interested in highly motivated, well-rounded students who are involved in extra-curricular activities and have a keen interest in the work we do.

We work closely with our clients to understand their business needs, therefore strong communication skills are essential. We also work closely in a team environment, so we look for students with a strong team focus, who can work collaboratively with others.

I have already graduated. Can I still apply?

You can still apply to our Graduate Program within 18 months of finishing your studies.

When do applications close?

Closing dates differ between each office, and can be found on the Dates and Events page.

What is the selection process?

Step 1 – Find out more about us at careers fairs, industry events or by talking to one of our team. For more information on where you can meet us, visit our Dates and Events page.

Step 2 – Submit your application online. You will be prompted to complete a short application form and upload your cover letter, CV and most recent university academic transcript.

Step 3 – Eligible candidates will be invited to complete an online cognitive ability assessment.

Step 4 – Record a video interview. This is recorded, not live. All you need is a computer with a microphone, a camera and Internet access.

Step 5 – Attend a group information and interview session at one of our offices. This is a chance for you to meet the team and learn more about McGrathNicol, our services and culture.

Step 6 – Attend a formal face to face behavioural interview with senior members of our team.

Step 7 – Receive (and accept) our offer.

Step 8 – Start working with us!

Do I need to complete the CA Program, and what support do you offer?

We value the CA Program and are committed to supporting our employees in obtaining this qualification. You must complete the CA Program within three years of commencing full-time as a Graduate.

We provide you with assistance to successfully complete the CA Program, including:

  • payment of all module enrolment fees;
  • study support materials, such as textbooks;
  • paid study and exam leave;
  • external study support through PLS (Masterclasses, exam preparation support, access to the PLS helpline to assist you with any queries, etc);
  • formal mentoring through our counselling structure;
  • payment of annual membership fees; and
  • financial rewards for successful completion.

How will my career progress at McGrathNicol?

We encourage you to drive and manage your career at McGrathNicol. You will have exposure to interesting and challenging work, whilst being supported by a Partner and a senior member of the team, who will act as your coach and mentor, to support and guide you through your career as you progress.

Can I complete further postgraduate study?

We are committed to assisting our employees achieve their goals and we strongly encourage relevant professional post-graduate study. We provide a range of support including paid study and exam leave, financial assistance with enrolment fees, and study support materials such as textbooks.

What can I expect when I join McGrathNicol?

As a Graduate or Summer Vacationer at McGrathNicol, you will:

  • develop a broad, commercial skill set by working with all areas of our business, gaining exposure to multiple clients across a variety of industries;
  • work with a diverse range of clients, such as local and international banks, large corporates, top tier law firms, financiers, Government and high net worth individuals, on some of Australia’s most complex and high profile projects;
  • work across a broad range of industries to provide practical, hands-on assistance to improve business and project outcomes; and
  • be given autonomy and responsibility early on in your career, and work alongside some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for our Graduate and Summer Vacation Programs you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of submitting your application, and be completing a business or commerce degree with a major in accounting.

To be eligible for the Summer Vacation Program, you must be in the penultimate year of your accounting degree at the time of submitting your application.

To be eligible for the Graduate Program, you must be in the final year of an accounting degree, or within 18 months of finishing your studies.

How do I apply?

Firstly, you should familiarise yourself with our eligibility requirements.

If you meet our eligibility requirements, you can submit your application by clicking here.

You will be required to complete a short application form, upload your cover letter, CV and most recent academic transcript.

When will I hear from you?

As soon as we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation email.

We then aim to contact you within a week of submitting your application.

What training and development will I receive?

At McGrathNicol continuous learning is part of our culture and all employees have the opportunity to participate in personalised professional development programs.

We offer three types of training: technical, soft skills and professional qualifications.

As a Vacationer you will attend a comprehensive induction training course to set you up for success during your placement. Throughout your time with McGrathNicol you will have access to employees at all levels as well as Partners. You will work alongside some of the best practitioners in the industry and will learn firsthand exactly what it would be like working with McGrathNicol as a Graduate.

As a Graduate, you will attend professional development training in Melbourne. This interactive course outlines the professional development opportunities available for Graduates, as well the professional practice standards adopted by McGrathNicol. The course provides an opportunity to network with fellow colleagues from around the country. In addition, employees have a number of external training courses they can attend throughout the year, such as business writing skills, IT training, time management, communication and presentation skills, and client interviewing skills.

You are responsible for articulating your needs and aspirations and we will provide the tools and opportunities you need to fulfill them.

Will I have a positive work/life balance?

We promote positive lifestyle choices and offer our employees a number of health and lifestyle benefits. We aim to foster a healthy work/life balance in all our people and our firm culture is supportive of this. We offer a range of career options and, wherever possible, we allow flexibility so you can balance the demands of work and personal life.

Many employees are involved in various sporting competitions including corporate touch football and netball competitions, and many choose to exercise during their lunch breaks. In addition, we encourage our employees to participate in annual sporting events such as the BRW Corporate Triathlon, JP Morgan Chase, the Sydney City-to-Surf and the Corporate Games.

We also have a number of key social and team building events throughout the year, as well as more informal activities such as team lunches and Friday afternoon drinks.

How would you describe McGrathNicol’s culture?

From the day you start with McGrathNicol you will notice our unique culture – the direct result of our dedicated and passionate team who share a balanced and professional approach to their work.

Our culture is professional, supportive, dynamic and inclusive. The environment at McGrathNicol is open and friendly incorporating all the support you may need in order to perform at your best. We provide a supportive environment where you will gain the skills and experience you need to become a highly competent and successful professional.


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