Personal Details

Full name: David Byrnes
Languages spoken: English, beginner/intermediate Chinese, beginner/intermediate Japanese

Summary of Experience

I am currently employed at the Department of Finance as an asset officer in the IT Service Delivery Branch. I am studying a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism at the University of Canberra. I have also worked other positions in the Department of Finance, Department of Defence, Department of Parliamentary Services, and overseas.

Summary of Qualifications

Bachelor of Communication in Journalism – Ongoing, (final year)
Higher School Certificate – 2004

Summary of Accomplishments

• 5 years public service career.
• Approximately a year and a half spent living, working, and studying in two overseas countries.
• Two languages (Chinese and Japanese) spoken at a beginner/intermediate level.
• Recipient for the Endeavour Cheung Kong Scholarship Award to assist in study overseas.
• Received numerous Distinctions and High Distinctions for units undertaken during tertiary study.
• Received a Canberra Grammar School Medal for Outstanding Contribution in Year 12.

Work History

2012 January-2015 September Department of Finance and Deregulation – APS 4/Acting APS 5
I have worked as a policy officer in the Department of Finance and Deregulation. In this role I was responsible for assisting developing policy options and providing policy advice, answering ministerial correspondence, updating the parliamentarians’ entitlements handbooks and entitlement histories and other administrative tasks as assigned.

I have worked as an officer in the IT Service Centre. In this role I was responsible for actioning jobs logged with the Service Centre and responding to clients with queries about IT, Facilities and Security.

I am working as an officer in the Procurement team in the Service Delivery Branch of the Information Technology and Workplace Division. In this role I am responsible for procurement activities involving the renewal of software licensing maintenance and support, conduct asset management activities for the Department’s IT hardware and software assets, contribute to the development of procedure manuals, and process job requests and queries directed to the team.

2011 June-December Department of Defence – APS 5

I held two positions at the Department of Defence. The first was as an editing officer in the ministerial and parliamentary liaison section. In this role I was responsible for providing quality assurance checking and sub-editing of ministerial briefs and correspondence to ensure there were no spelling, grammatical, or style guide errors and to improve the flow and understandability of the writing. This position was for three months from June to August.

My second position, from August, was as the personal staff officer to the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). In this position I provided executive support to the Commandant, as well as other administrative support to his office and other duties such as serving as secretariat for several committees.

In addition to this I coordinated and liaised with VIP visitors to the Academy (which during my time included a Minister, and several senior foreign military personnel). I prepared all aspects of VIP involvement at the end of year graduation parade (which included liaising with the Governor-General’s Aide-de-Camp and acting as the Governor-General’s escort officer on the day of the parade).

I was responsible for coordinating and writing several major and regular reports including a weekly update for the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, bi-annual report for the ADFA Working Group, and bi-annual update of strategic goal achievement for the Australian Defence College Advisory Board. I also contributed and coordinated briefing material for the Minister about issues concerning ADFA, particularly concerning the “ADFA Skype incident”.

2010 Oct – 2011 May Department of Parliamentary Services – APS 4

At the Department of Parliamentary Services I acted as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Building Services branch, which is responsible for Parliament House security and facilities. In this role I performed executive support for the Assistant Secretary including diary management, preparation for meetings, acted as the secretariat for an inter-departmental committee, managed relationships between the Assistant Secretary and the rest of the branch, processed briefing material for the Secretary, Speaker and President of the Senate, and liaised with other executive assistants including those of the Deputy Secretary and Secretary about issues that concerned the wider department.


2011 – current Bachelor of Communication in Journalism, University of Canberra

For this degree I am studying journalism, writing, and media production. Skills learned include broadcast TV and radio journalism, print journalism, communications units. Current results of 21 units studied: 2 High Distinctions, 12 Distinctions, 4 Credits, 3 Pass.

2001 – 2004 Higher School Certificate, Canberra Grammar School

Subjects: English Advanced, English Extension 1, Maths Advanced, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, Chinese.
Awards and Scholarships

2008 – 2009 Cheung Kong Endeavour Scholarship Award – University of New England

2006 Highly Commended Academic Achievement – Duval College, University of New England

2004 Canberra Grammar Medal for Outstanding Contribution – Canberra Grammar School


Available on request.