Acting Branch Head, Strategic Water Policy and Engagement
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Chris currently heads up the Strategic Water Policy and Engagement Branch providing strategic policy advice to the Commonwealth Water Minister on international, national, urban and Murray-Darling Basin water resource management matters in the Water Division of the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. Chris’s career path has taken him from a beginning in horticulture and arboriculture, through studies in forestry, to public policy on urban forestry, water and climate change. A majority of his policy career has focussed on water policy, in particular on the Murray–Darling Basin. He was closely involved in the preparation of the Commonwealth Water Act, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the establishment of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority. Throughout his career in public policy, Chris has enjoyed working collaboratively to develop creative solutions to complex problems that deliver positive outcomes for the Australian people and our countries unique environment.