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Ashley Bunce

Director, Regulatory Operations

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Alumni Advisory Council


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Victoria, Australia

Ashley Bunce

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Ashley is Director Regulatory Operations with the Office of the Conservation Regulator which was established as in 2019 as an independent regulator to strengthen the protection of Victoria’s environment.

He has wide-ranging public sector experience leading strategy and policy development and operational service delivery. He has led major reform initiatives, including:

Introducing a waste levy in Queensland to provide a market signal to reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill while providing a source of funding for reinvestment in the resource recovery and recycling industry to grow the economy and create jobs
Strengthening the biosecurity system in Queensland to better mitigate the risks and impacts of animal pests and diseases on the economy, environment, social amenity and human health
Introducing new laws to shut down cruel puppy farms
Implementing Australia’s first threatened species prioritisation and investment framework for cost-effective allocation of limited conservation resources to achieve the greatest biodiversity benefits

Ashley began his career began in the university sector where he engaged and inspired the next generation of conservation scientists and led world-class research with expertise in developing innovative solutions for the conservation and management of marine biodiversity both locally and globally. He continues to hold an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the University of Queensland where he teaches public policy at the postgraduate level.

He holds qualifications in science (BSc(Hons) and PhD) from the University of Melbourne, an EMPA from ANZSOG (Griffith University) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ashley Bunce graduated from the Executive Master of Public Administration in 2011 and Towards Strategic Leadership in 2018 and is a member of ANZSOG’s Alumni Advisory Council. To find out more about the Alumni Advisory Council, click here