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Profiles

Profiles of current Aboriginal Victorian Public Service employees

Natasha Kennedy
Environmental Officer
VicRoads

Based in Ballarat, Natasha has nearly four years experience as a VicRoads Environmental Officer.

Natasha's responsibilities include vegetation and pest management, dealing with noise and safety issues and mitigating environmental impact surrounding Victorian roads.

"People don't often think about all the environmental factors surrounding our roads. They think of VicRoads as customer centres or road workers. It's important and often challenging to balance safety, environmental and cultural concerns when developing our infrastructure".

Natasha is also the contact for cultural heritage issues throughout her region, which expands from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border, and all the way up to Mildura, allowing her to work within her traditional lands of the Wimmera area.

"This role provides a great deal of variety, and I get to work in the field a lot. This is really valuable to me, like anyone sharing this connection to country as an Aboriginal person".

Natasha began her VPS career in a role with Parks Victoria following completion of her Diploma in natural resource management. Over two years later, Natasha needed a new challenge.

"I enjoyed the role with Parks Vic but I needed a new challenge. When the Vic Roads role became available I thought it would be a great challenge- unlike state parks, this environment was not already protected."

Natasha was the first Indigenous environmental officer employed at VicRoads, ensuring consideration for cultural issues and providing invaluable knowledge and experience in working with local Indigenous communities.

Natasha is involved in a number of networks and programs including Aboriginal employee networks and committees, along with general networks such as the Institute of Public Administration Australia and regional VPS networks.

Natasha aims to further her study and VPS career in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

 

Terry Garwood
Executive Director
Freight, Logistics and Marine Division
Department of Transport

Terry Garwood

Terry is the most senior Aboriginal Public Servant in the Victorian Public Sector. He has worked in the Public Service in for over 30 years in Canberra, Melbourne, Bendigo and Wangaratta in a variety of departments and agencies including the Departments of Transport, Human Services and Employment, Education and Training, as well as in Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, the Aboriginal Development Commission and Aboriginal Hostels Limited.

Terry grew up in Shepparton and went to LaTrobe University. He has been involved with many Aboriginal community based organisations including the Aborigines Advancement League and Camp Jungai Co-operative. He has also been a member of the Board of the Museum of Victoria for nine years.

Terry's current position is Executive Director, Freight Logistics and Marine Division in the Department of Transport. He has occupied that position for four years and is responsible for advising the Government on freight and logistics policy as well as local and commercial port operations.

"I love working in the Public Service as it is all about providing the very best services to the community and supporting our future prosperity as a community. There are tremendous and fulfilling career opportunities in the Victorian Public Sector and I have no hesitation in commending a job in the Public Service to anyone who is interested in making a positive difference to the lives of people."

"Karreeta Yirramboi is a great initiative that confirms the value of Aboriginal people seeking a career in the Public Sector."

For more information about opportunities for Indigenous applicants in the Victorian Government, click here.