Supporting people to follow their passions

At VMIA, we are passionate about supporting our people’s career growth. One way we do this is by helping them create the careers they want through our internal secondment program. Here, Risk Adviser, Rhiannon Hardwick, gives a glimpse of her experience.

I’ve been with VMIA for two years, having joined the organisation from the private sector.

During my time here, I’ve been lucky enough to try a few different roles starting as a client adviser and then moving into a risk adviser role. The opportunity to take part in an internal secondment is the next step in my career. It gives me the chance to combine my profession with my passion – which is the environment.

My passion for the environment goes beyond a mere interest. I’m doing a Master’s degree in environmental management at Edith Cowan University.

My manager has always taken a keen interest in how I’m progressing with this and has been looking for ways I can apply what I’m learning at work. In fact, she was the one who told me about the opportunity to join VMIA’s risk advisory team for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and encouraged me to apply for the secondment.

I’m about half way through my secondment right now and already I’ve worked on some amazing projects. As a risk adviser, my role is to work in partnership with our clients to help them identify their risks and provide strategic advice on how to manage them. At the moment, I’m working with Sustainability Victoria on assessing the risks which climate change poses to critical services and infrastructure across Victoria.

The next issue to tackle on my wish list is waste management. It might not sound too glamorous, but how we handle waste in Victoria is a hot topic and an issue that isn’t going away.

I love the fact that, in my career, I’m able to channel my passion and put what I’m learning in my Masters to good use. I feel I’m making a real difference to our clients and helping Victoria thrive.

If you are client-focused, have a keen eye for spotting risks within different organisations and a passion for helping Victorians thrive, please email us to register your interest in becoming a risk adviser at