Margaret's Story

Margaret is from Cairns (Yidinji), Port Coral Coast Region: Gurang/ Gooreng Gooreng. In the Torres Strait Islands Mer and Mabuiag. Her grandfather was born in Lockhart River Mission in Cape York.

She got her start through the APS Indigenous Graduate Program, and it has been an eye opener for Margaret to see how the Government works from the inside.

Margaret says 'There's great pay, flexibility and experience. You can travel all around the country and be able to see first hand what the issues are in communities, which will help when making any decision on community matters'.

Margaret currently works in the G20 Policy Branch as a Policy Advisor, supporting the Prime Minister to maximise our influence in the forum and advance Australia's national interests. She enjoys working with a great team. She also has the opportunity to engage with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a whole-of-government approach to the G20.

'I want to be able to create innovative economic development and infrastructure in remote and regional areas. I want to observe how successful mainstream and other international economies operate.  I can use these frameworks in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander regional areas, which will give an opportunity for our people to add to the Australian economy' says Margaret.

'I'm developing new skills and learnings from senior executives, with information and ideas to update my knowledge base. In the future I would like to play an influential part in the election of our first Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Prime Minister of Australia' Margaret said.

'We need more Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the APS because we have more understanding of the issues faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders today, and they can be resolved in a bipartisan manner. We can develop our own polices, empower our people to become self-sufficient and advance the interests of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the international community'.