As at 30 June 2015, the Clean Energy Regulator statutory agency comprised an Operations Division, Renewables and Carbon Farming Division, Reporting and Carbon Market Division, and the offices of the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel.
The Chair of the Regulator is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Energy Regulator for the purposes of the
Public Service Act 1999.
Ms Munro's experience and qualifications are described on page 20.
The Chief Executive Officer provides advice, implements the Regulator's decisions and meets regulatory objectives within a whole-of-government context. In this role, the Chief Executive Officer also directs Clean Energy Regulator staff and is entrusted to lead the agency to support the Regulator in administering the regulatory schemes for which it is responsible.
Mr Purvis-Smith has extensive regulatory and law enforcement experience, including roles with the Australians Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Mr Purvis-Smith has also worked as a private sector lawyer in national and local firms, specialising in litigation.
Mr Purvis-Smith holds degrees in arts and law and a master's degree in international law.
The General Counsel is responsible for the agency's delivery and procurement of legal services, the coordination of legislative proposals and consultation, and the agency's deregulation agenda. The General Counsel also administers freedom of information, ombudsman and privacy matters on behalf of the agency.
Mr Sakellaris has extensive experience in climate change policy and programmes. He contributed to the Clean Energy Regulator's establishment, including the agency's enabling legislation, compliance policy, collaboration with other regulatory agencies, fraud control measures and intelligence capability.
Mr Sakellaris has held various positions in the climate change and environment portfolios focusing on policy and programmes to reduce emissions and encourage low-emissions energy sources, international treaty negotiations and climate change partnerships with other countries. He has also worked with the states and territories to rationalise and improve reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and energy data, culminating in the creation of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme.
The Office of the Chief Executive Officer supports the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Leadership Team in defining and implementing the agency's strategic direction.
Mr Ramsden held senior finance positions in several government agencies before joining the Clean Energy Regulator, including the Department of Health and Ageing, ComSuper, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Mr Ramsden has also worked in operational law enforcement, including with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Mr Ramsden holds a business degree in accounting and finance and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
The Operations Division provides business and support services to enable the Clean Energy Regulator to meet its obligations and priorities. It sets policy and provides services and advice on information and communications technology services, governance, performance reporting, parliamentary accountability, financial management and procurement, media and communications, and human resources management.
Mr Williamson has extensive senior executive experience in the private sector and state and local government. He previously held a national commercial and technical position in an ASX 200 company and was Executive Director of the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, leading that agency's regulatory operations across a diverse range of environmental legislation.
Mr Williamson has qualifications in applied science and postgraduate qualifications in management.
The Renewables and Carbon Farming Division administers the Carbon Farming Initiative, the Renewable Energy Target and elements of the carbon pricing mechanism. This includes educating participants, assessing applications, monitoring compliance, issuing carbon units and partial exemption certificates, managing scheme liability, and maintaining registries.
Note: the Carbon Farming Initiative was integrated in the Emissions Reduction Fund from December 2014.
Ms Swirepik has an extensive background in environmental management and regulatory experience. She previously worked at the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, receiving a Public Service Medal for her work on The Living Murray programme. Ms Swirepik transferred to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in late 2008, when it took over the functions of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. Ms Swirepik also worked for a decade with the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.
Ms Swirepik holds qualifications at a masters level in applied science, focusing on natural resource management.
The Reporting and Carbon Market Division administers the Emissions Reduction Fund, National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units and, during 2014–15, managed the residual aspects of the carbon pricing mechanism. This Division develops and implements capabilities associated with registration and reporting, compliance monitoring, audit and auditor registration, publication and disclosure of greenhouse and energy information, liability determination and acquittal, as well as holding auctions for the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Note: This position was previously held by Mr Ross Carter. Mr Carter's experience across the spectrum of climate change related policy, regulation and programmes included administering the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 as the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer.
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