Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Australian National University
Master of Forestry
In his role in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Martin plays a key role advancing Australia’s sustainable forest management objectives in the Asia-Pacific region, and promoting the free trade in sustainably and legally harvested wood-based products.
Martin studied a Master in Forestry, with a view to progressing into a research year to explore the economic and regulatory barriers faced by managers of private and Indigenous-owned forests that inhibit the commercial utilisation of these forests. Better understanding of these inhibiting factors can lead to potential actions taken by governments at various levels, ultimately enhancing the economic and social prospects of rural, resource-dependent communities.
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
Australian National University
Master of Public Policy
Kayannie joined the Australian Public Service (APS) in 2015 after relocating from Far North Queensland. She has experience working across policy, customer service and program management roles in government, as a political staffer and in the not-for-profit sector in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, training and reconciliation. At the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Kayannie manages policy, operations and heritage responsibilities in Australian territories.
Kayannie is Aṉangu Luritja with strong family and cultural ties to Bagarrmuguwarra and Kuku Yalanji Bama of Cape York. Kayannnie has an academic background in Aboriginal history and will undertake a masters by coursework with a focus on public policy, which she plans to use in future senior roles in the APS. Kayannie is interested in supporting and encouraging Indigenous women to consider executive roles across Indigenous-specific portfolios and the broader APS.
PhD title: Empirical Essays in Intergenerational Mobility and Early Childhood Human Capital Formation
Nathan’s PhD research focused on intergenerational mobility—the extent to which economic outcomes pass from parents to children. Building on the work of past scholars, he worked with the ATO to build Australia’s first intergenerational tax dataset. His research has been published in leading economics journals, including a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Economic Literature and published papers in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Inquiry and the Economic Record.
Prior to his PhD, Nathan worked in Treasury in a variety of roles across social and tax policy, including as a Departmental Liaison Officer in the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Office. On returning, Nathan played a central role in establishing its microdata units as a founding Director. These units have produced influential work on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and policy response, including published research on labour market scarring and the effect of the JobKeeper program.