Better Regulation Victoria
Anna Cronin is Victoria’s first Commissioner for Better Regulation, appointed by the Victorian Government in 2015. In June 2018, the Victorian Government appointed her as Red Tape Commissioner as well.
Anna graduated from the Australian National University in economics and econometrics and started her career as an economist in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, and (what is now) the Productivity Commission. She has been closely involved in policy development for 25 years at Federal and State levels.
Anna has considerable experience in regulatory issues across many policy areas, including in agricultural and mining regulatory and approvals frameworks. She has also held a number of board positions in the government and not-for-profit sectors, including on the Australian Landcare Council and Rural Skills Australia. Anna was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to rural leadership. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne.
Australian Taxation Office
Brendan Walker-Munro is a lawyer with extensive experience in leading and managing teams of investigators, auditors and compliance officers in civil and administrative investigations across State and Federal levels. He is currently employed as an Investigations Manager with the Australian Taxation Office.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Stephanie Morrow LLB (Hons)(Melb) BCA (Melb) GradDLP, LLM (Melb) is an LIV Accredited Criminal Law Specialist based in Melbourne, with expertise in the prosecution of white collar and corporate crime. She works as a principal solicitor, prosecuting offences for the Environment Protection Authority, Victoria. She has also prosecuted offences for Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV), Worksafe Victoria (as a solicitor at the Office of Public Prosecutions) and has conducted civil penalty litigation for CAV, and the ACCC (as a solicitor at Corrs Chambers Westgarth). She blogs at www.thecorporatefail.org.
NSW Fair Trading
Valerie Griswold is the Executive Director for NSW Fair Trading Operations, which is an agency within the Department of Customer Service cluster. She brings an extensive background in government regulation both in Australia and the United States. She is a NSW legal practitioner with vast experience in civil and criminal law, as well as consumer Protection.
In 1989, Valerie joined the Orange County California District Attorney’s Office, where she was a deputy DA. During her 8 years with the office, she prosecuted hundreds of cases, including almost 60 jury trials which involve serious felonies such as attempted murder, stalking, gross vehicular manslaughter, drive-by shootings and more. She was promoted to Senior Deputy District Attorney and served as the head of the Environmental Crimes Unit, chairing the multi-jurisdictional Hazardous Materials Environmental Investigations, and lecturing nationally on the subject.
After moving to Sydney with her family, Valerie requalified to practice law in Australia in 2003. She became the Solicitor Advocate for Fair Trading in 2004, and was later appointed Director of Fair Trading Legal Services. In addition, she served as Acting Director for Home Building Services and also in the department’s Policy area.
After a brief stint at the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian as the Director of Policy and Legal, Valerie returned to Fair Trading as Executive Director for the compliance and enforcement area. Her division includes Fair Trading’s intelligence branch, its Sentinel data project, national projects, investigations, consumer protection unit, just to name a few. She leads over 150 staff in delivering high-quality regulatory services for the people of New South Wales.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Dr Jamie Orchard is a lawyer of over 30 years standing who has practiced primarily in the fields of litigation, enforcement and dispute resolution. Jamie has held executive positions within regulators such as Director of Enforcement of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Managing Director of Enforcement of the Dubai Financial Services Authority and Executive General Manager (Resolutions) of the Financial Ombudsman Service. Jamie currently holds the position of General Counsel at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Jamie has a particular interest in the operations of regulators and has significant experience in implementing new approaches within such bodies to ensure the most effective resolution of complaints.
Earth Resources Regulation
David Witenden has almost 24 years of investigative, regulatory compliance and enforcement experience through his employment with the New South Wales Police Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Justice, Energy Safe Victoria and Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
David is currently employed as the Manager Investigations, with Earth Resources Regulation, the Victorian Mining and Extractives Industry Regulator.
David is a qualified and licenced electrician along with holding formal qualifications including a Graduate Certificate in Law and Practice, Diploma of Policing, Advanced Diploma of Government (Investigations), Advanced Diploma of Management and Advanced Diploma of Health and Safety.
David has an interest in modernising regulators’ investigative capability through the use of technical evidence collection methodologies to ensure a robust and ethical investigation outcome.
