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From Declaring War to Turning the Tide on Waste: Driving Sustained Behaviour Change

  • RMIT University 336-348 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3008 Australia (map)


Hear about how behaviour change has been embedded in initiatives across the waste and resource sphere. Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with behaviour change programs.

Hosted by Matt Genever from Sustainability Victoria, this event will provide attendees with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with behaviour change programs.


Liam Smith from Behaviour Works (Monash University) will be discussing the theory, its application related to waste and lessons that can be applied to waste and resource recovery.

Mark Smith from the Victorian Waste Management Authority will share his experiences from past work on waste education strategy and what VWMA is doing to tackle behaviour change.

Donna Shiel from Port Phillip Council will talk about how a local government is embedding behaviour change in the waste and resource recovery actions being planned by Council.

Who should attend?

 This event is perfect for you if you are:

  •  Working with or interested in behavioural change programs,

  • Keen to hear about resource recovery and waste management theory and practical application, or

  • Have an interest in sustainability, conservation or environmental programs.

What is the benefit of this event?

After this event you will have:

  • Seen case studies of how behaviour change has been embedded in initiatives across the waste and resource recovery sphere,

  • Gained an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with behaviour change programs


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Interested in finding out more about behaviour change in the context of waste and resource recovery?


Members - Complimentary
Staff of Corporate Members - Complimentary
Non-Member - $60.00 (inc GST)


Event Details

Friday 12 April 2019
3.00pm - 4.30pm

  • Registrations from 2.30pm

  • Event commences at 3.00pm

  • Event concludes at 4.30pm


RMIT University
The Green Brain, Building 16 (Storey Hall) Level 7, Room 7-8
336-348 Swanston Street

Speaker Bios

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Liam Smith - Associate Professor and Director, BehaviourWorks Australia

Associate Professor Liam Smith is the Director of BehaviourWorks Australia at Monash University, a unit he established at Monash’s Sustainable Development Institute in 2011.  Under Liam’s Directorship, BehaviourWorks has grown to 30 staff and 20 PhD students who work in partnership with government and the private sector to design and deliver research and evidence-informed behaviour change programs to address a raft of health, environmental and social issues.

Liam currently holds positions on VicHealth’s Leading Thinker Taskforce, Zoos Victoria’s Scientific Advisory Committee, South East Water’s Customer Engagement Committee, Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s Executive and is a Director on the Board of Inclusive Australia.


Mark Smith - Executive Officer, Victorian Waste Management Authority

Mark is the head of the Victorian Waste Management Association. He was appointed last year – at the start of what’s been penned as a recycling crisis.

He has over 15 years of experience working across VicRoads, Toyota, EPA, Sustainability Victoria and as well as working on projects for NGOs: Thorn Harbour Health, Centre for Multicultural Youth and Hockey Victoria.

Mark studied consumer behaviour at RMIT and recently completed a 12 month leadership program with Liberated Leaders where he’s gained a new appreciation of the importance of the human connection and community in how we engage as leaders in our increasingly decentralised, individualised, complex society.  

Mark is energised by working on complex problems and believes that the triad of business, government and community need to recognise the shared responsibility we play in creating, but also solving society’s challenges and problems.

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Donna Shiel - Senior Project Officer Waste Futures, City of Port Phillip

Donna is an environmental scientist and engagement specialist who designs collaborative, community-based solutions to waste and resource recovery challenges, including litter and illegal dumping.

She designed Victoria's first app for land managers to record, manage and share illegal dumping data, and, in partnership with NSW EPA and EPA Victoria, developed Victoria’s training program for investigating illegal dumping.

After 5 years in State Government coordinating the Victorian Litter Action Alliance, Donna made the move back to local government to deliver City of Port Phillip’s ambitious Waste Management Strategy, Don’t Waste It!

In her spare time, Donna works as a broadcaster on 3CR community radio, presenting a weekly marine news show, and as a meditation teacher facilitating mindfulness with her clients.

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Matt Genever - Sustainability Victoria

Matt Genever is Director of Resource Recovery at Sustainability Victoria, a statutory agency that seeks to promote the sustainable use of resources. Matt has spent more than 17 years working across the waste and resource recovery sector, in government, industry and not-for-profit roles. A recognised leader in the sector, Matt brings knowledge across a broad range of waste and recycling issues, from policy and regulation, through technology, materials efficiency and markets for waste-derived commodities.

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