© Director of National Parks, 2011 | ISSN 1443-1238
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Figure 3: Parks Australia organisational chart as at 30 June 2011 (click to enlarge)
Dr Judy West
The executive team
Director of National Parks
Peter was appointed Director of National Parks in October 1999 and was reappointed in October 2002, November 2005 and again in December 2008. Priorities include building relationships with traditional owners of jointly managed parks, the tourism industry and other stakeholders. For the agency, improving performance and reporting, corporate governance, accountability and risk management remain a strong focus. Emerging priorities include the links between healthy parks and healthy people and working at a whole of landscape scale.
Peter is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and an inaugural member of the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum.
He has worked for the oil and gas industry on national environment and competition policy issues and as an adviser to two Australian Government ministers on environment and natural resources issues.
Peter has a Masters degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree. He has a background in field ecology and the eco-physiology of native plants.
Dr Judy West
Executive Director, Australian National Botanic Gardens; Assistant Secretary, Parks and Biodiversity Science Branch
Judy has been a Senior Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO Plant Industry and Director of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and Australian National Herbarium. She holds an adjunct professorial position at the Australian National University for her contributions to Australian plant systematics and was awarded the Nancy Burbidge Memorial Medal in 2001 and an Order of Australia in 2003.
Judy's scientific expertise is in plant systematics and phylogenetics, biodiversity informatics and conservation biology.
Assistant Secretary, Parks and Protected Areas Programs Branch
Mark has over 20 years experience working in the Australian Government in a number of agencies, but most significantly in the field of Arts policy and program management. He has had a long involvement in developing national policies and programs and in sector and international engagement. More recently this work has included initiatives to build a Commercial Code of Conduct for the Indigenous Visual Art sector, in arts education and in building corporate and third-sector engagement with the cultural sector. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and a Graduate Diploma in Education.
Acting Assistant Secretary, Parks Operations and Tourism Branch
Anna joined the Australian Government environment department in 2000, having worked as a cultural heritage consultant and a conservation officer in the Queensland environment department. She has held a variety of positions in the department, gaining extensive policy and program experience. Anna has worked on developing heritage amendments to national environment legislation, the Indigenous Protected Areas program and provided secretariat support to departmental Indigenous advisory committees. Before her current role with Parks Australia, Anna was involved in developing the national Working on Country program and overseeing the implementation of the Australian and Northern Territory governments' bilateral agreement - Healthy Country Healthy People. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History and Archaeology and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage Studies in Anthropology and Archaeology from James Cook University.
Assistant Secretary, Temperate Marine Conservation Branch
Charlton has responsibility for managing the 25 Commonwealth marine reserves delegated to the Marine Division. He is also responsible for identifying new reserves through the marine bioregional planning process, in the South-west and East marine regions. Before commencing his current role in October 2008, Charlton managed the aviation operations at the Australian Antarctic Division, including establishing an air service between Australia and Antarctica. He has a background in program and risk management and has worked in Antarctica on several occasions.
Before joining the department Charlton spent 10 years in a variety of logistics operations and management roles in the army in Australia and overseas.
Charlton has a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Senior management team
The executive team and senior staff meet regularly to address strategic directions and current issues. The Assistant Secretary of the Parks Operations and Tourism Branch, who is based in Darwin, takes part in the meetings via video link. Marine Division staff also participate in regular meetings, advising the Director on Commonwealth marine reserve issues. Where appropriate, video and telephone links are used to liaise with executive and senior staff of the Australian Antarctic Division in Tasmania on the management of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve.
Human resources and related corporate services are provided to the Director through a purchaser-provider arrangement with the department. Detailed information on human resources management, employment conditions and remuneration is contained in the department's annual report for 2010-11.
The Director of National Parks employed, as at 30 June 2011, 281 full time equivalent staff. The majority are located at Booderee, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. A small office in Darwin supports park operations. There are also small offices in remote locations including Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
The central office of Parks Australia is in Canberra. It is co-located with the department's Marine Division, which manages Commonwealth marine reserves under delegation from the Director.
Parks Australia participates in the department's graduate recruitment program and school leaver traineeship program and this year hosted a number of placements in Canberra and on the reserves.
