By Geraldine Kennett

Travis Lovett completed his Graduate Diploma in Management (Public Sector) in 2016 and is currently undertaking an MBA with La Trobe Business School (LBS).
Travis joined the Victorian Public Service in 2008, following experience working with Aboriginal community organisations including the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).

His first public service role was with the Department of Justice in the Koori Justice Unit where he was instrumental in boosting the Aboriginal workforce of the justice department. In 2012, he was appointed Manager of the Koori Courts in Court Services Victoria where he had policy leadership and oversight of the operation of the Koori Courts.

Travis’s attainment of his LBS Graduate Diploma in Management (Public Sector) supported his appointment to a senior executive role in 2016 with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning where he assists in developing Water for Victoria, the government’s new long-term direction for managing Victoria’s precious water resources. The Water Plan recognises the values that water has for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, and commits the water sector to support Aboriginal participation in Victorian water planning and management frameworks through consultative structures that address the rights and interests of Victoria’s Traditional Owners. Travis is playing a key role in ensuring that the department’s engagement with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities supports the water plan’s objectives.

As Manager, Koori Courts, Travis demonstrated his ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders to address a challenging set of issues. Travis’ ability to work with each stakeholder group ensures they have input into the design and operation of the initiative was a key part of the initiative’s success. An independent evaluation found that the Koori Court has better engagement within the justice system for Aboriginal Victorians, helping offenders to address the causes of their offending and helping prevent re-offending.

Travis has actively participated in a mentoring relationship with a senior executive, and provided strong professional and cultural support to other Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff. He has been identified as having strong executive potential in the Victorian Public Service. His personal and professional qualities demonstrate a willingness and potential to take full advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by the scholarship. Travis shows initiative in his work, and extends himself above and beyond his ‘position description’ to contribute to the organisations he works with – offering constructive ideas and following through. His ambition is matched by his potential. Travis’ further studies (Masters of Business Administration at La Trobe University, 2014-2017) demonstrate his intellectual capability, his curiosity, and his commitment to professional development.