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    Charlie, Accountant
    Financial Management

    I am originally from a small city near Xian in western China (the home of the famous terracotta warriors), but I am now an Australian citizen, a Queenslander.

    I arrived in Australia in 2001 to take up my graduate diploma in accounting at Macquarie University, and applied for residency under the skilled migrant category. I completed my qualifications and qualified as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in 2008.

    I knew from the beginning that to succeed, I'd need to take whatever opportunities came my way and work hard, and that is what I have done. I have worked in a variety of temporary jobs, from the private sector, a shared service agency, QSuper (Queensland Government superannuation fund).

    Since then, I have successfully obtained a permanent position as Financial Accountant in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In addition to gaining an education and work experience, my communication skills, especially my English language skills, have also improved along the way - what a bonus!

    I wanted more exposure to the corporate side of accounting and the idea of working at the heart of government, of being part of the changing life of Queensland, really appealed to me.

    My work is varied but even if I am involved in working on donations for a disaster fund announced by the Premier, or playing a small role in supporting machinery of government changes, I often get a real sense of the role my work plays in the ‘bigger picture’.

    All my fellow financial accounting team members come from a variety of multicultural backgrounds, including the Philippines, Cambodia, Greece and India as well as China.

    In 2008, when we were all under pressure with the early closure of the 2007-2008 financial year, it was the team's capacity and willingness to pull together that really impressed me.

    For now, I want to consolidate my public sector accounting experience, enjoying the stability and flexibility that government work affords myself and my young family. I will keep my eye out for promotional opportunities and who knows, I may go back to China for a time one day, using my Australian expertise to build markets for Queensland's industries over there.

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    Last updated:
    18 May, 2016
    Last reviewed:
    10 June, 2010