Parks Australia is committed to providing staff with the necessary skills to effectively and safely undertake their duties, both in the field and in the office. Internal and external training is available on a range of subjects including conservation and land management, horticulture, Indigenous skills and languages, rescue skills, customer service, the EPBC Act, fire control and suppression, leadership development, heavy vehicle and 4WD operation, record keeping and business systems. The department offers a study support scheme for staff to complete formal external training.
Staff on remote islands are given opportunities to travel to the mainland for training and development and departmental staff visit reserves to provide training on issues such as occupational health and safety and geographic information system applications. Online study programs offered by a number of educational institutions are making tertiary study more accessible for staff in remote areas.
In the jointly managed parks, staff work with traditional owners, local Indigenous communities and schools to share knowledge. Traditional land management skills and the application of Indigenous knowledge are fundamental for managing these parks. Staff encourage interest from school children in park management and conservation through Junior Ranger programs where primary school students are introduced to aspects of park management including land management, plant and animal identification and working safely. The island parks also work closely with local schools to encourage appreciation of the national parks and their place in the local environment.
Indigenous trainees and apprentices are employed in the three jointly managed parks. Trainee programs are designed to improve the skills of local people, particularly in conservation and land management. Trainees complete nationally accredited certificates and are provided with on-the-job experience such as assisting with ranger duties and natural resource management. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park employs three specified Indigenous trainees and Kakadu National Park has one specified Indigenous trainee position. Kakadu National Park employs three Indigenous school-based apprentices. These apprentices complete secondary school through paid apprenticeships, gaining nationally accredited training in conservation and park management.
The Kakadu Indigenous Ranger Program, funded by Working on Country, also provides resources allowing Kakadu to host 11 community rangers in park related employment.
Table 5: Staffing (full- and part-time) profile at 30 June 2011
Boards of management
Boards of management have been established under the EPBC Act for Booderee, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks. Tables 6, 7 and 8 show members of each board at 30 June 2011.
In conjunction with the Director, each board prepares management plans for the reserve, makes decisions about the management of the reserve in accordance with the management plan, monitors management and advises the Minister on future development.
Booderee National Park
Former chair, Booderee National Park Board of Management
Paul was raised in the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and has lived in the local area all his life. He actively participated in the negotiated handback of land including Booderee and Wreck Bay and the establishment of joint management arrangements for the park. Paul has a custodial relationship with lands in the region including Tomikan and Wandanian, Monaro/Ngargo and Jaithmathang. He plays an important role in the Australian Alps Traditional Owner Reference Group and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage Cultural Heritage Reference Group. Paul is a great advocate for maintaining links with country through knowledge of traditional dance, song and teachings.
Paul's term as chair of the Booderee National Park Board of Management concluded in January 2011. During his term he played a key role in overseeing preparation of the park's second management plan released for public comment in May 2011. We thank Paul for his efforts during this important period for the park.
Table 6: Booderee National Park Board of Management
Kakadu National Park
New members of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management were appointed by the Minister in September 2010. We welcome new members to the board and thank previous board members for their work.
Chair, Kakadu National Park Board of Management
Mick Markham has been actively involved with the Kakadu National Park Board of Management since 1995 and previously served a five year term as Deputy Chair. Mick is a traditional owner of the Bolmo clan, which is one of the three clan groups of the Jawoyn people covering the Gunlom land trust area in the southern part of Kakadu.
Mick's active involvement in the Werenbun community and enterprise development for the Werenbun Aboriginal Corporation over the past 20 years has resulted in increased employment and training opportunities for Gunlom land trust members and Indigenous people in the Katherine and Kakadu regions.
Mick has a strong interest in encouraging and supporting effective joint management through employment opportunities for Bininj/Munguy so they develop skills and experience in the administration, control and management of the park.
Table 7: Kakadu National Park Board of Management
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Chair, Uluru-Kata Tjuta Board of Management
Harry Wilson has been the Chair of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management since the beginning of 2009. Harry is the grandson of Paddy Uluru, a senior custodian of Uluru. Harry is keen to continue the good work of the previous chair in maintaining Tjukurpa (traditional Aboriginal law in the western desert region) and supporting Anangu (western desert Aboriginal people) and the park in working together to keep Tjukurpa strong.
Table 8: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management