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GovComms: The Future of Government Communication


Through conversation with industry greats, experts and innovators from around the world, GovComms delivers the latest insights and best practice in government communication. We provide the resources to help you, the government and public sector, communicate policies, services and regulations with impact.

A podcast by contentgroup, leaders in government communication.

Mar 4, 2019

Matthew Abbott, Senior Executive Leader – Corporate Affairs. Matthew is head of media, government relations, internal communications, publications and the internet at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Before joining ASIC in 2010, Matthew was a director of a public affairs consultancy, held a senior corporate affairs role with global shopping centre company, the Westfield Group, been an adviser to Joe Hockey in the Howard Government and worked for several NSW Liberal leaders. He has also worked as a financial journalist in the United Kingdom and started his career as a staff reporter with the Australian Financial Review.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) and a Master of Public Affairs (Sydney University). He also lectures on media and political campaigning in a masters program at Sydney University.

Discussed in todays episode:

  • Influencing behavior from a corporate affairs position
  • How self-sufficient regulators are regarding media and communications output
  • Measuring communications progress towards a strategic objective
  • How is the regulatory communications environment is changing
  • The shared challenges amongst regulatory communicators
  • Managing the media spotlight on the Royal Banking Commission
  • The right stories to tell
  • Advice for government communicators