Dr Phillip Johnstone

Senior Policy Officer – Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria), Seconded to Monash University
p. (03) 9905 9510

Phillip is a senior policy officer with Victoria’s Department of Sustainability and Environment, seconded to the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He has over 20 years experience in a range of environmental policy and strategy development roles at local, state and national levels of government.
This includes a number of years at EPA Victoria managing water and catchment policy where he was responsible for development of several State environment protection policies that set key environmental objectives (including the nitrogen reduction targets for Port Phillip Bay) and, in partnership with Melbourne Water, the development of Victoria’s Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines for Urban Stormwater.
Phillip has also spent several years in local government at Bayside City Council, where he was responsible for the Bayside Environmental Sustainability Framework and initiated the development of the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord (a partnership program between the Victorian Government and local governments). He also led the Clean Stormwater – Planning Framework initiative for the Association of Bayside Municipalities that has provided the basis for including Water Sensitive Urban Design provisions in municipal planning schemes.

Phillip’s involvement in the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities is to lead the Science-Policy Partnership which is a joint initiative between Monash University and the Department of Sustainability and Environment.