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Hr Admin Trainee

Department for Child Protection

Tell us about your career pathway.

I always wanted to work in government. I spent 15 years in the care system and I didn't want kids to grow up like I did. I want to help them with as much support as I can give to get them out of troublesome situations, and I felt working in government would be a great way to do this.

Before joining the Department for Child Protection, I completed a two-week pre-employment course through Tauondi Aboriginal College and then applied for a government traineeship. I then went through the public sector's Aboriginal Employment Register to get placed in my role. I'm also studying a Certificate III in Business Administration as part of my traineeship. I am part of the first group of trainees through the newly-created SA Public Sector Aboriginal Traineeship Program.

What does an average day look like?

I provide administration support in the Human Resources team, which means my daily tasks may range from contracts processing to scheduling meetings and monitoring our inbox. I also spend time mentoring young people and attending meetings outside of the office, where I am a face for the position I work in.

What do you love about your job?

Getting employed in the public sector means the world to me. I love the positive, team environment and the support I receive from my work peers and my mentor, who manages the Aboriginal Traineeship Program. I enjoy the new knowledge and skills I'm gaining, and I hope to work directly with vulnerable children in the field at the end of my traineeship.

Why do you do what you do?

I always wanted to work for Child Protection to give back. I want to be a role model for the kids that are in care now and to help show them that they should never give up. I have passion for my work and I love building my knowledge base, which will help me with my future career.

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

There are a lot of opportunities in the public sector. My traineeship allows me to build my knowledge, learning and gain more friends and work connections. My confidence is growing every day.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

South Australia is home for me! I don't see myself in any other State - I'm well connected in my community here and I just want to help a lot of people who need it, particularly young people.