I have a Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. I am also admitted to practise as a lawyer in Victoria.
Like for many others, landing at DFAT was something of a journey. I started my substantive working life at the Department of Defence, which was my first exposure to DFAT and the practical application of diplomacy and international relations. After a few years, I returned to Victoria to study and work in the legal sector, but I knew DFAT was where I wanted to be. I applied and was fortunate to join the 2015 Policy Graduate Program.
I currently work in the Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Section, which is a diverse and fascinating patch. During the graduate program, I rotated through placements across bilateral, development, multilateral, corporate and trade desks. This broad exposure quickly familiarised me with the totality of the department’s work. I have been lucky to learn from some extraordinary people from a variety of backgrounds, especially useful ahead of my first posting to Kuala Lumpur in 2019.
My time at DFAT has been rewarding, although not without its challenges. The work always requires energy, focus, dedication and often with high expectations attached. However, once you navigate the department’s peculiarities and find your own working rhythm, there are significant benefits on offer. I always have engaging issues to work through and have represented the department in Australia and overseas.
I am a proud Melburnian, but Canberra is now unconditionally home – a small, but important distinction to make. Making a go of Canberra is a two-way street and unsurprisingly, the more effort you put into the city and diving into what Canberra has to offer, the more you will enjoy it.