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Bringing fresh energy to policy work

The Building Industry and Policy division is a particularly busy environment, as the team works hard to deliver the Queensland Building Plan. So, when Madeleine Sutherland came on board as a HPW graduate in March 2016, the timing could not have been better.

“I came into HPW, after applying to the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Policy Futures Program,” she said.

“I’ve been able to work with a number of teams in the building, plumbing and drainage, QBCC and contract services spaces since joining BIP, and the policy skills I’ve developed along the way have been fantastic.

“I’m working as an advisor in the QBCC team at the moment, and it’s an interesting time as we start to look beyond the Queensland Building Plan consultation at the next steps in terms of policy development,” she explained.

Madeleine, who was admitted as a lawyer last year, holds qualifications in both law and arts and graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015. She said working at HPW has enabled her to broaden her understanding of the policy process from start to finish.

“When we talk about policy at Uni, it’s almost like a jargon term. Coming in to BIP, I’ve been able to immerse myself in the full process of policy and really understand how laws are made.”

It’s not just a better grasp of policy that has enhanced Madeleine’s development on the job, but also HPW’s willingness to give her opportunities to get out into the community.

During the recent Tropical Cyclone Debbie weather event, Madeleine signed on for the Ready Reserve, and was deployed to the Beenleigh Recovery Hub to help gather intelligence about impact zones, provide information to the public and talk to residents about their experience.

She said the experience working at the Hub has added another dimension to her day-to-day policy work.

“Getting out and speaking to people is so important, because that’s where the rubber hits the road and where we can truly understand whether what we do here in the city, actually works out there in practice.

“Working with policy, I think it’s especially important to be in touch with what’s happening in the community, and I’m grateful to the BIP team for enabling me to take on a Ready Reserve placement.

“The way HPW looks after its employees is very impressive, and that’s certainly something that’s acknowledged across my friends working both within and outside of government,” Madeleine said.

While Madeleine’s not sold on any particular plan for her future, she is enjoying being able to see a critical piece of work like the Queensland Building Plan through from consultation to the first phases of implementation.

 “Right now, I’m looking at the security of payments aspects of the Queensland Building Plan, and really looking forward to seeing this work progress over the months ahead.”

Last updated 22 September 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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