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University of Queensland


Bachelor of Veterinary Science (2009)
Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies (2002)
Master of Philosophy (2005)


I'm a veterinary science graduate from Queensland. I had some great opportunities working in the field of veterinary science in Australia and Canada, but I was looking to try something new. I applied for the 2009 DEWHA Graduate Program because I have always had an interest in environmental issues.


First Placement

Strategic Approvals East

My first placement was with the Strategic Approvals East section. A strategic approval is a relatively new form of assessment and approval process that can be applied to entire policies, plans or programs (e.g. plans for urban expansion around a capital city) as opposed to traditional assessments that focus on smaller individual projects. Strategic approvals are designed to facilitate outcomes in protecting the environment and securing appropriate development. During my time with the section I assisted with various aspects of strategic assessments of development proposals in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. I had the opportunity to perform basic research, familiarise myself with aspects of Australia's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and participate in meetings with various state government representatives during this placement.

Second Placement

Natural Heritage East

My second placement was in Natural Heritage East. During this placement I had a project to undertake involving researching the heritage values of the Tarkine region in Tasmania (which had been nominated for inclusion on the National Heritage List). I was also involved in writing advice to the minister in a brief about the heritage significance of the Tarkine. Some months after I finished this placement it was announced that the Tarkine had been included on the National Heritage List by the minister under the emergency provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Third Placement

Water Strategies

My final placement was in Water Strategies. In this placement I was involved in organising a study tour for a delegation of officials from the Chinese Government who were visiting to gain greater understanding of water resource management. I also spent time writing replies to letters received by the department and performing secretariat work.

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