Each year, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosts recent graduates for the 12-month Graduate Development Program. Graduates get to immerse themselves into different areas in AFMA and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) in three rotations across the year.
One of AFMA’s 2018 graduates, Max, shares a little about his background and why he wanted to be an AFMA graduate.
Can you tell us about your background?
I grew up in Canberra before moving to Melbourne to study marine biology at the University of Melbourne. During this time I was lucky enough to spend some time in Cambodia on a remote island implementing fisheries management techniques to small scale local fisheries and worked towards the construction of a Marine Protected Area in the Kep Archipelago. I then made the long (and sweaty) move to Townsville, where I completed a Master of Science (majoring in fisheries science) examining the interaction of Mobulid rays with Australian fisheries. When I started pursuing marine biology as a career I never thought I would return to Canberra!
What made you apply for the AFMA Graduate Development Program?
After spending some time working with fisheries in Cambodia, I decided to pursue a career in fisheries management, although at the time I had no idea where this would take me. I actually stumbled across the Graduate Development Program whilst trawling through the AFMA website for information on my Master’s project. A push in the right direction from my supervisor at the time was enough to get the ball rolling, and now, here I am!
What are you most looking forward to for your graduate year?
I think the most exciting thing about the graduate year is the vast array of opportunities it presents. On top of the time spent at AFMA, we also rotate through DAWR, giving us greater exposure to government proceedings. As my background to date is purely scientific, I’m very interested in understanding how a government organisation operates so I can contribute positively to its future.
For more information on the AFMA Graduate Development Program, visit afma.gov.au