Client advisers

OPC client advisers

OPC client advisers are Parliamentary Counsel from whom client agencies can obtain quick, informal advice about matters in which OPC has expertise, including the following:

  • options for legislative approaches
  • matters necessary, desirable or acceptable for inclusion in Bills or instruments
  • options for improving the standard of instruments and managing the sunsetting of legislative instruments
  • the form of drafting instructions

To obtain advice from OPC client advisers, please contact the relevant Parliamentary Counsel listed below. If the client adviser is unavailable, please contact First Parliamentary Counsel, Peter Quiggin, on (02) 6120 1405. 

 

OPC client advisers

Agency

Bill adviser

Instrument adviser

Attorney-General’s Department

Peter Quiggin

(02) 6120 1405

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Australian Public Service Commission

Peter Quiggin

(02) 6120 1405

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Andrew Freeman

(02) 6120 1448

Andrew Freeman

(02) 6120 1448

Comcare

Toni Walsh

(02) 6120 1425

Sally Vacietis

(02) 6120 1469

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Claire Parkhill

(02) 6120 1423

Nick Horn

(02) 6120 1415

Department of Communications and the Arts

Keith Byles

(02) 6120 1446

Sally Vacietis

(02) 6120 1469

Department of Defence

Angela Theodorelos

(02) 6120 1488

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of Education and Training

Andrew Freeman

(02) 6120 1448

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of the Environment and Energy

Meredith Leigh

(02) 6120 1421

Sally Vacietis

(02) 6120 1469

Department of Finance

Rebecca Considine

(02) 6120 1428

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Claire Parkhill

(02) 6120 1423

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Health

Louise Finucane

(02) 6120 1424

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Home Affairs Liza Quinn

(02) 6120 1438

Sally Vacietis

(02) 6120 1469

Department of Human Services

Olivia Gossip

(02) 6120 1418

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Meredith Leigh

(02) 6120 1421

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Toni Walsh

(02) 6120 1425

Nick Horn

(02) 6120 1415

Department of Jobs and Small Business

Naomi Carde

(02) 6120 1442

Sally Vacietis

(02) 6120 1469

Department of Parliamentary Services and Parliament

Peter Quiggin

(02) 6120 1405

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Peter Quiggin

(02) 6120 1405

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of Social Services

Louise Finucane

(02) 6120 1424

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Naomi Carde

(02) 6120 1442

John King

(02) 6120 1412

The Treasury

Bronwyn Livermore

(02) 6120 1422

Bronwyn Livermore

(02) 6120 1422

 

OPC Guide for Clients

OPC has produced a Guide for Clients to assist the staff of agencies who are instructing OPC on the drafting of a Bill or instrument to understand their role and the role of OPC’s drafters, how OPC’s drafters do their job in the context of the overall legislative process, and how this can affect a particular legislative project. The Guide is available Drafting Manuals page.