Reviewer and Expert Panel
The review was undertaken by Professor Graeme Samuel AC, who has specialist expertise in public policy in economic reform and regulation.
Professor Samuel was supported by an Expert Panel who brought expertise and experience in industry, environmental law, agriculture and Indigenous culture and heritage. Professor Samuel drew on other technical expertise as required.
Professor Graeme Samuel AC is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. He is also President of Dementia Australia, Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council National Institute for Dementia Research, Chair of Lorica Health, Chair of South East Melbourne Primary Health Network and Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand.
Professor Samuel’s previous roles include Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and President of the National Competition Council. He was Chair of the Australian Government's Panel of the Review of Australia's Independent Medical Research Institutes and advisor to the Department of Health in its review of private health insurance.
Most recently, Professor Samuel was a member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into the culture, governance and accountability of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and was Chair of the panel which conducted a Capability Review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. He has also just completed a review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.
In 2010, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through contributions in economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations.
The Expert Panel
Bruce Martin is a Wik Ngathan man from the community of Aurukun on the Western Cape York Peninsula. He has 10 years’ experience in the community development sector.
Mr Martin has worked for the Cape York Land Council, the Wuchopperen Aboriginal Medical Service, the Queensland Department of Families in Cairns and the Aurukun Shire Council. He is a member of the board of the Indigenous Land Corporation, the Managing Director Regional Development Corporation and Director Civil Safety FNQ. Mr Martin is president of the Cape York Peninsula Live Export Group and a member of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait. He has been instrumental in the establishment of APN (Our Ancestral Country), a community-owned organisation focusing on the development of productive livelihoods on traditional Wik country. APN is now one of the largest employers of local Aboriginal people in Cape York. Mr Martin was an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Dr Erica Smyth AC has over 40 years’ experience in the minerals and petroleum industry, initially as an exploration geologist and later in government approvals, corporate affairs and community consultation for BHP and Woodside. She worked for ten years in the oil and gas industry managing government and environmental approvals for offshore facilities, LNG and methanol facilities in Australia. Dr Smyth has helped develop the modern approach to community consultation, social impact assessment and environmental approvals for titanium minerals, petroleum and uranium projects in Australia.
Dr Smyth is currently the Chair of National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Advisory Board and is a non executive director of the MinEx CRC and the NERA Growth Centre. She is also co-founder and Chairman of networking group Mega Data Cluster WA.
Dr Wendy Craik AM is a respected policy advisor with a wealth of experience in natural resource management in Australia and overseas. She is the current Chair of the Climate Change Authority, and recently undertook the Independent Review into Interactions Between the EPBC Act and the Agriculture Sector (2018). Dr Craik’s previous roles include CEO of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, President of the National Competition Council, Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Executive Director of National Farmers Federation and Executive Officer of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Dr Craik has led several other reviews, including the Review of Governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2017) and the National Biosecurity Review (2017). She holds a PhD (Zoology) from the University of British Columbia.