Improving the Regulatory Environment for the Extractive Industries in Victoria

Anna Cronin

Commissioner for Better Regulation, Red Tape Commissioner – State Government of Victoria


The Victorian Government has embarked on a program of reforms to the way in which access to, and development of, earth resources are regulated.  Already significant reductions in red tape have been delivered as part of a package of measures which came out of a report by the Commissioner for Better Regulation, Anna Cronin.  Anna’s report – entitled Getting the Groundwork Right – set out recommendations for action over three time phases: immediate; medium and longer term.  The Government endorsed these recommendations and has set out a pathway to implement these reforms,  They include the development of a new legislative framework for the regulation of the earth resources sector in Victoria.  In her presentation to the conference, Anna will outline this reform journey and what has been achieved, with particular emphasis on the impacts on the extractives industry. 


Anna Cronin is Victoria’s first Commissioner for Better Regulation, appointed by the Victorian Government in 2015. In June 2018, the Victorian Government appointed her as Red Tape Commissioner as well.

Anna has considerable experience in regulatory issues across many policy areas, including in agricultural and mining regulatory and approvals frameworks. She has also held a number of board positions in the government and not-for-profit sectors, including on the Australian Landcare Council and Rural Skills Australia. Anna was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to rural leadership. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne.

Anna graduated from the Australian National University in economics and econometrics and started her career as an economist in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, and (what is now) the Productivity Commission. She has been closely involved in policy development for 25 years from diverse perspectives, including as CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, as the senior bureaucrat responsible for major project approvals in the Western Australian Government’s State Development department and as Chief of Staff to two Premiers in the Victorian Government.