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Respect and opportunities in the workplace

Photograph of Andrew CooperFor Andrew Cooper, if opportunity knocks, you answer – and it’s because of this approach that Andrew has gained a range of experiences and knowledge. 

Andrew is a Ministerial Officer at the Department of Transport and coordinates the tracking and preparation of responses to letters received by the Transport Minister. As part of this broad role, each year he handles more than 2,000 pieces of correspondence on a variety of issues.

“When I heard they were looking for someone to work in Ministerials, I said ‘I’ll do it’,” Andrew said.

His current role requires an understanding of a range of transport-related issues. Andrew is well-equipped for this – he has worked at the Department of Transport for more than 10 years, in Records Management, Aviation and Governance and Audit.

 “Sitting in here in the Office of the Director General, you certainly know what’s going on. There’s never a dull moment,” Andrew said.

“Those days of staying in the one job for 30 years, unless you’ve got the best job in the world, are probably over.”

Andrew was first introduced to job opportunities in WA’s State Government by an employment agency that assists people with disability.

After passing the entrance exam, required of public sector employees at the time, he worked for the Department of Justice for three years, then joined the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (now the Department of Transport).

“I got my jobs on merit. I think I would have got them either way, regardless of whether I had a disability or not,” Andrew said.

Andrew described his school years as a tough time but his experiences since then, in the workplace, have been positive.

“Throughout my working life, I have always been treated with respect, like anyone would expect to be treated in their workplace,” Andrew said.

The Director General of Transport, Richard Sellers, said it was important that everyone was treated fairly and respectfully both inside and outside of the office.

“Everyone deserves for their work environment to be an inclusive one, and I am happy to say that the Department of Transport certainly achieves this,” Mr Sellers said.

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