“We were very fortunate to be selected to take part in the WEX Program in March which aims to provide Indigenous students in Year 11 and 12 with hands-on experience and information about job opportunities and career pathways in the Australian Government. Fifty students from all over Australia were selected and we were so excited that all three of us were chosen as well as Boyd, a Year 12 Follow the Dream student from Katanning.
On Tuesday we visited Parliament House where we had a private tour, educational workshop and visited various parliamentarians. We had lunch in the Mural Hall with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs the Hon. Nigel Scullion. We visited Ms Bishop in her office and meeting her was the highlight of the trip for all of us. She is such a strong, intelligent and successful woman but was also very warm and welcoming. She showed us photos of her meeting Barack Obama and Hugh Jackman and told us why she chose a political life, the challenges of the role and how she struggles to get a work life balance.
We visited the Australian War Memorial where we met the Defence Minister the Hon. Kevin Andrews and spent half a day at the Australian Federal Police and half a day at the Australian Defence Force Academy. It was interesting to learn about the variety of career pathways and opportunities in both departments. Thursday we visited the National Museum of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Australian Institute of Sport. It was a truly memorable week and we met many inspiring people, received so much information about pathways across the Australian Public Service and made friendships that we are sure will last a lifetime. Spending time with like-minded young Aboriginal leaders shows that the future of Indigenous Australia is in good hands.”
By Jade, Tenae and Chei-Lani
The AMP Foundation and the Western Australian Education Department have supported the programs in Swan View in WA since 2008.