Meet our People
Watch current staff talk about their experiences working at the Reserve Bank.
Elliot is an Economic Analyst working in the Governor's Office. He talks about what it's like working in an intellectually stimulating environment and being able to learn from leading thinkers in the fields of finance and economics. One of his highlights was having the opportunity to attend G20 meetings in Australia during 2014.
My name is Elliott James and I work in the Governor's office.
I have been working at the RBA for four years and I guess if any experiences stand out it was probably the opportunity I had to go to the G20 meetings recently in Sydney and Cairns, to see so many famous minds from economies and financial systems overseas and domestically, to see these people, to talk with them, to learn from them was a tremendous opportunity. I think what I value most about my time here at the RBA is being able to make a contribution to the design of policy. I think one of the most rewarding aspects of my role is just being able to learn so much. We discuss what's going on in the economy in the financial system, and just by doing that, by being surrounded by so many brilliant minds, leading thinkers in these fields, you pick up so much knowledge, their expertise and being able to work with them as well I think is very beneficial to that overall learning process.
I'd say the people I work with are very like-minded, everybody gets along, it’s a very comfortable environment, you work collaboratively together, everybody is very friendly and very supportive and it means that it's a very enjoyable place to work.
I think what attracted me to accepting the role at the RBA was the reputation that it has. It wields a tremendous amount of respect and credibility in the eyes of the public. I'd encourage graduates to consider the RBA because the job is very intellectually stimulating, it's challenging, we're given a lot of responsibility but at the same time it's a very easy place to work, it's a great environment, everybody gets along and so it's just a very nice place to be at.
Dorotea is the Manager of the Network Services Group in the IT Department. She discusses the IT transformation that has taken place and what it's like being part of a growing team that has developed new functions. Dorotea describes a dynamic work environment in which excellence is highly valued.
My name is Dorotea Baljevic and I am the Manager of Network Services Group at the Reserve Bank of Australia. What I value most about my experience at the Reserve Bank has been that during my career while I've grown, the Bank has also grown. I've been part of the IT transformation of the past few years and what I like is that we have evolved together.
I have been at the Bank for now just over five and a half years and one of the most memorable experiences has been to develop a new function within our group and build a team from nothing. The most rewarding aspects of my role to date have been involvement with improvements and implementation of financial systems that are important to the Australian people and public.
How would I describe the people at the Bank? Well that's a very interesting question. IT has had a huge transformation. We've grown twice our size, so that's always a dynamic environment. But the greater community of the Bank - they are a family, they are always here to help. I distinctly remember what attracted me to join the Reserve Bank as an IT person. We didn't have any outsources. We did all the design, build, implementation in-house. So I would be dealing with the people that I had to on a day-to-day basis and they would just be at the partition next to me and that's what really attracted me.
One piece of advice that I would give students joining the Reserve Bank is that we do value quality. So any task that you get assigned, even small, make sure that you do a quality delivery; have excellence throughout anything that you do.
Why should a graduate join the Reserve Bank? This is a unique organisation, one of its kind, obviously in Australia, and I feel extraordinarily privileged to work in an organisation that is actually heritage listed as a building and has heritage items inside.
John is now a Manager in the IT Department. He talks about the collaborative nature of his role and his work on some key projects. John explains that graduates joining the Reserve Bank can expect to face high expectations but are also supported by a valuable structured training program.
My name is John Magganas. I work in the IT department at the Bank and I am a Senior Strategy Analyst. So I develop strategies for both the IT department and broader business.
One of the things I value most about working at the Bank is the ability to innovate with leading technologies and for example, we are working on some key projects in the mobile space at the moment and so it is a really exciting time to be part of the Bank.
So, I have been at the Bank for almost two years now and the best thing within that two year period is just getting to know people and really forming out relationships and networks in place.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is the collaborative nature of the actual role and the ability to actually access multiple stakeholders of all different expertise and levels. There is a number of things that attracted me to apply at the Bank and firstly it was the IT transformation that was occurring in the IT department. They were undergoing a huge amount of change and executing a number of large projects that had a large impact on the broader economy. So that's something that was incredibly important to me. Also the culture of the Bank was a key driver for me joining the Bank.
The culture of the Reserve Bank is all inclusive and everyone is on board to achieve the clear mission of serving the Australian public.
The key piece of advice I would offer graduates joining the Reserve Bank is be expected to be pushed to your limits. There are high expectations at the Bank but we have structured programs in place to support you. I'd encourage graduates to consider the RBA for two reasons – one, we offer an incredibly valuable structured training program which will happen over the two year lifecycle of the program and secondly, the projects that you will be working on will be of high value to the organisation as well as the economy.
Jess is a Senior Analyst in the International Department. She talks about what it is like to work in such a highly respected organisation like the Reserve Bank. Jess discusses the collaborative environment she works in and highlights some of the different projects she has had the opportunity to work on at the Bank.
My name's Jess Meredith and I currently work in International Department.
I accepted the role at the RBA because it's always been where I wanted to work throughout my entire degree. The Bank is such a credible workplace and in terms of working as an economist, I can't think of anywhere better, just because they produce such high quality work consistently.
Everybody here at the Bank is always willing to help and it's a very collaborative environment. Managers are always willing to pass on their knowledge, and the analysts that you meet, you really do make life-long friends along the way. And the Bank is very encouraging of having a good work/life balance.
