Andrew commenced the role of National Wind Farm Commissioner in November 2015.
He is an experienced executive, chairman and company director. Andrew serves on a number of boards including Cancer Council Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Monash University.
Previous board roles include Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council and serving on the boards of the Transport Accident Commission, Grampians Water and the East Grampians Health Service.
Immediately prior to his current board career, Andrew was the Victorian Government Commissioner to the Americas, based in San Francisco.
Andrew’s professional career includes executive and operational roles in the utilities, telecommunications, information technology and professional services industries, primarily in Australia and North America.
A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with first class honours from Monash University and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The Commissioner’s role is guided by the Terms of Reference issued by the Minister for the Environment on 9 October 2015, and subsequently updated by the Minister on 4 May 2016.The Office of the National Wind Farm Commissioner helps community members address their concerns about wind farms. The Office also identifies and promotes best practices for the wind industry, working with stakeholders from all levels of government, industry and the community.
The Office performs the following roles:
- facilitating the referral and resolution of complaints received from concerned residents about planned or operating wind farms
- providing greater transparency about wind farm activity in Australia; and
- identifying and promoting best practices related to the planning, development and operation of wind farms, including standards and compliance, complaint handling procedures and community engagement.
The Commissioner also draws on the work of the Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines
The negotiated settlement of the Renewable Energy Target in mid 2015 is expected to lead to increased construction of wind turbines in the next five years.
The Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines, held during 2015, identified many issues of concern relating to the standards, monitoring and operation of wind farms.
The Government responded positively to the recommendations of the Committee's Interim Report, including creation of the role of a National Wind Farm Commissioner.
The Commissioner will work collaboratively with all levels of government, scientists, industry and the community to resolve complaints from communities about proposed and operational wind farms.
The Commissioner will refer complaints about wind farms to relevant state authorities and help ensure that they are properly addressed.
The Commissioner will work with stakeholders to identify needs and priorities for monitoring wind farms.
The Commissioner will lead efforts to promote best practices, information availability, and provide a central, trusted source for dissemination of information.
The Commissioner, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, will report to the Minister for the Environment and provide an Annual Report to the Australian Parliament on delivering against these Terms of Reference.
The work of the Commissioner will not duplicate or override the important statutory responsibilities of other jurisdictions, such as those relating to the planning and approval of wind farms.
The Commissioner is to draw on the work of the Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines.
The role of the National Wind Farm Commissioner will be established for an initial period of three years and will be reviewed by the Australian Government.
The Office receives and handles complaints in accordance with our Complaints Handling Policy and Information Handling Policy.