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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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Andrew

Andrew

Home State

NSW

University

Macquarie University

Degree/s

Bachelor Environmental Management
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Background

I was born in the U.K. in 1982 and moved across to Australia in 1986. I have a long-standing interest in Environmental and Aboriginal Australian issues. I completed high-school in the year 2000 and commenced my combined degree in 2001. In 2003 I took a year off from study and volunteered full-time for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a U.S. based trans-national environmental non-government organisation. During this time I worked as a ranger/rural fire fighter on a series of reserves in central Florida and also as a legal and policy researcher for the TNC Hawaii office.

For the last three years of my degree I worked part time as a project manager for a large Australian engineering and consultancy firm that undertook site management for the re-development of surplus Defence sites around Sydney. During my University holidays I also gained further experience volunteering for environmental non-government organisations such as Clean-up Australia, the Australian office of TNC and the Australian Bush Heritage Fund.

I applied for the Department of the Environment and Water Resources graduate Program in 2006 and commenced in February 2007.

First Placement

Corporate and Legal Strategies Section - Parks Australia Division

This rotation saw me providing assistance and support to the Corporate and Legal Strategies Section in its role as legal advisor to the Director of National Parks. I was given exposure to a broad range of issues and situations and was able to contribute towards the work of the section in areas such as: drafting and editing contracts; procurement precedent; determining permit requirements for actions on Commonwealth reserves; business management processes; researching and drafting legal advices; recruitment; and legislative processes. The rotation provided me with excellent practical experience and balanced well against my theoretical University studies.

Second Placement

Natural Resources Adaptation Section - Australian Greenhouse Office

During this rotation I was given the opportunity of participating in the start-up of the National Climate Change Adaptation Centre. This rotation exposed me to the Departmental processes involved in planning the design, implementation and delivery of a major ($126 million) government initiative. Additionally I assisted with the general work of the section including: running an open tender procurement process, coordinating and delivering on complex Freedom of Information requests, providing secretariat support to expert advisory panels and compiling user guides for branch business processes. This rotation helped to consolidate my understanding of many challenging areas of government process and procedure.

Third Placement

Water Economics and Policy Section - Water Resources Division

This rotation focused on two interesting yet separate streams of the Department's business. The first half of my rotation centred on assisting with the International function of the Water Group. I was heavily involved in preparing briefing and presentation packages for senior executives to deliver to international conferences and delegations. I assisted with managing large international contracts in partnership with other Australian Government bodies such as AusAid and DFAT. The second half of my rotation focused on helping to implement Part 4 of the Water Act - particularly regarding developing the water market and water charging rules in conjunction with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Treasury and the Australian Government Solicitor. I received excellent exposure to high level interdepartmental meetings and learned about the process of developing regulations and negotiating difficult topics with States, Territories and Industry.

Final Position

Marine Protected Area Management, South - Marine and Biodiversity Division

I was fortunate enough to secure a position as a reserve manager in the Marine Protected Area Management team dealing with the new reserves from the south coast of New South Wales around Tasmania and up to the Great Australian Bight. This work will involve: day-to-day management of marine reserves, participating in drafting marine reserve management plans and assisting the section with identifying strategic priorities and developing responses to management challenges over the medium term. This position is in a new and exciting area that will be expanding dramatically as the Australian Government establishes its comprehensive, adequate and representative marine reserve estate.

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