Palmerston Campus activities 


Palmerston Campus recently hosted the Regional Industry Career Advisers (RICA) network launch – just one of a number of activities which took place at the Campus over the past few weeks.

Chamber of Commerce - RICA

Tuesday 18 July saw the launch of the Regional Industry Career Advisers (RICA) network.

RICA’s are an initiative of the Australian Government under the Career Advice Australia network and were created to build partnerships, identify and promote pathways, particularly in skills shortage areas, identify, promote and disseminate career resources to Local Community Partnerships, schools and industry bodies, and facilitate quality structured workplace learning opportunities and mentoring for young people.

Among the guests attending the launch were David Tollner MP, Federal Member for Solomon, representing the Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Education, Science and Training, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Community and Access, Don Zoellner, and from the Chamber of Commerce, guest speaker Chris Young CEO, Roger Pocock, regional industry career adviser, and John Emslie, RICA manager.

Contact the following for assistance:

John Emslie, RICA manager, phone 08 8936 3110 or email

Roger Pocock, RICA Darwin, phone 08 8936 3105 or email

Karen Butterfield, RICA Alice Springs, phone 08 8952 4377 or email

2006 Palmerston Campus Forum

The Campus conducted its first annual forum on Wednesday 19 July. The aim of the forum was to provide an opportunity for campus staff to share information about educational issues, courses, projects, local stakeholders and new initiatives.

Staff were provided an opportunity to showcase their individual courses and student projects and representatives were on hand from Corporate Communications, Finance and Asset Services division, and the University health and safety group to answer questions, issues or concerns.

Peter Burkhard from Academic Quality, Planning and VET division gave a brief overview of information relating to key issues within VET assessment, such as strategies, methods, mapping, grading, record maintenance and evidence collections.

Forum keynote speaker was Paul Fitzsimons, Director Remote Coordination. Paul discussed the role of remote education and training and emphasised the importance open communication in providing support for one another and future development of resources.


A number of students attended the orientation program held in the Palmerston Campus lecture theatre. The program covered important issues about administration, safety and security, student support and equity, Indigenous education support and library services. It was good to see the academics present to support the program. Welcome to all new students!


The campus administrator, Nyree Terry, has a number of information fact sheets and application details for students wishing to enquire about local area scholarships (local government, industry, remote, commonwealth and equity). Contact Nyree for further information on 08 8946 7885 or email

Palmerston welcomes new staff

Gerrat Johannsen, LBA, Tourism and Hospitality
Helena Bergman. LBA, Tourism and Hospitality (beauty therapy)
Jane Marshall, LBA, Tourism and Hospitality (hairdressing)
Stephen Ross, EH&S, Science and Primary Industries, Conservation Land Management
Josephine Buck (previously Casuarina Campus), LBA, Tourism and Hospitality (retail)

And farewells another. Our best wishes go with Elizabeth Desailly as she undertakes a new role with the DVC, Teaching and Learning, Academic Quality, Planning and VET. Elizabeth’s new role entails that of senior higher education advisor.

Indigenous education

Georgie Walton, Indigenous support lecturer, is busy making contact with our newer Indigenous students. Georgie has a newsletter up and running and is also busy networking with local community, schools and industry. For any specific Indigenous support related to education contact Georgie:, phone 08 8946 7860.