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Linden

Home State

Victoria

University

University of Melbourne

Degree/s

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Political Science), Diploma of Modern Languages (Italian)

Background

I grew up and completed high school in country Victoria before moving to Melbourne to complete my university degree. I majored in political science but also took subjects in history, environmental studies, international studies, English literature and Italian. Over the course of my university degree I developed a fascination for the complexities of environmental politics, leading me to eventually write my political science honours thesis on the politics of 'green consumerism'.

While my studies led me toward an interest in the environment, my extra-curricular activity (theatre and community radio) was largely centred around my passion for arts and culture. It was this passion that inspired me to apply for the graduate program in what was in 2007 the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Following the 2007 election the Arts was merged with the Department of Environment and Water Resources, and having a strong interest both the environment and the arts, I was very pleased to take up the opportunity of joining the Arts and Culture Divisions in the newly formed Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

First Placement

Indigenous Whole of Government Policy Unit, National Network Section, Arts Division

The Indigenous Whole of Government Policy Unit is responsible for providing advice to senior management on Indigenous issues as they relate to arts and culture and provides coordination for DEWHA's Indigenous arts and culture programs.

I assisted in the work of the section by conducting a review of a manual providing advice on grants management to DEWHA staff located in the Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) around Australia, by updating a complaints handling guide, and by developing a template for ICC staff seeking departmental legal advice.

I was also heavily involved in the section's ongoing work in relation to the 2007 Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), as well as to the changes to the Indigenous Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program. During my time in the section I gained valuable insight into the intergoverntal management of Indigenous issues across a range of departments, including Prime Minister and Cabinet, FaHCSIA and DEEWR.

Later in my graduate year I took up an opportunity to spend a fascinating and inspiring week working with the DEWHA staff in the Alice Springs Indigenous Coordination Centre. A highpoint of this week was attending the opening of a DEWHA-funded arts centre in the remote Indigenous community of Ali Curung.

Second Placement

Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme, Water Governance Division

The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme regulates the water efficiency of whitegoods and plumbing products. The scheme requires the placement of water efficiency star-rating labels on products to provide consumers with water consumption information they can use in their purchasing decisions.

While with WELS I drafted public communications materials on scheme compliance and gained procurement experience through managing a contract with a consultant for the development of a booklet on WELS cost-effectiveness. I also gained exposure to the legislative review process, as well as to the development of cost-benefit analyses and regulation impact assessments for new products under examination for inclusion in the scheme. While with WELS, I liaised with a very diverse and interesting range of stakeholders, including plumbing industry executives, academics working on sustainability issues and state government officials.

Third Placement

Arts Support and Contemporary Music Section, Arts Division

The Arts Support and Contemporary Music Section is responsible for work on the Government's election commitments relating to the contemporary music industry, copyright and intellectual property protection for artists, and artists' welfare.

During this rotation I prepared an issues paper on ways to protect artist's copyright in an era of increasing digitisation of art and music and major changes in consumer patterns. I also assisted in the general work of the section by preparing briefing for the Minister on contemporary music issues and providing secretariat support to an interdepartmental working group and committee for the development of a contemporary music industry strategy. This section gave me a fascinating insight into how election commitments are developed into Government policies.

Permanet Placement

I was fortunate enough to secure a permanent position as a policy officer with the Arts Support Section, Arts Division. I am now working on policy development supporting the implementation of a number of Government election commitments relating to artists' intellectual property and artists' welfare issues. I find it very exciting and extremely rewarding to help make election commitments into fully realised Government policies and programs that will have positive impacts on artists' lives and the arts in Australia more broadly.

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