Our 2015 Graduates
Where in Australia are you from?
I am originally a Sydney-sider. However I have been slowly making my way south, studying at the University of Wollongong and then settling in Canberra.
What did you study at University?
I studied a Bachelor of International Studies and a Bachelor of Law.
What made you decide to apply for the Infrastructure and Regional Development Graduate Development Program?
I am embarrassed to admit that I did not know all that much about the Department when I approached the Infrastructure booth at the Big Meet in Sydney. In fact, I shamefully thought the Department had no need for an International Studies/Law graduate!
To my surprise I walked away fascinated, the Department's portfolio was so broad and the breadth of opportunity was appealing. After doing some research, and chatting to past graduates, the decision to apply (and later accept a placement) was an easy one.
What do you think makes the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Graduate Program different?
The Graduate Development Program (GDP) is different because it incorporates on-the-job training through three diverse rotations, with education through the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, and formal training courses. These aspects of the program, in addition to the demands of running the Social Club, make the program challenging and rewarding.
What type of training and development opportunities were offered?
The GDP is jam-packed with training and development opportunities. Compulsory training varied, some of the more interesting courses included: procurement basics, working and writing for Ministers, introduction to regulation and presentation skills (just to name a few).
Individual rotations will also expose graduates to a range of development and training opportunities. During my placement in the Office of Transport Security I was fortunate enough to do risk and security training at the Crawford School ANU, and in Ministerial and Parliamentary Services I worked in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office at Australian Parliament House.
What is an interesting piece of work that you have been involved with?
Throughout the GDP I had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of tasks, from transport security to aviation negotiations. One piece of work that stood out for me involved drafting a security report on the risks associated with interstate ferries. I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with industry partners, internal and external stakeholders, in addition to exploring security issues relevant to transport safety in Australia.
What is your current position and main tasks?
My current position is in the International Standards Section of the Aviation and Airports Division, which manages Australia's involvement in the United Nations civil aviation body the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
My main tasks include managing the day-to-day administration required to support Australia's representative on the ICAO council and Australia's representative to the Air Navigation Commission, in addition to responding to State letters issued by ICAO, liaising with Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices to co-ordinate joint environmental policy responses, and contributing to Australia's 2016 re-election bid to the ICAO council.
I am also responsible for working on Australia's environmental action plan and I undertake ad hoc research tasks associated with a range of aviation environmental protection issues.
What are your future goals?
My short-term goal is to complete my Masters of International Law and continue to build my skills and experience in diverse areas of the Department. At the risk of sounding a little cliché, in the long-term I would love to broaden my skills base by working abroad in an international post.