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Joanne

Lecturer

Justice Policing and Property Services, TAFE SA

Tell us about your career pathway.

After studying law, I worked as a lawyer mainly in community legal centres and as the People’s Lawyer in Kiribati (a small island in the Pacific). I transferred to the Attorney-General’s Department to take up a role working in policy.

I moved to TAFE SA, initially for an international project training paralegals in Samoa and coordinating a parliamentary official visit from Vietnam. I have been at TAFE SA for 13 years. While working at TAFE SA I obtained a Bachelor of Adult Education in service education and training of adults, and became a Senior Lecturer with responsibility for a number of programs in the Justice and Policing Studies area.

What does an average day look like?

My day is very varied. I teach several courses, coordinate programs and meet with clients from a number of primarily government agencies on special projects including SAPOL, the Department for Correctional Services and Aboriginal Affairs. This year I delivered part of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in China for five weeks to business, law and English language lecturers at Guangdong Engineering Polytechnic.

What do you love about your job?

I love the variety. This year I have worked in China, the APY Lands, Point Pearce Aboriginal Community and Port Augusta with students from a range of backgrounds.

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds. I love the challenge of communicating complex legal and governance concepts in a meaningful way to promote the application of this knowledge in the workplace.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

I have worked in the public and non-government sector for most of my career. I love the flexibility and variety of the work. I am also committed to providing a service to the public.

I love teaching and working across different agencies, departments and the community.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I was born in South Australia and most of family are here.

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