Lawyer - Legal branch
Legal services division, Canberra
I joined CASA in February 2014 as part the 12 month graduate development program (GDP). Unlike other graduate programs, CASA's GDP allowed me to specialise in my area of expertise as well as engage in a unique environment that is the aviation sector. I came to CASA with a bachelor degree in law and justice and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice. Prior to commencing with CASA, I worked for another government regulatory body in Queensland.
As a lawyer in the legal branch I am responsible for providing general legal advice and assistance to CASA officers and managers on regulatory and enforcement-related matters, drafting legislative and non-legislative instruments as well as assisting with preparation and conduct of matters before the administrative appeals tribunal, the high court, the federal court as well as the coroner's court. I have had the opportunity to participate in litigation and enforcement processes. This opportunity has led to interstate travel as well as facilitated my engagement with a wide network of individuals both internally and externally to CASA.
One of the greatest assets I gained from the GDP was the exposure and opportunities I received across multiple business areas which further enhanced my understanding of CASA as the regulator and its functions. Since completing the GDP, I have been able to progress my career as a lawyer and obtain a higher position within the legal branch.
I am almost in my third year with CASA, and since starting I have been continually rewarded with engaging and interesting legal work. I have also been able to build relationships that are solid and beneficial to my work. CASA is a workplace which enables you to strike a work life balance and maintain your professional development.