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Introducing our new Executive Director

As the new Executive Director of the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme, I'm excited to lead our important work – which aims to protect human health and the environment.

I first became involved in this area as an environmental risk assessment manager for NICNAS in the early 2000s, and again when leading the Office of Chemical Safety (OCS) within the Department of Health in the early 2010s.

It is now just over a year since the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019 commenced. In that context, I pay due regard to the work of all interested parties who helped us to reach this milestone – the regulated industry, community, Office of Chemical Safety (OCS) staff and others within the Health Department and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

In particular, I recognise the leadership of former Executive Director Dr Brian Richards, and of Dr Roshini Jayewardene, who acted as the Executive Director prior to my appointment.

Having worked in and around chemical regulation at various times and in various roles since 1993, I've had the opportunity to talk with people who offer industry and community perspectives. I'm looking forward to refreshing old working relationships and making new ones as I work with the OCS team to deliver the scheme.


Graeme Barden

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