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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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Sarah-Jane

Sarah-Jane

Home State

Western Australia

University

University of Western Australia

Degree/s

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Political Science)

Background

I completed a BA majoring in Political Science, Economics and French. Whilst studying I became interested in environmental policy issues and wrote my Honours dissertation on sustainability policy in the EU. After university I spent a year working in the UK and travelling in North Africa. Upon returning to Perth I worked as a Client Service Officer at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 7 months before being accepted into the Graduate Program at DEW.

First Placement

Human Resource Strategies

Human Resource Strategies supports the DEW Executive in determining priority HR strategies and assisting in the implementation of those strategies through projects, policy development, advice and interpretation; and Program management. During this placement I worked on DEW's Leadership Development Program, my main task being to help organise and co-ordinate a series of leadership workshops for executive staff. This involved project management tasks, procurement of a consultant to facilitate workshops and contract administration. I was also required to conduct research into leadership and adult education principles in order to prepare staff communications materials.

Second Placement

Heritage Policy

Heritage Policy is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic policy directions as well as Programs and projects relating to issues across the Heritage Division. My main project was to assist with the organisation and coordination of a workshop on heritage economics. This involved writing a background paper on heritage economics for distribution to workshop attendees as well as assisting with production of a draft agenda and other event management tasks. During the placement I also prepared briefs for the Australian delegation to the World Heritage Committee meeting in New Zealand and completed Ministerial correspondence and briefs relating to the List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia.

Third Placement

Environmental Economics Unit

The Environmental Economics Unit provides economic advice and analytical support to program areas and works to achieve better integration of environmental and economic considerations in the Department's decision-making processes. During my rotation I prepared research and advice on issues including waste policy, energy efficiency and methods of economic analysis. Following the Graduate Program, I now have a permanent position in the Unit and continue to work on a range on issues. In particular, I have had the opportunity to work jointly with the Heritage Division to continue the heritage economics work I commenced in my second rotation.

Permanent Position

Environmental Economics Unit

Continuing placement in the Environmental Economics Unit.

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