Michael was raised in Cairns, and has connections to the Torres Strait Islands through his grandfather from Ugar (Stephen) Island and the Kokoberra people through his Grandmother.
He has been in the APS for eight years, and is currently employed as a Project Officer with the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) in Canberra, working in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Solutions Branch where he assists in managing ICT contracts, Memorandums of Understanding and whole of government panels. He enjoys his job, as any given day is never the same.
Michael started his APS career through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme (IAGDP), studying a Diploma in Contract Management. He got to see first-hand how programmes are developed and implemented, which increased his interest in the APS and furthering his career. He has continued his studies, and is now undertaking a Business degree. Michael feels that the APS has given him the right tools to be able to complete his degree and help develop himself into a leader within his workplace and family.
Having made the move to Canberra, Michael has been able to remain close to culture by joining the ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation. He also has made good friendships, which have provided both professional and personal advice to ensure that he is always on the right track.
Like so many of us, Michael's family and friends have been a big inspiration to him, helping him keep on track with his goals both professionally and personally, and get through his first year in Canberra and the APS.
He encourages other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to join the APS:
"It's a great way to start your professional career and contribute to community, and has assisted me in my professional and personal development. I've developed great working relationships and networks, and gained skills I can carry with me into the future." Michael's advice for anyone thinking about an APS career is to be yourself – keep your sense of self, and keep learning! Learning will help develop you into the person you want to be.