2019 Graduate Program – Andrew’s Story

2019 Graduate Program – Andrew’s Story

October 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I started in the department in the in-house
consulting firm, the Project Office. And then from there I moved into a joint
ministerial task force looking at a justice system issue. And then moved to
the East Arnhem Land regional network office, which was an incredible
experience and probably the highlight of my time at the program. I have a lot of
really fond memories of being sat down by really senior Elders in the community,
and just sitting me down on the ground asking me to feel the soil and just
listen. I remember distinctly one quote coming from an Indigenous Engagement
Officer, which is a senior Elder who works for the department, and just
telling me that, ‘the land will never leave us and we will never leave the
land’. And in that moment just understanding how important what we do is.