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University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Growing up in Sydney, I have always had access to the artistic opportunities of a capital city. Consequently, I developed a love of film, theatre and literature at a young age. After finishing high school I decided to pursue my passion for literature and film by studying Arts at the University of Sydney.
Travelling around Western Europe enhanced my enthusiasm for the development of the arts in Australia, and on finishing university I jumped at the chance to put this passion to a practical use through a position with the Department.
This section is responsible for implementing the Heritage Management Plan for Old Parliament House and protecting the building as a site of national historical significance. In my first rotation I was responsible for assessing the use of the heritage database within OPH and developing a Use Plan for the program. I also had the opportunity to develop a Communications Strategy for the Heritage section. It was fascinating to work within a Heritage building and have hands-on experience with heritage concerns and procedures.
In my second rotation I assisted my section to provide secretariat support for the COAG Working Group on Climate Change and Water, Water Sub Group, and I worked on the restructure and redesign of the Water Group web site. Working on the COAG process allowed me to understand the way inter-governmental processes function and see the development of environmental policy first-hand. I was also able to refine my coordination and organisational skills and gain excellent experience working in a collaborative environment to tight deadlines.
Developing a business needs analysis for the Water website allowed me to develop an appreciation for the need to communicate clearly and efficiently with staff and external stakeholders about water reform. I also had to opportunity to develop and manage a consultancy contract.
My third rotation allowed me to gain experience working with the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) and the Indigenous Culture Support (ICS) programs. After working in the emerging policy environment of Water it was interesting to come to an established program area. I assisted with the development of program guidelines and assessment criteria for the 2009-10 funding round, which involved inter-departmental experience dealing with FaHCSIA and AGD. My work included the introduction of triennial funding into the program guidelines for the first time.
I found it highly rewarding to contribute to a program which supports Indigenous languages and cultural programs, many of which could not exist without Departmental funding. Working with Indigenous affairs gave me a new perspective on the importance of protecting Australia's Indigenous heritage and working towards a wide acceptance of cultural diversity.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'