Jennifer - 2010 Graduate Program



Home State: Queensland
University: University of Queensland
Qualifications:Masters of Natural Resource Economics
Bachelor of Business Management
Bachelor of Science

Before joining the Department, I worked for over six years in the Banking and Finance Industry, in a variety of operational, service and management roles. My work has focused on customer service, risk and project management.

In 2008, I had the opportunity to travel through Europe and Asia. During my trip, I became aware of the growing importance of sustainability, and the link between the environment and the economy. Inspired by my travels I went back to university to complete my Masters in Natural Resource Economics.

I wanted to work for the Department to contribute to implementing policy, programs and legislation for the protection and enhancement of the environment. The graduate program has provided me an excellent opportunity to get a broad exposure to the department, work with some fabulous people, and make some great friends.


First Placement: Policy Coordination Division, Strategic Advice Branch, Economic and Strategic Policy Section

My first rotation provided an excellent opportunity to work on policy and cross cutting issues, including:

  • Contributing to the development of environmental economics briefings
  • Providing input to whole-of-government policy issues such as population and sustainability
  • Drafting of ministerial correspondence and briefings

Second Placement: Water Efficiency Division, Irrigation Efficiency Northern Branch, NSW Priority Projects Section

My second rotation provided a strong foundation in program management, and grants administration including;

  • Providing supporting for the $650 million Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in NSW
  • Contributing to the development and management of funding agreements and service contracts
  • Providing procurement support for the section's projects and programs, such as the NSW State Priority Projects

Third Placement: Approvals and Wildlife Division, Environmental Assessments Branch, Commonwealth and Territories Section

My third placement provided a great opportunity to learn about the application of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), including:

  • Participating in analytical problem solving, and the preparation of high-level advice to the Executive
  • Assessing the likely impacts of development projects on the environment under the EPBC Act (such as a mining proposal in Western Australia)
  • Liaising with various levels of government, industry, scientists, and the community.

I am happy to have secured a final placement in this section where I hope to build on the skills and knowledge gained throughout the grad year.

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