Peter Bridgman

Peter Bridgman BA(Hons), LLB(Hons),  Barrister-at-Law


Decisive Consultants

Peter Bridgman formed Decisive Consultants in 2006 to advise government and private sectors in policy, legislation, decision making and good governance.

Policy Skills

Peter offers the acclaimed Policy Skills programs in conjunction with Nonie Malone of Foresight Consulting.

Curriculum vitae

With first class honours degrees in both Psychology (UQ) and Law (QUT) Peter is qualified in law, psychology and has worked in developing innovative solutions for clients in child protection, the environment, natural resource management, grain production and trading, water, fisheries, health, transport, biosecurity, human rights, transport, higher education, local government, defense, corporate governance, employment and workforce relations, ethics and integrity, and international education.

Peter coauthored The Australian Policy Handbook (Australia’s leading textbook on public policy, now in its seventh edition) with Glyn Davis, Catherine Althaus Sarah Ball and David Threlfall. This authoritative guide to the practice and process of public policy in Australia combines sound analysis and practical know-how in a handbook of great value to students, teachers and practitioners.’

Peter has an unparalleled record in complex decision making, policy development and implementation, legislative drafting, organisational development legal advice, ethics and integrity advice and executive management.

His experience includes leadership in international public sector development in Mongolia as International Consultant on Ethics, Integrity and Transparency, and Lesotho, where he undertook an assessment of the national anti-corruption body, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEO). He has also prepared materials for a leading international anti-corruption website.

Peter led the central policy agency of the Queensland government as well as its central governance agency. He has been Cabinet Secretary, head of Arts Queensland, and directed international, non-government and higher education. He was corporate legal counsel of a major government department, and has board experience on government corporations and statutory authorities.

He is a former Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leader and facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has trained as a quality auditor (Australian Universities Quality Agency) and mediator (Bond University and Australian Commercial Disputes Centre) and has been a nationally accredited mediator.

He is a Governor of WWF Australia, and director of Grain Producers Australia Ltd and previously, The Story Project Ltd, and is actively involved in arts and culture organisations in Brisbane. Peter holds the AICD Advanced Diploma and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Peter is a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and previously the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Peter has published on topics as diverse as statutory interpretation, native title, freedom of information, administrative law, policy formulation in agriculture, the separation of powers and machinery of government.

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