I was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. After graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of International Relations, I worked for a commercial law firm in Brisbane. Having always been drawn to politics and policy, particularly in international affairs, I later completed a Master of International Studies at the University of Queensland and applied for a position in the DFAT Graduate Program.
At DFAT, I have worked in the Indonesia Strategic Political and Governance Section, as well as the Legal Division, working on both domestic and international law. Through these rotations I have produced legal advices, briefs for delegates representing Australia at international forums, and submissions to the Foreign Minister. I have also had the opportunity to attend a variety of meetings with key stakeholders, foreign diplomats and colleagues from other departments.
The highlight of my time at the Department was the opportunity to take charge of a major briefing at an exciting time for that particular international issue. It doesn’t sound like much, but writing a brief can be an amazing opportunity to understand and develop policy objectives, navigate political realities, and manage possible media attention. Most excitingly, it provides an opportunity to play a role in the development of Australia’s position on issues of international significance.
Beyond the day-to-day work, the graduate program provides extensive training from leading academics and practitioners to ensure we are well-placed to represent Australia to the international community.
Since moving to Canberra, I have found life-long friends among the wonderful and diverse graduate cohort. Like any major move, the transition to Canberra can be difficult. But it is made all the easier by knowing that I am surrounded by friends. If I can give any advice regarding a move to Canberra, it would be this: jump in. There is plenty to do and see, and you will no doubt find some incredible people with whom to enjoy all that Canberra has to offer.