Gabrielle - 2010 Graduate Program

Background

Home State: Queensland
University: Griffith University
Qualifications: Bachelor of Communication (Marketing and Public Relations)

While at university, Gabrielle gained work experience in volunteer public relations positions involving media relations, event management and marketing. After graduation, she was employed in the media taking a role in journalism, advertising, photography and design. Gabrielle joined the 2010 Graduate Program and has since worked in public affairs, program administration and compliance positions in natural resource management, arts and culture.

Placements

First Placement: Communications Section, Australian Government Land and Coasts

Australian Government Land and Coasts was a unique division operating between the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The internal communications team liaised with clients across both departments to develop public affairs products for the Caring for Our Country program. The work provided a snapshot of natural resource management and communications from strategic planning and documentation to fast-paced functions such as drafting talking points, developing advertising copy, proofreading, monitoring media and organising events.

Second Placement: Regional Arts Section, Arts Division

The Regional Arts Section managed the Playing Australia, Contemporary Music Touring and Festivals Australia programs. The team provided secretariat support to the program committees, managed grants and handled enquiries from the public. Activities in this placement involved hands-on communicating with the public, drafting meeting papers, preparing minutes, screening funding applications, assessing financial statements, reviewing program guidelines and providing general administrative support.

Third Placement: Cultural Property and Marine Section, Culture Division

Cultural Property section administered the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1968. The section dealt with public collecting institutions, exporters, universities and other cultural bodies to regulate the import and export of significant cultural objects such as artwork, heritage machinery and fossils. The work presented a mix of activities from processing export permit applications and supporting enforcement action to developing strategies, preparing awareness products and drafting Ministerial briefs.

Current Placement: Collections Support and Access Section, Culture Division

The Collections Support and Access section administers the Visions of Australia, Contemporary Touring Initiative and Cultural Gifts Programs. The section provides secretariat support to two committees, liaises with public institutions and manages visual arts touring grants. The work involves entering and extracting data from program databases, answering applicant enquiries, managing funding contracts, processing acquittal statements, financial reporting, preparing general correspondence and drafting Ministerial briefs.

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