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Judy

Judy

Home State

New South Wales

University

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
University of Technology, Sydney

Degrees

MSc. Environment and Resource Management
Bachelor of Accounting

Background

I distinctly recall my first brush with the environmental movement. I was in Year 5, and my teacher decided to teach us something called "the Environment" and produced a packet of unbleached toilet paper. In that year I also learnt about making my own 'recycled' paper and recycling plastic and glass bottles. I was absolutely fascinated and have been drawn towards environmental management since, although it wasn't until recently that I began pursuing this interest professionally.

After high school, I busied myself with a degree in accounting. However, I was still very interested in environmental matters, and whilst on exchange in Vienna, took the opportunity to follow a course on European environmental policy that was taught by the founder of Friends of the Earth Austria. Following graduation, I spent the first years of my working life in the fields of financial management and management consulting, living in Australia and the Netherlands.

By 2003 I was ready for a change of scenery and career. Having decided to pursue further study in an area that I had always felt a passion for, I returned to the Netherlands for a Masters in environment and resource management. It was a magical time and only fuelled my desire to work in the environmental arena, so I was delighted when I was offered a Graduate position at the Department.

One of the key attractions about the Department is the expansive topic areas and issues that are within its scope. I am very excited by the challenge of working on different environmental issues and the learning opportunities this presents.

First placement

Policy Co-ordination and Environment Protection Division/ Policy Development Branch

My rotation was divided in two Sections:

Environmental Economics Unit

Policy Co-ordination and Governance

Second placement

Hazardous Waste Section, Environment Protection Branch

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