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Rowena

Rowena

Home State

South Australia

University

University of Adelaide SA
University of Oregon USA

Degree/s

BA
LLB (honours)

Background

I grew up in Adelaide and during my Arts degree at Adelaide University I majored in Australian history. I have always been interested in politics and social justice and so during my law degree I was most attracted to subjects such as international law, environmental law and indigenous people and the law. In 2003 I took a break from university study and taught English in Japan for 10 months, before returning to resume my law degree. In my final semester on student exchange in Oregon USA, I specialized in environmental law and was lucky enough to study subjects such as Global Environmental Challenges and Comparative Environmental Law, for which I wrote my final paper comparing RFAs and their relationship to the EPBC Act with forestry management standards of the American Northwest Forest Plan. Living in Oregon and volunteering for an attorney at the Oregon Clean Water Action Program enhanced my appreciation of environmental law issues. A highlight was involvement in the annual Oregon Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. After finishing my degree I worked and traveled in the UK and Europe, however the desire to continue environmental work in Australia saw me apply for the graduate Program whilst in the Scottish highlands, and return to Australia in 2007 to commence work at DEW.

First Placement

Ozone and Synthetic Gas Team, EQD

The Ozone and Synthetic Team administers Australia's obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and partially under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change. The team's work includes policy development, contract management, licensing and enforcement and representation at international fora.

Second Placement

Compliance 2 Section, AWD

The Compliance Section helps to protect matters of national environmental significance by delivering an effective compliance regime for the EPBC Act.

Third Placement

Strategic Policy Section, PCD

The Strategic Policy Section provides executive advice and support to the Minister and Executive, assists with decision making processes, and provides advice and briefings on strategic policy issues.

Permanent Position - Policy Officer

Settlements and Infrastructure Adaptation Team, Science and Adaptation Branch, International, Adaptation and Land Management Division

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