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Jessica

Jessica

Home State

NSW

University

Sydney University

Degree/s

B Liberal Studies (Hons) - Chemistry and History majors

Background

When I started university I was not sure what I wanted to do. I originally planned to major in Anthropology along with Chemistry, but after the first year changed over to History which I then continued through to Honours.

Whilst at university I worked part-time as a Maths/English/Chemistry tutor and developed a love of teaching people (although not in a classroom situation where I would be faced with 30 students at once!).

A friend at uni told me about the Graduate Programs in Canberra and I applied for a number of them impressed by the training graduates received. When I was offered a job at DEWHA I accepted immediately and looked forward to working in a department with such a large scope.

First Placement

Fuel and Used Oil Policy, Environment Standards Branch, Environment Quality Division.

When I was first placed in this section I was not sure what to expect. I had never studied biofuels before and the prospect of having to familiarise myself with this topic very quickly was initially a bit daunting. But before I knew it I was talking to people about biofuels as if I had studied them for years! And working with such a nice team was an added bonus.

Being in a policy section for my first rotation was also beneficial as it introduced me to the workings of government - to, for example, ministerial correspondence and briefs - as well as the workings of the department. I worked with an inter-departmental working group and also attended meetings with an intra-departmental working group.

Second Placement

Private Sector Support, Arts Development and Training, Arts Division.

Private Sector Support is responsible for administering the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) and for dealings with the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF).

I was able to help with the day to day administration of ROCO - assessing applications, preparation of briefs to the Minister and assisting in a ROCO review. I also contributed to the work surrounding reappointments to the AbaF Board and the AbaF Funding Deed. This rotation gave me an appreciation of the program administration side of the department.

My main project whilst in this section was to do a research project titled, Taxation Incentives and Private Sector Support for the Arts. This was a project that was balanced with my other work in the section, the results of which I presented at a Branch Meeting.

Third Placement

Booderee National Park - Visitor Services Team, Parks Australia South, Parks Australia Division.

I was in the Education and Legal section of the Visitor Services Team working on some interpretive education packages for secondary students. This involved stakeholder consultation with other staff members, the Booderee Interps Committee and local teachers.

Apart from this I was also able to participate in the day to day workings of the park - going out on patrol, attending interpretive walks with school/university groups, talking to the Park Services Team about their role in the park and becoming familiar with the concept of joint management.

And what a location!!

Final placement

Residential Buildings Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Branch, Renewables and Energy Efficiency Division.

The Residential Buildings Efficiency Team is responsible for managing a number of programs, such as NatHERS, Your Home and Your Development, as well as drafting policy advice for the Minister regarding energy efficiency in the residential sector.

My position within this team is one of project management. I manage some of the Your Home and Your Development projects and am required to liaise with stakeholders and various other sections within the department. I am also exposed to complex legal and procurement arrangements.

This is all very topical work and an exciting division to work with.

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