Our 2015 Graduates

Matthew Cropper

photograph of Matthew Cropper

Where in Australia are you from?

Thirroul, in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, NSW.

What did you study at University?

I did a Communication and Media Studies/Arts double degree at the University of Wollongong, majoring in French and journalism, and minoring in Spanish and international studies.

What made you decide to apply for the Infrastructure and Regional Development Graduate Development Program?

I initially applied out of an interest in working in the broader APS, but this Department soon stood out as the most invested in its graduate program, with a highly professional recruitment process. This is reflected in the Department's ranking at the top of APS graduate programs in 2014 and 2015. The portfolio area is a very diverse one, with a range of projects and programs affecting large numbers of Australians. Finally, there is also a healthy organisational culture that is reflected in the Department's good reputation as a workplace.

What do you think makes the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Graduate Program different?

The range of opportunities offered by the graduate program, including the Industry Tour, Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, training and development and more, is second to none. The Department leaves no stone unturned in preparing its graduates for the APS5 level.

What type of training and development opportunities were offered?

The amount and variety of training and development offered by the Infrastructure graduate program is remarkable. We've learnt the full range of skills required to work to a high level within the APS, from working for ministers, stakeholder engagement and career development to presentation skills, legislation and regulation training, and of course the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.

What is your current position and main tasks?

I work in the Media and Communications section of the Communications branch in the Corporate Services division. This position is directly relevant to my academic background and I am finding it highly rewarding. My main tasks include coordinating event briefs and communications materials (media releases, talking points, etc.) for ministers and other Australian Government representatives attending milestone events for projects funded by the Department's infrastructure investment and regional development programs. I also coordinate media enquiries, provide information to members of the public and liaise closely with counterparts in state governments, local councils and community organisations to increase the media profile of the Government and Department.

What are your future goals?

My career objectives are closely aligned with my sporting goals as an elite football (soccer) referee. While the flexibility and balance of the APS is an important part of my decision to work in the public service, I am also focused on developing my skills in the media and communications field and being the most versatile, capable and dependable officer I can be. Always taking opportunities to be exposed to the diverse range of experiences the APS offers is another important goal.

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Last Updated: 26 February, 2016