Claire Miller Consulting


Passion. Experience. Diligence. Ethics


Claire Miller

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Claire Miller is a senior executive with exceptional skills in strategy, stakeholder engagement and government relations, communications, and media management. She has more than 30 years’ experience immersed in a complex operating environments dealing with controversial issues, particularly in water, energy, climate change and natural resource management.



Melbourne University                 Masters in Environmental Studies 2005 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies 2000

World Press Institute           Macalester College, St Paul, MN         Fellowship in American Studies 1996

Activities & Affiliations

Director, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Board

Associate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Ecosystems and Development Topic coordinator and presenter, 8th World Water Forum, Brasilia, Brazil, 2018

Wilderness Conservation volunteer, Askari Wilderness Program, Pidwa Wilderness Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa, 2016, 2017.


Professional history

2013 - 2018  Manager Policy Strategy, Dairy Australia. Industry leadership role in policy, issues and stakeholder management. Developing positive policy solutions in water, climate change and energy, natural resource management, infrastructure and labour force access. Develop and implement communications and strategy plans. Stakeholder engagement with local, State, and federal government, community, businesses, companies and government agencies. Submissions, issues briefings, and media.

2011 - 2012 Water Policy Analyst, Dairy Australia. Leadership role on industry taskforce to evaluate socioeconomic and environmental implications of major water policy reforms; develop policy response and engagement strategies; and, negotiate and communicate policy position to government.

2007 - 2010 Senior Water Policy Adviser, to the Minister for Water, State Government of Victoria. Oversaw and directed inter-jurisdictional relations and stakeholder engagement; urban and agricultural water saving programs; water augmentation projects; water market reform; metering; drought policy; irrigation upgrades; environmental watering projects; regulatory and pricing matters.

2006 - 2007 Media Adviser, Victorian Attorney-General and Planning Minister. Media inquiries, media releases, opinion pieces, crisis communications management, communications strategy.

1983 - 2005 Senior journalist,  The Age and Sunday Age. Reporting international, national and state environmental issues, federal politics, asylum seekers, transport and general news. Night/day news editor, The Age newspaper. Assigning reporters to news of the day, editing copy, placing copy, and ensuring legal compliance. Journalist/subeditor, The Age newspaper. Reporting on international, national and state environmental issues, rural and regional affairs, state politics and general news; subeditor. Journalist, Leader Newspapers. Reporting on local government and general suburban news.


2005 Author of Snowy River Story, a book about the grassroots campaign to save Australia’s iconic Snowy River 30 years after it was dammed and diverted by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. Publisher: ABC Books.

2001 to present - Contributor to Ecological Society of America’s monthly magazine, Frontiers in Ecology.

International travel/study

2016, 2017 South Africa - Volunteer for one month on Askari Wilderness Conservation Program, on the Pidwa Nature Reserve in Limpopo Province near Kruger National Park.

2013 Spain - Presenter at the 3rd International Water Association Conference on Water Economics and Statistics, with a paper on full socio-economic accounting for the cost of environmental water reforms in Australia’s Murray-Darling River Basin.

2004 Study tour, European Union Visitors Program. To examine the gaps between rhetoric and reality in EU policy on global warming.

2000 John Douglas Pringle Award, awarded by the British High Commission and the National Press Club. A study project on issues relevant to relations between Australia and the UK. My project was entitled ‘green consumerism and international trade links’.