Mel joined the National Security College in January 2022 on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs bringing over 15 years of experience working in learning and development functions within corporate and government sectors.
Mel joined the Department of Immigration and Citizenship 10 years ago, moving to the ABF post the Immigration and Customs merger in 2015. Roles have included design, development, delivery and evaluation of training to internal and external audiences. Most recently, Mel has been leading the ABF College’s Program Design and Development team to deliver fit for purpose role based training to frontline ABF staff in addition to providing support for the introduction of the digital passenger declaration. Recent achievements include a Commissioners Award for Innovation in digitising the Border Force Officer Recruit Training program and development of the ABF Officer foundation training modules.
Prior to this, Mel worked at AgriFood Skills Australia supporting business to access and implement the government funded Workplace English, Language, Literacy program. Her most notable achievement resulted in a group of indigenous TAFE students, completing a Certificate III while working on remote cattle stations.
Professionally, Mel holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New England, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a Diploma in Training and Development.
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia