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

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Australian Public Service Commission

Meredith Leigh

(02) 6120 1421

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Gretel Burmester

(02) 6120 1327

Gretel Burmester

(02) 6120 1327

Comcare

Matthew Sait

(02) 6120 1407

Matthew Sait

(02) 6120 1407

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Claire Parkhill

(02) 6120 1423

Matthew Sait

(02) 6120 1407

Department of Defence

Michelle Fletcher

(02) 6120 1434

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Andrew Freeman

(02) 6120 1448

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Finance

John King

(02) 6120 1412

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Paul Millington

(02) 6120 1471

Fiona Ganter

(02) 6120 1316

Department of Health

Louise Finucane

(02) 6120 1424

Fiona Ganter

(02) 6120 1316

Department of Home Affairs Angela Theodorelos

(02) 6120 1488

Matthew Sait

(02) 6120 1407

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Rebecca Considine

(02) 6120 1428

Fiona Ganter

(02) 6120 1316

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Toni Walsh

(02) 6120 1425

Gretel Burmester

(02) 6120 1327

Department of Parliamentary Services and Parliament

Daniel Lovric

(02) 6120 1420

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Peter Quiggin

(02) 6120 1405

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Social Services

Bevan Murray

(02) 6120 1480

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Sally Vacietis

(02) 6120 1469

Madeleine Macdonald

(02) 6120 1468

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.