Crown Solicitor’s Office
Laura is a Senior Solicitor in the Crown Solicitor’s Office (SA) and she is currently seconded to SafeWork SA to conduct prosecutions under the various Acts administered by the Regulator. Laura has been with the Crown Solicitor’s Office since 2005 and in that time she has undertaken files in the areas of child protection, administrative and consumer law, summary prosecution, environmental and commercial law. Over the last two years Laura has practiced exclusively in the area of work, health and safety. She has acted for a number of Regulatory agencies in both the criminal and civil arenas including the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Primary Industries (Fisheries), Environmental Protection Authority, Department of Environment and Water and SafeWork SA. Prior to commencing at the Crown she worked as a prosecutor for the State Director of Public Prosecutions and as a solicitor for the Legal Services Commission.
Transport Canberra & City Services
Alex Taylor is the Director of Waste Regulation at ACT NoWaste, Transport Canberra and City Services. Alex has responsibility for implementing regulatory and policy interventions under the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Act 2016. These include licensing and registration of waste facilities and transporters in the ACT, comprehensive waste activity reporting by regulated entities, the ACT’s Container Deposit Scheme, enforceable codes of practice, and legislative mechanisms to encourage household recycling.
Before joining ACT NoWaste, Alex led a number of regulatory teams in Australian Government Departments covering legislation concerning National Environment Protection Measures, greenhouse gases and ozone, fuel quality, product stewardship (Television and Computer Recycling Scheme) and the protection of matters of national environmental significance.
Alex holds qualifications in Environmental Science, Organisational Change Management, Project Management, Statutory Compliance, Quality Audit and Information Technology.
Liquor & Gaming NSW
Dimitri Argeres is the Acting Director at Liquor & Gaming NSW, responsible for managing investigations into the more serious breaches of the state’s liquor, gaming and casino legislation.
In previous roles, Dimitri has most recently been responsible for managing and enhancing Liquor & Gaming NSW’s complaint handling, triage and assessment function. Prior to this, Dimitri coordinated operational deployments of licensing inspectors across NSW and coordinated administrative sanctions and enforcement remedies, including the NSW Government’s ‘Three Strikes’ scheme for licensed premises and the ‘Declared Premises Scheme’ for violent venues.
Dimitri has previously held regulatory or investigative roles at the Australian Communications & Media Authority, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission and the Australian Taxation Office.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Franca joined Heavy Vehicle Services as the Manager Compliance Operations three years ago. Franca has applied her experience in regulatory compliance to the heavy vehicle industry. During Franca’s time the Heavy Vehicle Services function at VicRoads has moved from a traditional enforcement approach to a behavioural change approach. This has occurred through the use of technology and intelligence, where patterns of non-compliance have been identified and a balanced response has been applied. This approach has resulted in the volutary compliance by the drivers and operators in the heavy vehicle industry. Franca is passionate about measuring the effectiveness of compliance within the heavy vehicle industry in Victoria.
NSW Department of Primary Industries
After spending 10 years on the front line as a NSW Fisheries Compliance Officer I now work within the management team of the NSW DPI Fisheries Compliance Unit. Leveraging coding skills gained from a Bachelor of Information Technology completed in 2007 I’ve developed multiple information systems including our unit’s operational database ‘Nautilus’, the ‘Fishers Watch’ and ‘Oyster Shipment’ interactive voice response systems, a Fishing Closures GIS database and our officers’ mobile device inspection platform. Systems development, data analysis and reporting of outcomes to demonstrate results remain and enduring priority in my role.
NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment
Started out in the construction industry working as a structural designer for over 10 years working on industrial and residential buildings; moving into over 10 years in local government starting as a building surveyor and environmental health officer and finishing my time in local government working as a team leader in strategic planning (working on LEP’s, DCP’s and precinct masterplans etc).
As a building surveyor/environmental health officer, I inspected projects under construction, I enforced various pieces of legislation including the POEO, the swimming pools act, regulated food premises, undertook regulatory action as required and represented Councils in court; moving to the Department of Planning where I have worked as a compliance officer for over a decade.
When I first started with the Department there were 3 compliance officers overseeing the state of NSW, enforcing compliance on project approvals ranging from residential developments to waste facilities, industrial complexes to coal mines, wind farms and beyond.
The Departments compliance team has expanded since that time to now have five offices located around NSW and we have a team of almost 30 officers with the ability to efficiently regulate State significant projects.
During my time with the Department I have also undertaken a secondment to the Planning Assessment Commission where I assessed mainly coal mine and coal seam gas projects. While this role was challenging I found that each approval determination had a completeness to it as the conditions were robust knowing that I, or one of my colleagues, would have to regulate these approvals through the determination conditions.
