James Robertson

James joined Consult Australia in July 2018, bringing with him policy experience across a number of sectors. In October 2020 he became VIC Manager (in addition to his role as Policy Lead).

Prior to joining the team, James was the policy manager at Consult Australia’s sister association in the UK where he was responsible for developing policy positions on key issues affecting the built and natural environment. James also has a background in the Australian Public Service and in consulting, having previously worked in transport, infrastructure, security and health policy areas.

James is keen to understand more about the challenges and opportunities members providing services to Victoria face. Please contact him to talk through any of your issues.


For more information about any of our policy activities in Victoria, click 'VIEW VIC NEWS' below or contact James at: james@consultaustralia.com.au

For more information about any of our Victorian events, click 'VIEW VIC EVENTS' below, or contact our events and marketing team at: info@consultaustralia.com.au or on 02 8252 6700.

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What the VIC Committee does

The VIC Committee gives members the opportunity to develop strategies to tackle local issues as well as contribute to the national agenda. Committee participants are often called upon to represent Consult Australia in local engagement activities (including meetings with government agencies etc). The VIC Committee meets monthly.

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

The 'top 3 takeaways' summarise key issues discussed at the last meeting. These are to help the broader membership understand the activities of the VIC Committee.

  1. PER Act - The committee agreed that more information and guidance is required from the Department of Justice and Community safety to support the upcoming implementation of the PER Act, particularly regarding the definition of the building industry.
  2. Mental health - The fourth Melbourne lockdown is having significant impacts on the mental health of staff and colleagues. The committee is committed to developing an uplifting event to build a sense of connection and support.
  3. Events - The committee is committed to promoting our pipeline of upcoming events both internally, within their own businesses, and externally, through their engagement channels.
Current participants

Below is the list of current VIC Committee participants. Want to get involved? Contact James Robertson.

NameMember Business
David Collett (Chair)SMEC
Rachel NichollsArup
Amy Child AECOM
Andrew BethuneArcadis
Angus Leitch Aurecon
Matt Turinski Beca
Derek HeidenBG&E
Iris Stewart Cardno
Martin Gamble (Vice Chair)Gamcorp
Rodd MickelsonGHD
Andrew Russell Golder 
Emilio De PaulisJacobs
Melissa Griffith (Vice Chair)KBR
Nicole NealTonkin and Taylor

What the FutureNet VIC Committee does

The FutureNet VIC Committee gives young professionals the opportunity to design and run engaging social and educational events that allow their peers to develop valuable networks. The Committee is open to members and non-members. The FutureNet VIC Committee meets monthly and requires engaged individuals willing to create and deliver engaging events.

Current participants

Below is the list of current FutureNet VIC Committee participants. Want to get involved? Contact vic@consultaustralia.com.au.

Caitie McClelland (Chair)AECOM
Nif Islam (Vice Chair)WSP
Victoria HannArup
Dominica WattAurecon
Max BurneyGHD
Coen RomalisGolder
Madeline RichardGolder
Priyanka ChananaJacobs
Mikaela VellaJacobs
Chris NikcevichKBR
Jemma GrotaersSMEC
Liam CoughlanWorley
Anthony NguyenWGA
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More information

If you would like to find out more about the activities in VIC or to join one of the committees, please contact us on: vic@consultaustralia.com.au.