With Graeme Britt

July 11 / 65

What is your unit? 

Finance & Planning Group

What is your job title?

Accounts payables officer.

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne? 

40 years this December. 

How did you come to work at the University?

After completing year 12 at Maribyrnong High School, I applied for the Cashiers position Raymond Priestley Building and ended up in Customs and Overseas Accounts section (temp. position) which has lasted nearly 40 years.

Describe your typical day

Lots of button pushing. I run daily Employee Expense Report, download Travelex Overseas currency rates, index student payment requests, run overseas wire/transfers and draft payments. Also, I am the go-to for Customs queries.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Keeping up with all the changes. From writing letters to emailing. From typing cheques on ribbon typewriter to online ordering.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

You have to be seen to be fit,to be fit to be seen to be working 

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know? 

That I do take my jumpers off

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

It started with tea lady service, upgraded to an urn and bring your own coffee, which you could drink black or pay for milk. Now Jimmy Watson’s, on the corner of Lygon and Elgin Sts, or office tea room (I’m not a huge coffee drinker).

What do you like most about the University?

The people you meet and work with, and the excellent location. There’s pub on every  corner. 


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