I have also undertaken a (6 month) secondment to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as a Unit Head overseeing the assessment, and issuance, of Environment Protection Licenses for State significant Road and Motorway projects.
Returning to the compliance team, I was tasked with overseeing the WestConnex portfolio of approvals in 2016 and am now a team leader tasked with regulating WestConnex and all government projects.
Some of these government projects include NorthConnex, Windsor Bridge, both the Northern Beaches Hospital project as well as the Northern Beaches Road Enhancement Works, Sydney CBD Light Rail, Sydney Opera House and White Bay Cruise Terminal.
My team meets regularly not only with proponents and their contractors but also with community groups and residents through avenues such as the monthly Inner West Council Community Liaison Forum and the RMS hosted Community Reference Group forums. These platforms provide both communities and proponents the ability to directly engage with the Department’s compliance team.
Over seventeen years law enforcement experience with his last assignment as lead investigator for the Homicide Digital and Telecommunications Investigation Unit. Heavily focused on examination of the digital footprint of offender’s and comparison of the footprint to several datasets and the versions provided by witnesses/suspects to validate or refute them.
Current role within Cellebrite is to work with end users and managers of Cellebrite products to maximize the value extracted from their Cellebrite solutions and to be a consultative partner in regard to how our tools can help to advance their investigations. Passionate about ensuring that the volumes of data that are obtained through investigations are managed and accessible for investigators, forensic examiners and intelligence analysts to allow for predictive intelligence assessments and proactive disruption strategies to be deployed.
Belinda is a pro-active, pragmatic and business-savvy manager with over 20 years’ experience in government and business at the strategic and operational levels. She has proven expertise in leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams, within private business and a law enforcement environment, including strong stakeholder engagement, employee relations, performance management, organisational design, change management, and learning and development.
Belinda energetic and results driven, who has considerable experience in managing business change and processes and is able to identify and forecast issues and work in a collaborative manner towards a solution. This involves working with internal and external stakeholders to achieve satisfactory outcomes and influence service delivery. Exceptional communication skills, where she is able to communicate with influence on a number of levels, both with individuals and teams, working with values, culture and change.
Belinda is currently the Manager, Investigations at SafeWork SA providing high-level strategic and operational management ensuring an effective investigative function to Safe Work SA. Leading and providing expert advice on determining matters requiring investigation and compliance initiatives including the conduct of investigations into matters or incidents determined as high risk ensuring that public confidence is maintained.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
David is responsible for managing AMSAs Enforcement and Inspector Support capability. David joined the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in November 2011 and established the domestic vessel compliance unit in 2013, then in 2015 he took on managing AMSAs whole compliance and enforcement capability.
Prior to his employment at AMSA, David worked in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where he managed the Waterways Management initiative for the Department of Transport. Before David’s move to Abu Dhabi in 2009 he worked for the Maritime Regulator in Victoria managing the Waterways Management Unit responsible for drafting the vessel operation and zoning rules for the State.
Office of Environment & Heritage NSW
NSW Environment Protection Authority
The Australian Building and Construction Commission
Kirsty is an experienced IT professional with more than 18 years of experience working predominantly with government. As Head of Business Solutions, she works closely with prospective and existing customers, helping them to meet their strategic business objectives by understanding their complex challenges and designing innovative, cost-effective solutions that work effectively. Kirsty’s technical and analysis background allows her look at the bigger picture when solving problems, whist understanding the complexities of technology challenges. Meeting the needs of our customers, and providing quality solutions is a primary driver for Kirsty and the teams that she manages.
Investigation Management Australia
Craig Doran is the CEO and founder of COMtrac, an innovative solution to the craft of investigation management. Craig is the architect of an investigation management methodology called Elementising Evidence which is designed to streamline the investigation process and enhance the quality of investigation reports and briefs of evidence. Elementising Evidence is now an investigation management methodology that is taught in nationally accredited investigation programs. Elementising Evidence is now often is listed as a functional requirement in government tenders for investigation management systems. The presentation delivered by Craig describes the common risks associated with the efficiency and quality of investigations and how implementing a sound and proven investigation management methodology of Elementising Evidence can dramatically increase the front line capacity of agencies and increase the quality of investigation outcomes and public confidence in regulatory agencies responses to detected non-compliance to legislation and regulatory standards. Elementisiign Evidence has been delivered in training programs to over 60 Commonwealth and State Government regulatory agencies and has been implemented into investigation management systems to over 20 regulatory and private sector agencies throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.