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Newcastle, New South Wales
University of Newcastle
University of Leeds UK (Student Exchange)
B Arts (Honours)
I have always been fascinated by culture and have devoted much of my energy to studying, participating in, producing and enjoying it. My Arts major at uni was Media and Cultural Studies and I studied a wide variety of subjects including film studies, sociology and psychology. I have also had experience in radio production, journalism and web production (mostly with university or community organisations). Not wanting to pursue academia any further, nor join the media industry, I was drawn to the public service.
I was accepted by the Department of Communication, IT and the Arts (DCITA) as part of their 2008 Grad intake. However, after the 2007 Federal Election DCITA became Department of Broadband Communication and Digital Economy and I happily followed Arts as it moved to DEWHA. I was really pleased to be able to work for a department that had responsibility for such interesting, diverse and important areas.
Old Parliament House is one of Australia's premier cultural institutions. A new exhibition is opening in 2009 with the working title Gallery of Australian Democracy. For my first placement I acted as an assistant curator with the team responsible for putting the exhibit together.
My main task was sourcing images for the exhibit and obtaining permission for their use. I was in frequent contact with a variety of organisations ranging from the National Archives (just around the corner from OPH) to the Royal Collection Picture Library (UK) and the White House Historical Association (USA). I also completed curatorial research and written work. During my research found a copy of a rare book which was purchased for OPH's collection. It will likely be on display in the upcoming Australian Democracy 2000 Years in the Making exhibit.
My central task during the second rotation was to contribute to the Culture Portal website www.culture.gov.au, a public access gateway to Australian cultural organisations and information. I wrote and published three articles (on Animation, Indigenous Film and Female Filmmakers) to the site and I worked on many more. Like my placement at OPH I sourced and organised licences for the use of images.
During the rotation I also observed the tender process of the Creative Industries and Innovation Centre, prepared a Cultural Minister's Council Brief for the Culture Australia Network Review and completed research into the provision of online resources by collecting organisations.
Strategic Approvals West (SAW) aims to develop and apply strategic planning and approval methods in areas of rapid and large scale development in Western Australia, South Australia and the Territories. Strategic assessments reduce red tape and uncertainty for businesses and communities by assessing broader plans, rather than individual development in turn. More importantly this can avoid a cumulative negative impact of multiple developments ('death by a thousand cuts' as they call it) on regions with National Environmental Significance.
During my rotation, SAW was involved in some topical work involving the Kimberley region and I was exposed to some very interesting issues, stakeholder positions and government processes. I also developed my understanding of the EPBC Act, which is fundamental to the Department's core business.
As well as assisting the team in the section's work, I completed a report about the use of strategic assessments internationally, making suggestions for the application of international strategies to Australia's strategic assessments.
I joined the Creative Industries Team as a Junior Policy Officer at the end of the Graduate Program in December. Creative industries combine culture and commerce, making use of individual creativity, skill and talent to create jobs and wealth (e.g. design, performance arts, film).
The team is involved in creative industries policy development, assisting to administer the Creative Industries Innovation Centre and advising the Minister on relevant policy areas including the games industry. The subject area is well suited to my interests in culture and digital media. A key challenge for the team in 2009 is the development and implementation of a Strategic Digital Industry Plan (a vision statement for creative industries).
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'