Driven by her desire to help others, Elizabeth Re, FEHA, MAICD, pursued a career with the Australian government. In the late 1970s, she began in the field with various regional and metropolitan councils in a number of roles, including as a maintenance manager, a noise inspector and a meat inspector, to name a few. A few years later, Ms. Re was recruited by the State Government of Western Australia, holding several posts over the course of more than 20 years such as a teacher, an auditor, a researcher and a project manager.
Throughout her career, Ms. Re has supervised budgets of more than $450 million, projects of up to $70 million, a staff of more than 1,200 and membership bases of more than 700,000 people. She lecturer. A champion of her community, Ms. Re additionally contributes to those in need as a member of various boards, including the Women’s Football Club, the Council of Western Australia and the Football Hall of Fame for Western Australia.
In a career filled with highlights, Ms. Re is especially proud of standing up for what she believes. Over the years, she has achieved much, including becoming the first person employed to investigate and prepare reports on compliance towards public health standards of sustainability, environmental health, emergency management, occupational health and safety across the prison system in Western Australia. Additionally, Ms. Re aided in the writing, development, training, and rollout of the “Play by the Rules” anti-bullying campaign to reduce bullying and violence in sporting activities, organized and developed the occupational health and safety audit of the Western Australia Department of Health, and implemented procedures and strategies to address the issues of poor compliance and stress associated with 36,000 employees, including a free first aid accreditation program.
After graduating from high school in the mid-1970s, Ms. Re accrued a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Curtin University in 1978. Subsequently, she earned a graduate diploma in education from Murdoch University in 1987. Ms. Re remains aware of changes in the field through her alignment with the Royal Society of Western Australia and the Australian Environmental Health Association, with which she is designated as a fellow.
Due to her considerable expertise, Ms. Re presented a conference paper titled “Sustainability Challenges in the Prison System” at the SmartCities Expo World Forum in Sydney, and has spoken at various conferences regarding sustainable organisms and domestic violence, among other subjects. In recognition of her professional expertise, she was nominated as the Australian of the Year in 2005, and received the Gold Award for Neighborhood Watch from the Police Department of Western Australia in 2006, as well as the Promotion of Youth Award from the City of Australia in 2007. Looking ahead, Ms. Re intends to obtain a role in parliament.
Ms. Re became involved in her profession since she loves science and likes to find out about things that have gone wrong; she has a moral compass and was lucky to have a great father, who supported her and gave her a big belief. The highlight of Ms. Re’s career was surviving all the nasty things have gone on and standing her foot down with the moral conduct she has believed in; “When one person stands up, more good people will follow.”