New South Wales
The University of Western Sydney
Bachelor of Policing
Majors: Law enforcement, sociology
Master of Politics and Public Policy
Majors: Public administration, government
Before joining the DEWHA graduate program in 2009 I worked in human resources administration in a private sector consultancy and as a remuneration and benefits officer for a major NGO in Sydney. During my undergraduate studies I completed a period of student work placement with the NSW Police, and while completing my postgraduate studies I ran the university film society and helped organise other student groups on campus.
Compliance Section, Approvals and Wildlife Division
Working in Compliance gave me an excellent understanding of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) - one of the department's most significant pieces of legislation. During my rotation I experienced how the department functions as a regulatory agency and learned about how the Compliance and Enforcement branch supported the division's objectives and also provided compliance support to rest of the department.
I was given ownership of a number of compliance cases which I was required to follow up to determine whether or not a breach of the EPBC Act had occurred, and to present recommendations to the Case Management Committee and the Environment Investigations Unit. The role required frequent liaison with State and local government agencies and members of the public, as well as with other areas of the Approvals and Wildlife division - especially the Wildlife and Environment Assessments branches.
I worked on a project that contributed to the division's intelligence on residential and commercial developments which had the potential to impact on the endangered Southern Cassowary in Queensland's far north coast.
The team's interest in wildlife and their genuine desire to protect Australia's biodiversity made for an excellent working environment. Having come from a law enforcement and public policy background, it was fantastic to learn about our native flora and fauna and how the Australian Government regulates the environment protection laws.
Indigenous Visual Arts Section, Arts Division
During my second rotation I worked in the Arts Division in the Indigenous Visual Arts section. This section is responsible for administering the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) program, which helps to support the viability of Indigenous arts centres (primarily in regional and remote communities). I assisted with the assessment of applications for the program and worked on coordination requests which were used to track the department's progress against the Australian Government's arts and culture election commitments.
Marine Policy Development, Marine Division
My third rotation was in the Marine Policy Development section. In this role I developed a background paper on monitoring compliance with the Part 13A provisions of the EPBC Act, relating to commercial export of shark product. Shark conservation is a major priority for the marine division and I was able to learn a lot about marine biodiversity conservation while working in this section. I also learned more about the development of new policy in the Australian Public Service.
Following the completion of the graduate program I secured a position in the Marine Biodiversity Policy Branch. My work includes developing new policies directed at protecting the marine environment and supporting the Minister and the executive in making decisions which have wide-ranging domestic and international implications.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'