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Kirsty Savage is a Wiradjuri woman from central-west NSW who works at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) as a Senior Project Officer in the Aboriginal Economic Development unit.
In this role Kirsty coordinates grants and initiatives for the community, including the Aboriginal Economic Broker Grants program which supports place-based economic participation and development of Aboriginal communities.
She joined the department after eight years in the community sector, helping grow the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, now Oonah Belonging Place from a team of two to a staff of 20.
During her time at Healesville, Kirsty frequently worked with government departments and developed a curiosity about how these departments worked together to support communities. So when the opportunity to work at DJPR came up, she applied.
Kirsty was impressed by DJPR’s positive economic development role and the prospect of working with Andrew Jackomos, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Economic Development unit and a well-respected figure in the Aboriginal community, was too good to pass up.
Now a few months in to her new role, Kirsty is enjoying working with the highly talented and supportive Aboriginal Economic Development team and relishing the opportunity to pick up new skills.
One skill she has had to develop quickly is writing for government. Kirsty pointed to the preparation of her first ever ministerial brief as a big win for her in this regard and sees many more uses for it in her professional life.
As part of her journey in her professional development, Kirsty credits a mentor at the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association for teaching her about efficiency and output while always remaining focused on her purpose at work.
On a personal level, Kirsty praises her parents for her strong work ethic and instilling in her the importance of striving for excellence in everything she does while being generous and kind to others at the same time.
A Bachelor of Business graduate from Charles Sturt University, Kirsty sees a career future in the DJPR and recommends other Aboriginal professionals to consider the department as a starting place for their career in government.
Kirsty also recommends getting support when putting together an application, particularly if they are first-time applicants. She found hers from a cousin who had recently applied for a government role and was able to provide some useful guidance for her application.
Page last updated: 5 December 2019