I’m Amy. I’m a Wiradjuri woman who lives in Dubbo, NSW. I’m a descendant of the Muruwari and Kamilaroi tribes on my father’s side.
I joined the Department of Human Services as part of the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP) in 2016.
I applied for the IAP after a friend told me about the programme. I’ve always wanted to work in a job that gave back to the community. The IAP provided me with the opportunity to do this. As a single mother, I want to be an example for my two sons. The work-life balance and supportive environment of the Australian Public Service also appealed to me.
I work in the Dubbo Seniors processing team. I love my role and the flexibility the department provides me. The IAP has given me opportunities I would have never had in other work environments. I love learning about the complex older Australians and Commonwealth Seniors Claims and challenging myself.
My team leader, trainer and colleagues have encouraged and supported me. There is always somebody willing to help.
I aspire to represent Indigenous people and help the community. Now I have finished my Certificate IV in Government, I would like to finish my Community Services Diploma. My goal is to work as an Indigenous Service Officer or Multicultural Service Officer.
The highlight of the programme was our graduation ceremony. It was great being surrounded by Indigenous people and listening to everybody’s stories. I felt proud receiving my certificate from the Secretary. My sons were watching the live stream from home. It showed them what you can achieve when you put in hard work.
The IAP is a great opportunity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The programme helps break down barriers and get more Indigenous people into the workforce. I encourage those considering applying for the IAP to apply.