Maria Scerri

Maria Scerri

Administration Assistant - Crown

I’m from the Gunditjmara tribe in Warrnambool. My mother grew up there and I was brought up in Melbourne. I left school

at 15 and went straight into the workforce. Dad died when I was 8 and Mum died when I was 20, so I’ve always been fairly motivated. I’ve had to be.

Previously, I worked for over 9 years with the public service. I worked in Senator Don Chipp’s office, at the Ministry of Housing, at the Equal Opportunities office as a Koori Liaison Officer, then at Workcare, then CSR Gyprock Bradford. Then I started working outdoors with Telstra installing Foxtel, digging trenches, crawling through roofs. I’ve since had two boys so I haven’t worked for 10 years. This is my first opportunity to get back into the workforce as a single parent.

I met Charles through the Indigenous Employment Program through a job agency. I’d never been to Crown before and I came on a tour with Charles. It was a big eye opener for me and I thought to myself, this is for me. I really love it. It’s just amazing, such a big complex, taking up two city blocks, you feel there’s lots of opportunity to grow.

Basically I’m working within the office environment. It’s a very busy department taking care of 6,500 employees’ files. I do mail runs to all of the hotels, the Mahogany Room and visited James Packer’s office twice in my first week!

Come on board. Crown is a good employer and there are great opportunities. Everyone seems happy and says hello, and it doesn’t matter which department you work in. There’s no issue with being Aboriginal here at Crown. There are so many different cultures, so you fit in. They’re definitely the best employer I’ve had.

I’m aiming to further my experience and knowledge within the department here and climb the corporate ladder. I’m very excited about the future. I can’t wait.

I definitely think I’ve changed. I feel more confident, more motivated, I have more energy.






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