During my time I've had the opportunity to work in two different departments working on two vastly different projects. The first being on Next Generation Banknote Program and the second was analysing China's financial markets. So it just shows you all the different and diverse roles you can work at throughout the Bank.
The Reserve Bank is a highly credible workplace. It garners a lot of respect from people and the Graduate Development Program that the Bank offers is wonderful. It provides so many training opportunities and there's so much scope to work in so many different policy and non-policy areas here, that it just is a really great place to work.
The advice that I would give students that want to join the RBA is that the Bank does have high expectations and you're expected to put your best effort forward in everything that you do, but the pay-offs from doing that are so rewarding and it really is a wonderful place to work. If you get the opportunity I would take it with both hands.
Alexandra is an Economist working in the Economic Analysis Department. Alexandra explains that one of the most rewarding aspects of her role is seeing the economics she studied at university come to life in the workplace. She also talks about the opportunities she has had to complete both the Cadetship (now called the Internship) and Graduate Programs at the Reserve Bank.
My name is Alexandra Spicer and I'm an Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. I've been here about five years after completing both the Cadetship and Graduate program.
I think the most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing the economics that I adored at university come to life in the workplace. My role as a United States Economist means that I get to keep abreast of issues and topics that are coming out of the US economy. And it's pretty exciting having senior management come to me for knowledge, advice and that kind of thing for the US economy.
I describe the people that I work with as intelligent, hard-working and fun people. My team is really close. We're there to provide insight, feedback and moral support in the work that we do on a day-to-day basis and it's good that they really care about the work that they do.
The culture at the RBA is really about, like I mentioned, doing the best work that you can. There's a real sporting culture here at the Bank, camaraderie around the soccer field, the annual Bank run, but ultimately day-to-day in the office we're really looking to learn a lot and be the best that we can.
I participated in a summer internship at a private sector bank a number of years ago and while I was there I met a former RBA economist who had nothing but good things to say about the training programs that the RBA provides. So as a result I set my sights on getting into the Cadetship program and after having completed both the Cadetship program and the Grad program, he wasn't lying, it's fantastic.
I think if you're looking for a practical application of that passion you had for economics at university, this is the place for it. Be surrounded by everyone that similarly has that passion. I can't really think of a better place that you can have such a really good training ground and footing for your life as an economist.
Nicholas is a Financial Accountant in the Finance Department. Nicholas discusses some of the opportunities he has had in his role so far, including coordinating the Bank's strategic planning process. He explains that one of the things that attract him to apply for the graduate program was the Bank's reputation both locally and internationally.
My name is Nicholas Renotte. I work in the Finance Department. Specifically, I work in Management Reporting where I assist in monitoring the Bank's financial performance as well as work to put together the Bank's budget each year.
In my first year of the graduate program I actually got to take quite a pivotal role in coordinating the Strategic Planning process. So that involved developing new templates, working with Department Heads, and working with Assistant Governors. So I got quite a fair bit of exposure as well as being given the opportunity to sort of re-define that process and take it forward.
In my role in Management Reporting, we have to interact with quite a diverse range of people. So we get to interact with Project Managers, Accountants, Department Heads, Assistant Governors and the like. So I guess one of the privileges of that role is the ability to work with people at such a high level. So as a Senior Analyst, I get to work with Department Heads and I really get to lever off their experience and see through their thought process as well as seeing how they solve problems. I think that's really benefited me in my career as I've been able to draw off that.
I think one of the main things that attracted me to accepting a role at the RBA was the reputation of the institution, both locally and internationally. On top of that, one of the other things was that the Bank offers a structured Graduate Program so you get to rotate within different departments as well as having quite a fair bit of training.
I think the best bit of advice I can give students if they decide to join the RBA is consistently strive to make things better. Don't settle with the status quo. Consistently strive to come up with a better solution or to do something better.
Michelle is an Economist working in the Economic Analysis Department. She discusses that one of the things she values most about working at the Reserve Bank is the diverse range of work she has had the opportunity to work on. Michelle also explains that graduates can expect the Bank to be a challenging and stimulating place to work.
My name is Michelle van Der Merwe and I work as an Economist in the Economic Analysis Department.
What I value the most about my experience at the Bank has been the diverse range of work I've been exposed to. I have been able to think about the issues affecting our major trading partners, developments in the housing market right through to bank lending to businesses and households.
The people who I work with really do exemplify the Bank's core values. We're all here because we're interested in public policy and making a contribution through our work but we also love economics. We love asking questions of the data and trying to the best of our abilities to come up with the right answer. The people are genuine, they're caring and respectful. They have pushed me intellectually and helped me to grow.
There are two things that attracted me to accepting the role at the RBA. The first was that it's a leading policy institution for macroeconomics, and the second is the end goal of our work. We're working for the economic prosperity and welfare of the Australian people and it's a pretty motivating reason to come to work each day.
I would encourage graduates to consider the RBA because the work is challenging, it's stimulating and you never stop learning. You get a lot of responsibility from early on but you're also really well supported. The Bank is also a really fun place to work so you have a great work/life balance and there's endless opportunities to pursue different activities at lunchtime and after work, but you also have a great working environment as well.