Melbourne Vacation Program

Who is the Melbourne Vacation Program applicable for?

Our Melbourne Vacation Program is for students in their penultimate year of University, to help you gain a taste of Pitcher Partners and a professional service environment.

What will you experience in the Melbourne Vacation Program?

Pitcher Partners’ Melbourne Vacation Program provides you with first-hand experience of life in a professional service environment. You’ll benefit from real-world work experience, training, career information sessions, networking events and exposure to the Pitcher Partners culture.

You will be based in one of our Melbourne practice areas.

Through regular interaction with our partners and senior managers and a strong support network including an allocated buddy, this program allows you to increase your professional contacts and skills before you even graduate.

Which practice areas are recruiting 2019 Vacationers in the Melbourne Summer Vacation Program?

Private Business and Family Advisory (PBFA)

Private Business and Family Advisory (PBFA) team members work predominantly with privately run businesses, including family businesses, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Pitcher Partners provides monthly and quarterly reporting assistance including acting in an outsourced financial controller role, providing expertise. 

Core service offerings include annual compliance, preparation of management accounting, financial statements, income tax returns and business activity statements. Additional services are offered in forecasting, budgeting, superannuation and investment holding structuring. Large and small businesses have the comfort of retaining control and decision-making power, knowing that all day-to-day administration and monitoring is being undertaken by a dedicated professional and experienced team. 

Tax Consulting

Pitcher Partners’ Tax Consulting team is one of the most experienced in Australia. The team of specialists and experienced professionals manage a range of taxation issues, regardless of size or complexity. As legislative experts with longstanding institutional relationships with the ATO, Pitcher Partners advocates for effective tax legislation that benefits middle market businesses and organisations. 

Pitcher Partners’ tax consultants advise on income taxes, capital gains taxes, international taxes, transaction taxes and employment taxes, all in the context of structuring transactions and/or organisations to legitimately minimise their taxation liability. 

Business Advisory and Assurance

Pitcher Partners’ Business Advisory team provides practical advice and assistance to help middle market businesses make the most of opportunities in their industries and the wider market. The work of this team extends well beyond preparing financial reports in a timely manner. By applying a risk-based audit and review methodology, a thorough understanding of the challenges facing a business is achieved; pinpointing areas where they need expert support, advice and action. 

Assurance engagements can include assisting clients with preparation of monthly management accounts, year-end reporting, income tax returns, activity statements and general advice to enable them to make informed business decisions and bring clarity to day-to-day operations.


Consulting services offer varied and rewarding career paths. Pitcher Partners consultants cut through the choices and challenges facing businesses to tailor insightful yet practical solutions that help them take advantage of disruption. Using agile, leading edge thinking to deliver commercially relevant strategic planning, the team helps middle market businesses and government bodies navigate feasibility studies, viability studies, contract negotiations, financial analysis and modelling, tailored IT solutions and organisational reviews.

Business Recovery and Insolvency

Whether a business is undergoing cessation, liquidation or bankruptcy, Pitcher Partners’ Business Recovery and Insolvency professionals achieve maximum recovery levels and strengthen businesses well into the future. Pitcher Partners experts deal in a professional and sensitive manner with various stakeholders, often in an aggrieved state. Activities can involve collecting records from the insolvent for analysis, preparing and reviewing detailed correspondence and statutory forms, liaising with legal representatives, attending court hearings, securing assets and negotiating with stakeholders.

Risk Services

The Pitcher Partners’ Risk Services team assess the activities and risks facing businesses and make recommendations for their improvement. Risk Services activity supports Pitcher Partners’ Audit and Assurance offering through a broad range of risk management services. These include enterprise risk management, internal audit, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, advanced data mining and specialised information technology security assurance. Work in the team is rewarding and centres around uncovering the untapped potential of businesses and supporting their continuous improvement.

Corporate Finance

The Pitcher Partners Corporate Finance team provides independent advice on business transactions and the valuation of business assets. Work in the team is focussed on: assisting business owners in the process of structuring a merger or acquisition transaction that grows their business; carrying out the due diligence and valuation of business assets for sale by a business owner and also calculating the commercial value of shares in a privately owned business or its intangible assets for use in settling matrimonial and shareholder disputes.

Investment Services

The Pitcher Partners Investment Services team has a strong reputation for providing genuinely independent advice. Our philosophy is to assist clients to maximise their wealth by optimising returns and minimising risk, fees and taxes.  We offer rigorously researched and customised investment advice tailored to the needs, objectives and risk profiles of each individual family, fund or Not for Profit organisation.

When is the Melbourne Vacation Program?

Our Melbourne Vacation Program runs between November and February. Vacationers work full time over an eight-week period during the summer university break.

How do I apply or express interest in the Melbourne Vacation Program?

Applications for our 2019 Melbourne Vacation Program closed on 7 August 2019.

The recruitment process will consist of:

Stage 1: Online application submission – 17 July to 7 August

Stage 2: Online Assessment – 9 August to 23 August

Stage 3: Assessment Centre/Group Interview – 28 August to 4 September

Stage 4: Final interview – 9 September to 18 September

Stage 5: Offers – 19 September to 25 September

We endeavour to get in touch with everyone about their application, please bear with us as we manage high volumes it can take a little more time.

If you have any questions, need help with your application or haven’t heard from us in a while, please contact:


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