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Erin

2007 Graduate program

Erin

Home State

Western Australia

University

Curtin University of Technology
University of New England

Degree/s

Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies)
Bachelor of Commerce (International Business)
Masters of Business Administration (Accounting)

Background

I studied a double degree at Curtin University spending time in Indonesia and Thailand. After university, I travelled and worked overseas for two years before returning to Kununurra in the Kimberley for three years. In Kununurra, I worked with a company developing and administering new agricultural businesses in the Kimberley and Northern Territory while studying externally for a Masters of Business Administration. My partner and I then moved to Jurien Bay north of Perth where I worked as a tax accountant and auditor of community grants for three years while completing my MBA and Certified Practising Accountant studies.

First Placement

Budget and Finance Section

This section is placed in the Financial Management branch and co-ordinates budget information from each division in the department. It then uses this information for internal and external reporting. The section deals closely with the Department of Finance and Administration.

My role was to assist in preparing and uploading the department's budget information into the Government's central budgeting system. The reports from the budget system are used in preparing the Governments yearly budget which occurred in my rotation. Duties included preparing journals, liaising with finance, reconciling amounts and ensuring internal and external balancing of budgets. I also prepared a service agreement between the department and one of its statutory authorities. These involved co-ordinating information from directors across the Corporate Services Division resulting in a comprehensive calculation of services.

Some skills I obtained were project management, networking skills, and understanding of the Australian Government finance process.

Second Placement

Australian Biological Resources Study

ABRS is placed in the Parks Australia Branch and is responsible for supporting taxonomy (the identification of plants and animals). The section produces publications and supports national policy direction and provides funds for taxonomy research and capacity building in Australia.

My role in ABRS was as a policy officer completing briefs, media releases and other ministerial correspondence. I also assisted in a new policy proposal process. My major projects were the completion of a strategic plan for ABRS to address priorities over the next four years and organisation of a national taxonomy forum to bring together stakeholders to address the future of taxonomy.

Some skills I obtained were project management, policy writing and stakeholder liaison and negotiation.

Third Placement

Australian Government Natural Resource Management Western Australia Team

The WA Team is a joint team between DEWHA and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that administers the Natural Heritage Trust and National Action Plan for Salinity and Land Management contributing to Natural Resource Management in Western Australia.

During my rotation, the team was in the process of negotiating terms for the administration of NHT3. Therefore, my role was primarily to assist in preparing bilateral agreements and supporting documents between the WA State Government and the Australian Government. I also assisted in preparing and processing funding documents, preparing briefing and correspondence for the ministers.

Some skills I obtained were an understanding of the Australian Government finance process, particularly in relation to the NHT and NAP Programs, policy writing and preparation of high level documents.

Permanent Position - Policy Officer

Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)

I decided to return to ABRS where my role as policy officer is to finalise the section's strategic plan and prepare a major funding bid. Other tasks include preparation of ministerial briefing documents and stakeholder liaison. I really enjoy the work as it provides a good mix between policy and Program work along with gaining a better understanding of biology.

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