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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Home State

New South Wales


University of Sydney


BEc (Social Sciences)
(Hons) - Political Economy, Government and International Relations, 2001


The Turning of the Tampa - the Boat People Issue and the 2001 Australian Federal Election

Background story

I grew up on Sydney's Northern Beaches, where I developed a love of the beach, sport and the outdoors. Growing up, I also developed an interest in domestic politics, public policy and international affairs. For as long as I can remember, I have read the newspaper front-to-back, glued myself to television news and current affairs programs and enjoyed discussing (and debating!) issues of public concern.

So, on finishing high school, I sought a university course that would provide me with insight into political, public policy and international issues. I enrolled in a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), where I studied government, international relations, political economy and industrial relations.

Club and university rowing and involvement in university life dominated the first two years of my degree. A little tired of early morning rowing training and keen to challenge myself intellectually, in 2001 I decided to have a break from elite-level sport and pursue my academic interests more seriously. Eager to gain some first-hand public policy experience, I applied for a place at the Australian National University, in Canberra, and was accepted into its Australian National Internships Program. For six months, I worked as an intern in the office of a Member of the House of Representatives at Parliament House, where I wrote a comparative research paper on refugee policy in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

My stint in Canberra was followed by a backpacking excursion through parts of Europe, the USA and Thailand. I returned (somewhat reluctantly) to Sydney at the beginning of 2002 and began a year of honours study, which culminated in a thesis entitled 'The Turning of the Tampa: The Boat People Issue and the 2001 Australian Federal Election'. This work served as a continuation of the research I had started in Canberra in 2001 and I found the research process and my chosen topic thoroughly challenging and rewarding.

My university background and personal interests and values led me to apply for graduate positions in the public service and I am absolutely thrilled to be launching my professional career at the Department. I look forward to the new set of challenges the Department will bring!

Graduate rotations

1. Natural Heritage Division / Commonwealth Regional Natural Resource Management Team / Australian Government Envirofund Unit

2. Policy Coordination Division / International Branch / International Multilateral Unit

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