A small change in habit can make a big difference.
Public Servant, Writer, Social Entrepreneur
Tina Kuek is a Senior Policy Officer at the State Government of Victoria. Tina contributes to the development of legislation and policy to support Victoria’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The scheme is one of the largest social and economic policy reforms in Australia and it is projected to cost $22 billion. Tina’s focus is on the review of Victorian legislation to ensure the rights of people with a disability are not diminished in the context of transition to the NDIS.
Tina is also the founder of Kazi Victoria, an organisation helping people of migrant and refugee backgrounds navigate the Australian job market and find meaningful employment.
Prior to her role with government, Tina worked as a Senior Protection Assistant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She was based at the Regional Representation in Canberra which is mandated to protect the rights of refugees in 16 countries in the region, including Australia, New Zealand, Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Tina has also worked as a humanitarian case worker assisting refugees with their settlement in Australia, and she was selected as a graduate with the Department of Defence.
Beyond her professional career in the public service and duties managing Kazi Victoria, Tina is part of the Executive Board of Girl Guides Victoria. Girl Guides was founded in 1910 in the United Kingdom, as a movement to empower young women and girls. She is also a volunteer at HerSpace – an organisation in Melbourne providing mental health programs to survivors of sexual violence and exploitation.
An accelerated student, Tina started university at the age of 16 and at 24 years old she holds postgraduate qualifications in applied anthropology and law (ANU), and an undergraduate in international relations.