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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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Emily S

Home State

Victoria

University

Deakin University

Degree/s

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management)

Background

Growing up in rural Victoria I gained an appreciation of the environment and being in natural spaces. After completing my degree in 2003 I travelled around North America and Europe, before living in the UK for 4 years. During this time I was involved as a volunteer in a number of environmental organisations (including the Australian Conservation Volunteers - World Conservation Program, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust) completing practical conservation work, and creating resources for education for sustainability activities. I also gained experience in a position at a National Forest education/visitor centre leading education for sustainability programmes. After also getting married and having my baby girl in the UK, I have returned to Australia and I'm keen to experience new challenges and broaden my knowledge in the environment field through opportunities in the department.

First Placement

Corporate Strategies Division/Information Systems and Education/Sustainability Education

The Sustainability Education Section promotes and uses education for sustainability to support the Department's vision of a sustainable Australia. During my placement within this team my tasks included:

Second Placement

Corporate Strategies Division/People Management Branch/New Building and Environmental Performance Team

This section manages and reports on the internal environmental performance of the department including the ISO 14001:2004 accredited Environmental Management System. During this rotation I:

Third Placement

Water Efficiency Division/National Irrigation Efficiency Branch/Irrigation Systems Section

This section manages policy and program relating to irrigation systems and the Northern Murray Darling Basin region. This includes; On-farm irrigation efficiency policy and program delivery, State priority projects - Queensland and northern NSW, Darling catchment policy issues, election commitments - Nyngan-Warren pipeline, Oberon timber complex recycled water project, Lithgow clarence colliery recycled water project, stakeholder engagement strategies, Cubby station and water intensive crops. During this rotation I:

Final Placement

Water Governance Division/Urban Water Security Branch/Green Precincts Fund Section

This section manages the Green Precincts Fund, which in 2009 will announce the support for at least 10 high-profile demonstration projects with funding of $15 million over four years. The Green Precincts Fund's objectives are to support project initiatives that encourage water and energy savings measures at the community level. The Section also manages the new Water Efficiency Opportunities program.

My position as Project Officer within this team involves:

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