Katherine de Groot

β€œTreasury gave me an opportunity to rotate into another job in a different branch, and I chose my current role in HR.”


Staff - Katherine De Groot 

In my role as HR Officer Learning and Development I respond to the training needs of Treasury staff, sourcing and booking courses and other development activities and maintaining the online learning system for Treasury. I manage the logistics for onsite learning activities, such as meeting the trainer and coordinating the support for the development activities. In the aftermath of COVID-19 we are exploring new and innovative ways to train staff, including blended and online learning across a variety of platforms. As part of the HR team, I also assist the Principal HR Officers with their projects, in​ the areas of work health and safety, diversity and inclusion and the rollout of a new performance management program called Check-in@Treasury.  


A lot of people assume that I went to university, but I didn't. After 13 years of school, I just wanted to get out of the classroom and into the real world. My first job lasted 13 years and was in the insurance industry. It took me to Sydney, where I managed a team in a national call centre. I then changed career completely and went to work for the NSW government, to be a systems administrator for their electronic records database, and then moved to another department into a role involving debtor management for overdue taxes. I then moved back to Tasmania and began working at Treasury in the State Revenue Office, handling the collection of state taxes (payroll tax and land tax). In late 2019, Treasury gave me an opportunity to rotate into another job in a different branch, and I chose my current role in HR. It's completely different from anything I've done in the past, although it draws on my previous experience with people management, budget responsibility, stakeholder management, system administration, and customer service (where my customers are the staff of the department).


I've been at Treasury for almost ten years. In that time I've worked with a lot of people who have been amazing colleagues but who I am also proud to call my friends. The thing I like most about my job is being able to contribute to the learning needs of another person, to enhance their career. I feel it is a real privilege for me to be able to walk with someone on their learning journey - to seek out the courses or experiences they need for their career development, to watch them progress successfully as their knowledge and confidence develops, and to see doors open for them in their career.


I grew up in Hobart, with a single mum who tried the best she could to give me a good start in life. I'm an only child, as is my mother, so I don't have any family, and consequently, my friends are the most important people in my life. I had a really tough time at a previous job, many years ago, and it left me doubting my abilities and competence. About a year after I started at Treasury I was given the opportunity to participate in a leadership program. I was hesitant at first, because I was plagued with self-doubt and a lack of confidence. However, through the program I learned a lot about my own (and others') management styles and the difference between leadership and management. Slowly I have started to map out a pathway for my future at Treasury, and I am seeing working here as a career, and not just a job.


I have been fortunate to travel extensively with my husband to (almost) every continent with South America still to go. COVID-19 has also made me appreciate the undiscovered opportunities of holidaying at home! I collect snow globes from everywhere I have travelled to (and learned the hard way how heavy ten of them can be when you put them in your suitcase!). I would love to write a romance novel and have it published (and if anything was possible, to have it adapted into a screen play and a movie). I would also love to go to an AFL Grand Final and see St Kilda win. I'm not holding my breath for that, though.​


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