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Bernie Dean

Chief Executive

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Bernie assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in September 2018 after five years in senior roles at ISA, and a long career working with government, unions and employer groups to improve the lives of working people.

Prior to joining ISA, Bernie held a number of senior positions in the Victorian public service. As the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for many years Bernie led WorkSafe Victoria’s award winning marketing program to drive down rate and cost of workplace injuries. Bernie later became the General Manager of OHS Strategy, leading collaboration between the regulator, employer and union bodies to develop policy and regulatory solutions to tough problems faced by workers; like asbestos removal, dangerous machines and manual handling.

Previous to his departmental roles, Bernie was a senior adviser to the former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks on issues including infrastructure and public transport.

Before his career in government, Bernie worked as an organiser with the ACTU in the mid-1990s where he represented and campaigned alongside workers across the public, hospitality and finance sectors.

Bernie holds an Honours Degree in Politics and History from Melbourne University and has completed extensive courses in Business Administration and Management at Harvard Business School.

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