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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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Wendy

Wendy

Home State

New South Wales

University

Macquarie University

Degrees

Bachelor of Business Administration/ Bachelor of Arts - Psychology (Honours)

Background

I moved to Canberra in the beginning of 2006 to join the DEH Graduate Program. Prior to that I lived in Sydney, where I was studying business and psychology. I spent six long years at University, but kept life interesting by travelling abroad during my summers and getting involved in different activities, such as writing for the student newspaper, attending international student conferences and tutoring at the University. I completed a student exchange semester at the University of British Columbia, Canada and undertook several internships, one of which was based in Singapore.

After University I wanted to try something completely different, and was attracted to the APS Graduate programs in Canberra. The Department of the Environment and Heritage was the obvious choice for me, given my love of animals and the environment.

First placement

Compliance and Audit Section/ Policy and Compliance Branch/ Approvals and Wildlife Division

The Compliance and Audit Section is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in relation to activities that impact on matters of national environmental significance. The Section also has an overarching role in developing and implementing the Department's compliance and enforcement policy and strategy.

Tasks during this rotation included:

Second placement

International Section/ Communications and International Branch/ Policy Coordination Division

The International Section is responsible for engaging on the behalf of the Department and the Government in a range of international multilateral fora and bilateral activities in our Region.

During 2006/7, Australia's environmental performance is being assessed by the OECD. This rotation centred on assisting with the OECD Environmental Performance Review (EPR). This involved:

Third Placement

Community Partnerships Section/ Energy Efficiency and Community Branch/ Industries, Community and Energy Division

The Community Partnerships Section manages greenhouse initiatives targeting local governments and households, and which encourage reduced reliance on the car and promote active transport options.

During this rotation, I was involved in:

Permanent Position

East Marine Planning Section/ Marine Conservation Branch/ Marine Division

The East Marine Planning Section is responsible for the development of the Government's first Marine Bioregional Plan for the East Marine Region.

The role includes:

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