Anne - 2011 Graduate Program

Universities

  • Australian National University
  • University of Canberra

Qualifications

  • Master of Liberal Arts (Museums and Collections)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture

Placements

First Placement: Ecological Communities Section, Approvals and Wildlife Division

My first rotation was with the Ecological Communities (EC) Section of the Approvals and Wildlife Division. In this rotation, I mainly undertook on a communications role by coordinating and producing the biannual EC Newsletter (Communities for Communities) and developing an engaging and inviting concept plan for the redesign of the EC webpage on the Department's website. In addition to this, I assisted with research on a policy paper and assisted with the assessment and prioritisation of nominations for new threatened ecological communities in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act).

Second Placement: Caring for our Country Review Team, Australian Government Land and Coasts

My second ration was with the Caring for our Country Review Team. This rotation was deliberately chosen 'out of my comfort zone' because I knew there would be plenty of writing tasks involved – an essential APS skill which I was keen to develop. I assisted the review process by analysing and summarising a significant volume of video and hard-copy submissions received by stakeholders towards the review. The results of my analysis were incorporated in the report produced by the Review Team entitled, 'The Story So Far'. This rotation also opened my eyes to the wonderful world of social media and how it can be used as a highly effective tool to communicate and engage with stakeholders – we used facebook, twitter , an online blog and also organised an online chat between Parliamentary Secretary Mike Kelly and a range of stakeholders.

Third and Final Placement: Rio+20 Taskforce, Marine DivisionTaskforce

My third and current rotation is with the Rio+20 Taskforce. The Taskforce is preparing for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is being held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The diversity of tasks in this rotation has sparked my interest in international affairs and has given me a fantastic insight into the Government's role in the international policy arena.

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