Prior to commencing a PhD in 2013, I worked for the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs, in procurement, research and front-line service delivery roles. As part of the Department's graduate year in Canberra in 2010, I completed a Diploma of Government through the Australian Public Service Commission, before taking 'the path less travelled' to Townsville, where I served the veteran and Defence Force communities directly for two years. During this time I completed my Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University. Before joining the public service, I completed Honours in History for my Bachelor of Arts in Cairns, also through JCU. My Honours thesis explored the creation, administration and repeal of the Clean Waters Act 1971 (Qld), with particular emphasis on enforcement and stakeholder perceptions of the legislation. I have continued to explore the theme of public perceptions of policy in my ongoing research.