2020-21 Australian Science Policy Fellow: Charity

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Charity, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

What were you researching before you started as a Science Policy Fellow?

I am passionate about all things water! For the past few years, I have been working as a spatial scientist and providing advice on catchment health and water quality in NSW. I have also been invested time working with organisations championing science, for example the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Homeward bound, the International River Foundation and Science and Technology Australia.

What policy area are you working on through the Science Policy Fellowship Program?

I am embedded within the National Water Grid Authority science policy team. I am applying my analytical skills in evidence-based decision making as we work closely with Australia’s leading national science institutions.

How has your research background helped you contribute to policy development?

Issues in the water space are complex with a diverse range of stakeholders and competing interests. I am using my experience in scientific research to identify gaps in water science, review scientific reports and strengthen interactions between stakeholders, policymakers and scientists.

How has the program changed your career aspirations?

The program has affirmed to me that there is an increasing need for science and research in policymaking. I am assured that the skills I have are very important, wherever I go in the future.

What is your favourite part about working in a policy role in the Australian Public Service?

No day is the same and this always gets me excited as I anticipate the day's challenges and opportunities. Working with stakeholders who are very passionate about all things water is very motivational too. The APS has diverse opportunities and employees, which makes it a great place to work and learn.