Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) provides policy and legislative advice.

The PAG comprises nominated representatives from all affected states and territories, with collective expertise in biosecurity, water and natural resource management, fisheries and environmental assessment.

A key task for the PAG will be identification of legislation relevant to carp control and co-ordination of approvals. The group has already advanced the process underpinning potential use of biocontrol.

Member affiliations and qualifications for the Policy Advisory Group

Name Job title Affiliation Expertise
Colin Grant
Policy Advisory Group Chair Independent consultant
Applying science to the policy process and government program delivery
Alexander Paull Assistant Director Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Science and Commercialisation Policy Division, Science Policy Branch Science policy
Andrew Warden Senior Policy Officer Commonwealth Environment Water Holder River management, particularly flow management and environmental watering
Jo Kneebone General Manager – water quality and environmental water Environmental management division, Murray-Darling Basin Authority Environmental Management Division Federal water legislation, monitoring NRM outcomes
John Diggle Director of Inland Fisheries Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Service Freshwater fisheries policy, management, biology, and ecology
John Virtue General Manager - Strategy, Policy, and Invasive species Biosecurity SA Invasive Plants and Animals Committee member Biosecurity policy
Dugal McFarlane Northern NSW Assessments Department of the Environment and Energy, Environment Standards Division, Assessments (NSW/ACT) & Fuel Branch. Environmental assessment and federal environmental legislation
Alison McInnes Senior Policy Officer, Biosecurity and Rural Services ACT Parks and Conservation Service Invasive Plants and Animals Committee member Biosecurity and environmental legislation
Richard Stafford-Bell Senior Policy Officer, Invasive Species
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Victoria) Monitoring aquatic ecosystems, Biosecurity legislation
Salvo Vitelli Manager, Partnering and Engagement, Invasive Plants and Animals Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity Queensland Biosecurity legislation