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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Heather

Home State

Canberra

University

Australian National University

Degree/s

Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing, Management and International Business)

Background

After moving to Australia from England (Dad's was in the British Navy) we lived in Melbourne, Darwin and Perth before finally settling in Canberra. I attended ANU where I decided to major in Marketing, Management and International Business as I have always been interested in the people aspect of business. I really enjoyed the human resource's course that was part of my management major and thought this was an area I would like to gain more experience in. After completing University, I joined DEWHA in January 2007 as the Graduate and Leadership Programs admin officer. This gave me a good background into HR in the public service and excellent experience to gain corporate knowledge. It also gave me the opportunity to join the 2008 graduate program.

First Placement

Performance Improvement and Governance, PCD

The Governance Unit is responsible for initiatives to improve the department's ability to deliver outputs for the government. Their key functions are corporate governance advice, internal and external audits, risk management, fraud prevention and control, performance management and annual reports. During my rotation, I assisted with the coordination of the annual report across the department. I also attended meetings with the Environment Audit Committee and the Risk Panel providing minute taking support.

Second Placement

Bioregional Planning North Team, MBD

The Bioregional Planning North Team is involved with the planning and implementation of marine protected areas in the north of Australia. During my rotation, I was lucky enough to go to Darwin to see first hand how the marine protected areas are researched and the issues facing them. My main project for this rotation was to update the department's species profile and threats database (SPRAT) with new information found in the bioregional plans of each planning team. This gave me a wide knowledge of the species found in Australian waters as well as the threats facing them.

Third Placement

Literature and Lending Rights, Culture Group

The Literature and Lending Rights section is responsible for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, coordinating Books Alive and the lending rights system (ELR/PLR), a government program which makes payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers whose works are in public or educational libraries. I joined this rotation with two weeks until the awards ceremony for the first Prime Ministers Literary awards. This gave me great experience at event management and coordination. Now the awards have been completed, I will be undertaking an extensive review of the awards to gain some scope on how they can be developed for next year.

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