Victorian Government Solicitor's Office Monthly Seminar Series

Governance and Planning for Environmental Risk

Monday 29 April 2019


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The Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office invites you to hear from experienced professionals as they discuss identifying, planning for and managing environmental risk, in the context of regulatory changes, environmental changes and principles of good governance. 
Louise Paech, Environment Protection Authority, will open with a discussion of the implications for government and it’s entities in relation to the general environmental duty and contaminated land responsibilties arising from significant amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1970.
Michael Wheelahan, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will focus on climate risk and the associated implications for the Victorian Public Sector, including legal obligations to foresee and manage those risks.
George Triantafillou, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, will consider climate change risk from the perspective of the State insurer, reflecting on the global risks landscape, the impact of climate change, risk management approaches and implications for risk transfer markets. George will also broadly discuss VMIA’s approach to risk. 

Event details

Date Monday 29 April 2019
Time 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Venue Theatrette, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
CPD 1 unit, Substantive Law
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We welcome members of the Victorian Public Sector to attend this free seminar. If you are unsure of your eligability, please contact us.
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About your speakers

Louise Paech, Assistant General Counsel & Co-Manager Legal Services Unit - EPA

Louise has been a lawyer at EPA for more than 15 years. Louise co-manages a team providing in-house legal services to the EPA. The team’s work includes prosecution of offences under the Environment Protection Act 1970 for pollution and environmental hazard, representing the Authority in VCAT and the Supreme Court in reviews against statutory notices such as Clean-Up Notices and Pollution Abatement Notices, providing advice on a range of issues incorporating criminal, administrative and corporate law issues and review of contracts.

Michael Wheelahan, Director, Climate Change Policy - DELWP

Michael has over twenty years’ experience in policy, strategy and governance roles in the Victorian Public Sector.  Prior to his current role, Michael was Director, Governance in the Water and Catchments Group where he led the development of the State’s most successful emissions reduction program to date for the Victorian water sector.  Michael and his team are building awareness of climate risk and the ways to manage it and report on it amongst Victorian government agencies.


George Triantafillou, Head of Risk DJPR, DOT, DELWP - VMIA

George Triantafillou is Head of Risk within VMIA’s Risk Services division. He has over 15 years’ experience in governance and risk management, and leads VMIA’s risk and insurance advisory support for a number of Victorian Government Departments and portfolio agencies, including within the environment, transport and planning sectors.

George Joined VMIA in January 2011, after five years at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, supervising general insurers, superannuation funds and friendly societies. He is a CPA and CIP (ANZIIF) in addition to tertiary qualifications in economics and finance.


Monday 12:30PM 29 Apr 19 2019
12:30pm to 2:00pm