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Lee-Anne Daffy
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2020

Lee-Anne Daffy

Services Australia

Charles Darwin University

Hearing the whispers of many: Journeys of Indigenous Australian women employed by Australian Public Service through entry level programs; and how the Australian Public Service facilitates retention, to positively impact intergenerational poverty.

After completing her Masters of Business Management thesis, Lee-Anne returned to the Department of Human Services through the graduate program in 2011. In her current social work role, Lee-Anne contributes to the provision of compassionate and holistic support to Services Australia customers who present with complex life circumstances.

Lee-Anne’s doctoral research will inform governments, the Australian Public Service, various departments and academia of the significance entry-level programs have in changing the lives of Indigenous Australian women. Using predominantly qualitative analysis, this study has implications for fundamental shifts in employment outcomes in a way that directly influences levels of self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and, in turn, future generations.

Professor Ruth Wallace
  • 'Hearing the Journeys: The Factors that Impact Female Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Victoria'; Lee-Anne Daffy, Master Thesis, Master of Business Management, RMIT, 2011

Martin Dallen
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2019

Martin Dallen

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

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 is studying 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.

Dr Nathan Deutscher
SRW Scholarship Graduated 2019


Nathan Deutscher

Department of the Treasury

Australian National University

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 are passed down from parents to children. Using maturing longitudinal datasets, twin studies and administrative data, his thesis examined how mobility varies across groups in Australian society, and investigated causal mechanisms, such as the role of nature versus nurture, and the potential impact of public policy.

Nathan has worked at Treasury since 2008 in a variety of roles across social and tax policy. He worked as a Departmental Liaison Officer in the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Office between late 2011 and 2013, where he advised on individual income tax, indirect taxes and welfare policy. He is currently Acting Manager of the International Outlook Unit.

Professor Robert Breunig
  • Empirical Essays in Intergenerational Mobility and Early Childhood Human Capital Formation; Deutscher, Nathan. 2019. Dissertation/Thesis, The Australian National University. 10.25911/5d5147aea28f1
  • Baby Bonuses: Natural Experiments in Cash Transfers, Birth Timing and Child Outcomes; Deutscher, Nathan; Breunig, Robert. Economic Record, 03/2018, Volume 94, Issue 304
  • The Relationship between Immigration to Australia and the Labour Market Outcomes of Australian-Born Workers; Breunig, Robert; Deutscher, Nathan; To, Hang Thi. Economic Record, 06/2017, Volume 93, Issue 301

Fiona Dunne
SRW Scholarship 2019

Fiona Dunne

Attorney General's Department

Australian National University

PhD title: The Walker Talker Project: can a structured professional judgement tool help predict those at risk of violent extremism?

Fiona joined the APS in 2002, working as a psychologist across both state and federal government. Fiona’s experiences have broadly focused on risk assessment and driven her interest in better understanding extremist violence. She is passionate about applying research to real-world contexts and improving evidence-based knowledge to inform decision making. 

Fiona’s doctoral research investigates the use of structured professional judgement to indirectly, but reliably, identify, triage and manage risk associated with extremist violence. Being able to better differentiate factors salient to risk in an Australian context provides opportunities for early identification, intervention and disengagement.

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