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Elvira Austin
Senior Policy Officer/Engagement Lead , Cape York Partnerships (NGO)
Cairns, Australia
For over two decades I have worked across diverse landscapes and cultures to help people achieve environmental, social and economic progress. I have been closely involved with Indigenous people on Cape York over the last decade as they strive to transform their lives

I include capacity building and enabling others with information, skills and confidence to act as being among my key qualities.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
I have a passion for empowering communities of people so that they can achieve their vision for a better future for their people and places.

CAREER OVERVIEW
For over two decades I have worked across diverse landscapes and cultures to help people achieve environmental, social and economic progress. I have been closely involved with Indigenous people on Cape York over the last decade as they strive to transform their lives.
I have more than five years public sector experience and international development experience in the Pacific Islands.
I include capacity building and enabling others with information, skills and confidence to act as being among my key qualities.


KEY ACHIEVEMENTS/ATTRIBUTES

Leadership/Management
Leadership style: I am a natural collaborator, so my primary style is a ‘Promoter/Supporter’, but when needed I am also a confident ‘Driver’.
As Chief Operating Officer for APN Cape York I successfully led this important Wik organisation through a phase of strong growth and improved governance. I managed this organisation when it had 50 staff working under four middle managers who were my direct reports.
I continue to play a leading management role at Cape York Partnership, where I have led the development and rollout of a high profile national initiative, Empowered Communities, in Cape York over two years.

Business Development
I am good at building initiatives, networks and relationships to grow projects. For example, in one key role I leveraged $28 million over four years for the Caring for Country Strategy from an initial investment of $130,000.

Project Development and Execution
I have played a leading role in more than 30 projects, including large multi-million dollar, multi-year complex projects, funded through a range of government and philanthropic grants. These have all successfully delivered outcomes and maintained compliance with contractual obligations.

User focused and participatory policy development and analysis
I have led the adaption of the Empowered Communities reforms to the Cape York context with Indigenous people.
I have managed diverse input to develop regulatory Coastal Management Plans under the Queensland’s Coastal Management and Protection Act, 2000.
I have built capacity for Joint Management of National Parks under the Cape York Peninsula Heritage Act, 2005.
I have facilitated the development of key strategies in Cape York from an traditional owner perspective such as the Turtle and Dugong Strategy, the Cape York Open for Business Strategy 2014.
Education:
QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Applied Science in Coastal Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, 1997.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Participant in Conservation Action Planning Coaches Training and Network Member, 2012-16.
Conservation Actions Planning, IUCN Open Standards International Rally, Georgia, USA, 2013
Participant Second Road, User Based Design Short Course, 2012.
Presentation and participation at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Bachelors
    Languages:
    English
    Nationality:
    Australia
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-austin-33931491/
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