Today, Desirae is employed as an Indigenous Program Manager while continuing to develop her potential through further studies, including a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment developed specifically for Indigenous learners and an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Master of Indigenous Business Leadership.
On hearing of her success Desirae said:
“Recongition on a world stage has been a highlight of my career. I feel blessed to work with mob and am committed to continuing my learning to empower myself and support my community.”
CEO of Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE Sally Curtain said:
“Desirae is a great role model for education and training and an advocate in her community who can show first-hand that skills and training can lead to a rewarding career.
“I hope to continue to advocate for TAFE; vocational education and training is an alternative and cost-effective pathway that can lead to rewarding and highly remunerated careers,” said Ms Curtain.
“It has been a privilege to see Desirae excel at every turn through her education and we can’t wait to see what she does next – as her journey has really only just started!”.
Phillip Murphy PSM dedicated more than 30 years of his career to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, initially starting as a sessional teacher back in 1985 and rapidly advancing his career from there.
For the last 20 years of his career Phill drove innovation for the broader organisation including transforming two struggling automotive colleges into the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), Australia's largest and most respected auto training institute.
This success led to partnership and specialisaton model for the organisation with industry to deliver further centres of excellence in Health and Community and Food and Fibre.
More recently Phill led a program to digitise and enhance the student experience from enrolment to accreditation and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2021 for his outstanding public service to vocational education and training, prior to retiring in December 2022.