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Laura

Laura

Home State

New South Wales

University

Australian National University
Queensland University of Technology

Degrees

LLB/B Asian Studies
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Background

How could I not develop a love of the environment growing up in the beautiful “Blue Water Paradise” of Port Stephens, NSW? Naturally I got involved in competitive swimming at a young age and spent a great deal of time at the beach, including a couple of summers as a volunteer Surf Life Saver.

On finishing high school, an attraction to government and international affairs and a strong desire to strike out on my own led me to the nation's capital to study Law and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. At uni, I focused my Asian Studies degree on Japan and North-East Asia, and my law degree on Environmental and International Law.

The highlights of my studies included participation in the intensive Comparative US-Australian Environmental Law program (held in Canberra in conjunction with students and lecturers from Alabama, USA) in 2001, and the 3-week course on International Organisations held in Geneva, which I attended in 2002. I also worked casually in hospitality, and made several recreational trips to Europe, the United States, Thailand and Singapore.

After completing my undergraduate studies it was time for another change, so I moved to Brisbane to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Queensland University of Technology, and enjoyed 6 months of living on the Brisbane River, taking the City Cat into work/uni every morning, and heading to the coast on weekends. I was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in January 2003.

I then decided to get some use out of my Asian Studies degree and “escaped” to Japan for 6 months as a full-time English Instructor working in Tokyo. While this was an absolutely amazing experience, it really made me long to see grass again, so I applied for a graduate position with the Department before leaving Japan, and headed back to Canberra!

First placement

1. Approvals and Wildlife Division, Policy and Compliance Branch, Legislation Policy Section

Second placement

2. Policy Coordination and Environment Protection Division, Communications and International Branch, International Multilateral Unit.

Third placement

3. Policy Coordination and Environment Protection Division, Environment Standards Branch, Government Partnerships Section

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'