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Katherine

Katherine

Home State

Queensland

Background

After high school I worked in retail for a year while my university was being constructed. I got married half way into a communications degree and was sent back to the workforce. After several years in the private sector I spent several more years in the Queensland public service, the last year of which I worked part time while studying full time to be a personal trainer.

I moved to Canberra in 2004 and spent the next two years working for DEH in the Ozone and Synthetic Gas Team. Most of that time was blissfully spent working on methyl bromide policy trying to do my bit for the ozone layer, before joining the graduate program as an internal applicant.

First placement

Sustainability Education Section

Although Sustainability Education is a small team they have a large and largely important job, promoting Education for Sustainability to not only schools but to the higher education and business sectors and the community. Sustainability education goes beyond awareness-raising and develops the skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. While in the team my duties included:

Second placement

Natural Resource Management Joint Team - Western Australia Team

The NRM joint team is comprised of staff from both DEH and the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry who work with State Governments and regional bodies to improve the management of Australia's natural resources. The Australian Government has made a massive financial commitment to natural resource management through its Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality. I believe that there is much to gain when agencies work together to achieve common goals. This placement was an excellent opportunity to see how such a significant investment by the Australian as well as State Governments is managed through multiple-level cooperation to produce on-ground action across the country. While in the team my duties included:

Third Placement

Corporate governance is the processes by which the Department is directed, controlled and held to account. It encompasses the Department's leadership and culture, decision-making processes, policies and procedures. Although it underpins everything the Department does and as such is the responsibility of all APS staff, corporate governance is the bread and butter of the Governance Unit. This includes the management of performance, risk, fraud, audit and implementing best practice procedures. While in the team my duties included:

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