team comprises people with direct experience in and a strong
understanding of Australia's political and policy processes. We have
extensive experience in and intimate understanding of the processes of
government at the highest levels. We specialise in building constructive, mutually beneficial
partnerships between business and government. With significant
experience, GR Solutions plays a vital role in many organisations'
efforts to be seen and heard by key political and bureaucratic
decision-makers at the Federal, State and Local Government levels.
GR Solutions Managing Director, the Hon. Wayne Matthew, served for
16 years in the South Australian House of Assembly (14 years on the
front bench) and was a Minister in successive Liberal Governments,
serving in a variety of portfolios, including as Minister for Minerals
and Energy. He also served as Administrative and Information Services
Minister (construction, procurement, and information technology) and as
Police, Correctional Services and Emergency Services Minister. After
leaving politics he established GR Solutions to provide a non-partisan
advisory service. Wayne has extensive experience in policy development,
government reform and contracting of government services to the private
sector. The Minerals and Energy portfolio has equipped him with a solid
knowledge of the mining and petroleum industries and associated
GR Solutions are registered lobbyists in the Commonwealth of Australia
and in the State Jurisdictions of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland,
Western Australia and South Australia. In March 2010 we were invited by
the Federal Minister of State to a 'roundtable discussion' at Parliament
House, Canberra. Participants included the Minister, Senior bureaucrats
from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and a select small
group of GR consultants to discuss and frame the next stage in the
development of the Federal 'Lobbying Code of Conduct'.
GR Solutions has the experience to represent a wide variety of issues to
Australian Federal, State and Local Governments and to find the
solutions to the issues of concern.
Why Engage in Government Relations Activity?
Dealing with Government in all it's forms
is an important function of any organisation. Government is a key
stakeholder in the future of just about every organisation in Australia,
whether it is a business, public body or voluntary organisation,
Government relationships therefore should be managed pro-actively in the
same way as relationships with clients, customers, suppliers and the
general public would be.
Government Relations: Different from Public Relations!
Public relations is very much focused on the wider media whereas
Government Relations tends to be focused on Government policy, the
legislative process and executive decision making. It is extended to
include those who have a secondary influence on policy (key
influencers). It is about managing an organisation's profile and
reputation with elected representatives and policy makers. Government
Relations activity can include a number of elements in a range of
combinations, depending on the context, including, mentoring, media
relations, lobbying, strategic issues management, campaigning, crisis
management and events.
Taking a Strategic Approach
GR Solutions strategically plans and tactically implements Government
Relations programs that help our clients steer their issues through
shifting policy and regulatory environments, providing them with the
strategic positioning they need to succeed.
We incorporate our understanding of Government and political
processes into the Government Relations strategies we create for our
clients. We constantly engage with political landscape to track
developments occurring within political parties, committees, legislative
and consultative processes, the media and other relevant processes and
organisations to deliver timely political analysis and advice to our
Code of Conduct
GR Solutions requires that our representation and advocacy is undertaken
in an open, honest and fully accountable manner. We abide by a Code of
Conduct that can be accessed by clicking on the pdf link:
Government Relations Solutions Pty Ltd
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