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Meredith

Meredith

Home State

Victoria

University

University of Melbourne,
University of New Brunswick, Canada

Degrees

B. Geomatics Engineering (Hons)
B. Science (Geology)
Masters of Science in Engineering

Background

I began my engineering degree with a view to gaining a professional qualification and working in an outdoors environment in the private sector. I envisaged becoming a mining or archaeological surveyor. I did an 18 month exchange in eastern Canada during my undergraduate degree, where I discovered and specialised in hydrographic surveying. Following an internship on a survey vessel in the North Sea, however, I decided that the offshore lifestyle wasn't for me, but while watching 300 sandbags being lowered to the seafloor I realised that someone had to manage the marine space.

I became very interested in marine policy and management, and following my undergraduate degrees I gained a Masters of Science in Engineering which focussed on spatial planning, information management and stakeholder engagement. Through this work I became very interested in the role of government in developing marine policy, developing win-win situations for diverse stakeholder groups, and the balance between economic development and environmental needs. The DEH graduate program provided an ideal platform to further engage in this area and gain skills that would lead to a career in oceans management.

First placement

Greenhouse and Agriculture Team, International Land and Analysis Division

I was involved with the delivery of a research and development Program designed to further knowledge of agricultural emissions and potential techniques for emissions reduction. I was also responsible for a small research project examining manure emissions and potential management techniques.

With my broad background in marine policy I was somewhat surprised to be in the Australian Greenhouse Office for my first placement. However it was an ideal placement for understanding many of the emerging issues that the Australian Government is involved with, and highlighted that working in Government can expose you to a diverse range of different issues.

Second placement

Environment and Sustainability Reporting Team, Policy Coordination Division

My primary responsibility in this placement was to be secretariat to a newly formed intergovernmental working group on environmental reporting systems. This working group was formed in response to findings in the 2006 State of the Environment (SoE) Report that Australian environmental reporting systems needed to be improved. I coordinated the members of the group for two teleconferences and a face-to-face meeting, and also developed a work plan for the group. This placement also exposed me to the development of the SoE report.

I was interested in this area due to my background in GIS and information management, and it allowed me to gain an understanding of how issues develop across government, and the various means for effecting changes and new policies.

Third Placement

Marine Environment Policy Section, Marine Division

In my final placement I focussed on where I wanted to be at the end of the graduate Program. My responsibilities in this section included coordinating the range-state consultation for a proposed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) nomination, assisting the secretariat to the Marine Bioregional Planning Executive Forum, aiding in the preparation of Australia's position on destructive fishing on the high seas, and preparing briefs, ministerials, stakeholder communication documents and policy documents for a broad range of issues.

Permanent Position - Policy Officer

Marine Environment Policy Section, Marine Division

I was delighted to receive a permanent position in this section, and am now working on a number of different issues. These include policy development for emerging marine issues, secretariat duties to the Marine Bioregional Planning Executive Forum, high seas biodiversity conservation, and assisting with preparations for the APEC Marine Resource Conservation Working Group meeting.

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