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SRW Pat Turner Scholarship Graduated 2022

Carlyn Waters

Alumni Ambassador

The Australian National University and Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

The Australian National University

Master of Business Administration

Carlyn has over 30 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at local, state and national levels and is committed to supporting employment, education and economic opportunities for Indigenous people.

She joined the Australian Public Service in 2000 and currently is a part time Senior Fellow in the Practice of Business at the ANU College of Business and Economics and part time Branch Head in the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. When she isn’t working in these roles, she is volunteering as a Non-Executive Director for The Stars Foundation (a not for profit that supports Indigenous girls and young women to attend and remain engaged at school, complete Year 12 and move into work or further study) and the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (a national not for profit committed to leaving a better Australia for our kids).

Carlyn is committed to improving outcomes for all Australians and uses her postgraduate study to support and explore opportunities for economic growth between Indigenous communities, Australia’s business sector and government partnerships.

Rachel Wawra
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship Graduated

Rachel Wawra

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian National University

Master of Professional Psychology

Rachel started as an Indigenous Graduate at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) in 2007. Since that time, she has held various policy roles throughout DFAT, including a posting and short-term mission to Solomon Islands. Most recently, she has managed the New Colombo Plan (NCP) alumni program and led a number of NCP First Nation initiatives.

Rachel is completing her final year of the Master of Professional Psychology at ANU. She recognises how underrepresented First Nations psychologists are in Australia and particularly the Australian Public Service (APS). On completion of her studies, she hopes to provide cultural support and assistance where needed at the individual level, as well as contributing uniquely to the shaping of Departmental policy and influencing policy more broadly across the APS.

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.