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Originally New Zealand; more recently Victoria
Victoria University of Wellington
The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Theatre & Film and Psychology)
Bachelor of Letters (Political Science and Social Theory)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History & Philosophy of Science)
Masters of Arts (by Research) (History & Philosophy of Science)
I was born and raised in New Zealand, where I completed a degree in theatre and film. After uni, I worked in the Ministry of Health for two years; until, like so many of my compatriots, I was struck by an overwhelming desire to leave New Zealand and explore the wider world. My time at the Ministry helped to extinguish any creative ambitions (or delusions) I may have had, so, after getting over the travel bug, I decided to move to Melbourne to undertake further studies in politics and sociology. I spent the better part of the next eight years working in the education sector and/or studying. Amongst other things, I completed a couple of degrees, spent two years teaching English in Japan, and worked at a college teaching international students about Australian society and politics. Eventually growing weary of the postgrad subsistence lifestyle, I decided to try my hand at public service again and made the move to Canberra.
The Irrigation Systems Section is responsible for managing the on-farm irrigation efficiency component of the Government's $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan, and for water policy issues in the Darling River catchment. My work in the section gave me good exposure to program management and policy development. In addition, I gained experience in stakeholder engagement, receiving an opportunity to represent the Department at a water conference in outback Queensland.
The Mining Section is responsible for the environmental assessment of mining projects under the EPBC Act. The major assessment that I worked on in this section was the expansion of BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in South Australia, which has the potential to be one of the largest mining projects in the world. I also worked on other environmental assessments, prepared decision briefs, liaised with proponents, and wrote responses to ministerial correspondence.
The Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Team is responsible for developing policies to promote energy efficiency in Australian commercial buildings. My work in the section involved: contracting with consultants to undertake specialist policy development work; preparing briefs for the Minister; and undertaking project management work. While working in the section, I was called upon to deliver a speech at an international conference in Melbourne.
I have been lucky enough to stay with the Recovery Planning and Implementation section for my final placement. My duties will include coordinating recovery planning for Tasmanian threatened species and ecological communities, planning the development of a monitoring system for threatened species and ecological communities, and contributing to strategic recovery planning issues.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'