Strategically engaging government

On Tuesday 31 May, the incoming Albanese government will meet to decide its Cabinet, Ministers and Portfolios. This is of great interest to the disability employment sector.

Counsel House, a national public affairs and government advisory firm, with a focus on developing government relations for their clients will examine the state of politics, focussed on the new Ministers responsible for Social Services, DES, the NDIS and Employment.

Less than 24 hrs after the new government Ministry is announced, the DES conference will engage these developments and strategies to work with the Albanese government and the opposition.


Andrew Porter Counsel House

Andrew is a highly experienced and respected government relations professional with a strong background in national politics. He has advised some of the most senior figures in Australian business and government, including three Labor leaders: Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Andrew has extensive campaign and public advocacy skills and is widely regarded as a strong opinion shaper. He strengthens Counsel House’s deep networks into some of the most influential decision making corridors in Australia. He has an intimate understanding of both Spring Street and Canberra.

Andrew has held senior roles in the private sector and understands the impact of government decision making on business. During his business career Andrew has been a trusted adviser on major investments by national brands in the mining, energy, ports, transport and logistics sectors, most recently as a General Manager within Linfox.  Andrew has also served as a key adviser to Defence Minister Stephen Smith and has strong insights on security and geopolitical policy matters.

He has consistently been called to lead teams responsible for the successful public positioning of large investments both in government and the private sector. Andrew also has hands on experience advising a number of innovative start-up businesses in their early years of establishment, and supports a number of community organisations with their strategic planning.  He leads Counsel House’s Victorian branch.

Siobhan Hamblin Counsel House

Siobhan has worked at the highest levels of government, through some of the most high-stakes periods of office.  She was most recently the Chief of Staff to the NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and played a senior role helping coordinate the State’s response to Covid-19 and its significant number of associated public policy challenges.

Siobhan is a leading political strategist within the Coalition and has served as a senior adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Michael McCormack, Chief of Staff to NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Maritime and Freight Roads, Duncan Gay. Consequently, Siobhan has a deeply knowledgeable understanding of the political and policy landscape at both the state and federal levels.

Siobhan has been a key in both federal and state election campaigns for the Coalition, and was Chair of the National Party’s Women’s Council.

Siobhan has earnt a strong reputation across the public and private sectors as a shrewd negotiator and a professional with valuable foresight and a keen eye for strategic planning.

Over her decade long career as a senior political adviser, Siobhan has managed policy development and administration in economic portfolios including resources, trade, infrastructure, regional development, primary industries and transport.