Our workforce and governance

The Conservation Regulator has more than 120 staff spread across the state providing important services to the Victorian community.

Our organisational structure

The Chief Conservation Regulator leads the Conservation Regulator. There are 3 business units reporting to the Chief.

Office of the Chief Conservation Regulator

Delivering strategic coordination and business management support, and advice to the Chief.

Regulatory Strategy and Permissions Branch

Delivering regulatory policy, strategy, operational procedures, capability development, permissions reform, and statewide wildlife permissions delivery.

Regulatory Operations Branch

Planning and delivering statewide operational programs, including support for and monitoring of compliance, and enforcement of the law.

Our organisation structure

  • Our organisation structure

Our people


  • Location


  • Gender

Employment status

VPS grade

  • VPS grade

Advisory groups

Independent Regulation Advisory Committee

An Independent Regulation Advisory Panel (IRAP) was established in 2019 and comprises three members who are experts in the field of environmental regulation.

The role of IRAP is to provide advice to the Chief Conservation Regulator to support the pursuit of regulatory excellence.

The responsibilities of IRAP include:

  • Providing advice to the Chief on best practice regulation
  • Providing advice to the Chief on the Conservation Regulator’s settings for regulatory policy and governance, and operational oversight
  • Reviewing matters referred to IRAP by the Chief.

Stakeholder Reference Group

The Stakeholder Reference Group includes representatives from environmental non-government organisations, industry, local government and community organisations.

The Stakeholder Reference Group provides advice to the Chief Conservation Regulator on:

  • The drivers leading to breaches of regulations
  • The design and delivery of an effective mix of regulatory activities to support compliance
  • The effectiveness and appropriateness of our communication and engagement approaches
  • Opportunities for improvement.