Alliance Office, Deakin, Canberra

Alliance Office, Deakin, Canberra

Alliance Independent Consulting provides capacity building and organisational governance support, as well as technical reviews and services. We specialise in the following areas:

  • technical workshops
  • strategic planning
  • mediated settlement of disputes
  • mentoring and leadership development
  • stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • internal audit, risk, compliance, and corruption prevention
  • public relations and communications
  • legislation reviews, and development of Acts and Regulations
  • data analysis and review
  • monitoring, control and surveillance reviews, and
  • policy review and development.

Steve head shot on boatSteve Dunn is a Director of Alliance Legal Services, and Principal Consultant of the Alliance Independent Consulting Division. Steve worked in the public service in Australia and in the Pacific region for over 20 years before consulting from 2011. He has held a number of senior Government positions including Director of Victorian Fisheries, Director General of NSW Fisheries, Deputy Director General of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency, and Chief Executive of the NSW Maritime Authority.

Since 2011, Steve has worked on a range of projects involving the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Office of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, NSW Transport, NSW DPI, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, DPI Victoria, the NSW Game Council, the PNG National Fisheries Authority, the Snowy Mountains Trout Farm, Archipelago Marine Research (Victoria, British Columbia), and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Afffairs and Trade.

We have worked on a range of projects involving teams of Associates and can assemble multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts as required.

Term contracts are currently held with the:

  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • PNA Office in Majuro, and
  • PNG National Fisheries Authority.
Tonga Policy Workshop

Tonga Policy Workshop November 2016

Current and recently completed consultancy project activities include PNG National Fisheries Authority (organisational governance reforms; IUU policy); FFA (EU IUU regulation compliance); PNA Office (technical, legislation, and policy reviews); Snowy Mountains Trout Farm, Tumut, NSW (new farm development support, training, and governance advice); New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (technical assistance project for Tonga Ministry of Fisheries).

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Plymouth (BSc hons) majoring in fisheries and international law, a Masters of Management degree from Macquarie University Sydney(MMgt), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and holds a Diploma in Government Investigations.


In June 2016 Steve was a Department of Public Prosecutions witness in the Supreme Court jury trial of former NSW Fisheries Minister Eddie Obeid. This trial related to the process of preparing a commercial lease policy for approval by the NSW Cabinet in 2007. Obeid was found guilty by the jury of misconduct in public office. At the time of Obeid’s offence Steve was employed as the Deputy Chief Executive of the Maritime Authority.  The Supreme Court heard that Obeid had lobbied (Steve) “under the cloak of acting for arm’s length constituents when in fact he was acting in his own private interests”. Mr Dunn was not accused of any wrongdoing. The Department of Public Prosecutions ignored statements and claims made in 2014 by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) who had wrongly claimed an involvement by Mr Dunn. The ICAC’s conduct was corrupt. No direct evidence was provided and their claims were in contradiction of all hearing testimony. The subsequent ICAC report to the Commissioner contains direct lies, and is extensively incorrect. An ICAC investigator lied during an investigation interview. In responding to a formal complaint by Mr Dunn the Inspector of ICAC has advised that all reference to the investigation had been removed from the ICAC website.  

The ICAC’s conduct was the subject of a scathing assessment by the Inspector of ICAC for overstepping its powers. The Inspector was asked by Government to assess and report to the parliamentary oversight committee, and an expert panel, on the ICAC’s powers, the exercise of jurisdiction in relevant past and current investigations, and whether the ICAC’s powers are consistent with justice and fairness. The NSW Government subsequently passed legislation to introduce fundamental reforms changing the structure of ICAC so it will be led by three commissioners instead of one, and requiring the commission to publish guidelines for public inquiries that ICAC staff and Counsel Assisting the ICAC must follow. The ICAC now has to give those caught up in inquiries a reasonable opportunity to respond before making an adverse finding; and must include that response in its report if the person requests it.  

The ICAC was accused of bullying cross examination. Acting Inspector of ICAC John Nicholson stated that ICAC’s public hearings had “predetermined” goals. “If goals are predetermined and the bullying of the questioning heads towards the designated goals, they have got their corrupt finding.” Mr Nicholson’s remarks follow those of his predecessor, David Levine, who clashed repeatedly with former ICAC commissioner Megan Latham over what he said was the agency’s “flamboyance and theatre”.  Latham publicly opposed the ICAC restructure approved by parliament. The changes require ICAC to issue guidelines to staff (which must be tabled in parliament) covering procedural fairness at public hearings. The guidelines are also required to deal with the investigation of evidence that might exonerate affected people, the disclosure of exculpatory or other relevant evidence, providing an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses as to their credibility, giving people access to relevant documents and allowing time to prepare before requiring witnesses to give evidence. The changes abolished the current structure, which gave the commissioner God like powers and responsibility for all aspects of ICAC decision making.