What's your job about?
I work on the federal government's policy positions with respect to non-compliance in the childcare sector. We develop educational materials for those who just misunderstand their requirements as well as look at trends and possible consequences we can implement for those practices that are deliberately fraudulent.
What's your background?
I studied theoretical physics (topics such as general relativity and quantum mechanics) at university. I majored in physics, chemistry and specialist maths in high school in the ACT, and before that studied in a binational and bilingual school in Canberra which means I have a French and Australian high school certificate (and completed maths, history, geography, science etc in both languages until year 10).
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Yes, there are people in my team with backgrounds in law, psychology, arts and international relations. The core requirements are good communication skills and an ability to learn on the job.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
What we do has a direct effect on the country. A policy we come up with could change what childcare providers have to do, or how easily they can access information and therefore how effectively they run their business, and so on. It helps to motivate me to do things to a high standard, but also comes with some pressure and responsibility.
What are the limitations of your job?
The number of approvals things have to go through are a blessing and a curse. While it means things get double and triple checked, it does also limit how quickly a task gets done, and it sometimes feels as though your original work gets lost in the red tape.
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