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New South Wales
University of Sydney
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Masters in Urban and Regional Planning
I grew up in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney and studied Environmental Science at Sydney University straight after high school - graduating in 2003. After the obligatory year of backpacking I got employment as an environmental consultant in north Sydney and began a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
When I graduated from my Masters I had worked in the private field for over two years and decided to have a shot at the public service. I felt that I would be happiest in a workplace where I could assist in the development of government policy and thought that the DEW graduate Program sounded perfect.
Heritage Division: Natural Heritage Management Section
The Natural Heritage Management Section works to fulfil the Commonwealth's commitments under the World Heritage Convention and the associated provisions in the EPBC Act. I worked on several projects during my time here:
Parks Division: Indigenous Land Management Section
This Section works on the Indigenous Protected Area Program and acts as the secretariat for the Indigenous Land Management Facilitator (ILMF) network.
My work consisted primarily of helping manage and promote the ILMF network. This included the production of a factsheet, a generic powerpoint presentation and a series of ILMF case studies for publication on the Departmental website. I also gained experience in contract management and was given a valuable insight into the administration of NHT grants and the role of the Department in engaging with Indigenous stakeholders.
Strategic Approvals West, Approvals and Wildlife Division
Strategic Approvals West is one of two sections in the Department that handle strategic assessments - the EPBC assessment of entire policies, plans or programs rather than individual projects. As the legislation for strategic assessment is comparatively new, my major project in this rotation involved creating a set of internal guidelines that spelled out the Department's legal obligations when conducting a strategic assessment. This required extensive consultation with the Legislative Policy Section and various other experts throughout the Department. During my time here I was also involved in several potential Strategic Assessments in Western Australia.
Monitoring and Audit Section, AWD
The M&A Section monitors the conditions attached to EPBC Approvals, conducts compliance audits where necessary and responds to incident reports received from internal and external sources that may involve contraventions of Part 3 or of Part 9 of the EPBC Act. The M&A Section is currently working closely with Gunns Ltd on the Tasmanian Bell Bay Pulp Mill development (approved by the Commonwealth on October 4, 2007) to ensure that all conditions attached by the Minister and the Chief Scientist are met. I have been placed with a team within M&A that works exclusively on the Gunns project.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'