Women Moving Australia Case Studies
Name: Billie Jean Raahauge
Employed by Merinda River Cruises – Batemans Bay
Job description (in 25 words or less!):
Working as part of a small operation means Billie-Jean juggles many different tasks on any given day – from traditional deckhand duties, to assisting the vessel’s Master and ensuring passengers are well looked after. The role of a Deckhand is typically an entry level position which offers work on a wide range of vessels including: ferries, trawlers, dredgers, customs patrol vessels, fisheries patrol boats and pilot vessels. Like Billie-Jean, most Deckhands work closely with the Master/Engineer to ensure the safety of the vessel, passengers and crew.
Awards, qualifications and career plans?
The winner of the 2015 TLISC Award for Excellence – Trainee of the Year, Billie-Jean Raahauge. is a well-known member of the Bateman’s Bay community, having worked in the town’s maritime industry for over 20 years. She currently works as a Deckhand aboard the local ferry ‘Escapade’ and she is on-track to fulfil her dream of one day becoming a fully qualified Master.
The judges of the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence pointed to Billie-Jean’s “exceptional determination” as one of the primary reasons why she was named the 2015 TLISC Trainee of the Year. In addition to raising her children, Billie-Jean has successfully completed qualifications in Marine Engine Driving – Grade 1 and Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal – all while juggling family and work.
Billie Jean has also been the recipient of a TLISC Mick Young Scholarship, which assisted her in completing her Maritime studies. In 2015, aside from taking the spotlight at TLISC’s annual awards, Billie-Jean received the Maritime Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement at her TAFE Illawarra graduation where she also gave the student representative address, a role she was honoured to carry out and cites as a career highlight.
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