Client history
The Geelong Consulting Group enjoys enduring relationships with amazing clients.

Working alongside the company secretariat, corporate affairs, financial reporting and investor relations teams, we created the Annual Report, Sustainability Report, Corporate Governance Statement and Notice of Meeting, which is distributed to hundreds of thousands of Australian shareholders.

We love the reporting suite and 2020 saw us build capacity, design and content, including the introduction of two new documents, the Tax Contribution Report and Modern Slavery Statement.  

Coles Group

Working out of the Melbourne headquarters of this global resources company to set the framework for sustainability reporting was a complex and fascinating role.

There were major issues to cover and it was time best addressed through an issues-based report. Driving the content and working with a fabulous team to engage stakeholders at all levels in the businesses and across all Group functions of this high performing business is always satisfying.

A really comprehensive result reflective of the passion of the team.

BHP Billiton

Working with icon and legend, Sue Alberti, was a joyful, entertaining and inspiring experience.

Pulling together her incredible story of tragedy, ambition and outstanding achievement involved personal interviews with fifty well-known Australians.

The verdict was unanimous and clear – Susan Alberti is one of a kind.

As gracious as she is determined, as competitive as she is humble, “call me Sue” packs a personality punch and is the star of a compelling life tale.

Dr Susan Alberti AC

Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer to develop a suite of ‘transformational’ strategic documents was highly rewarding. Our work included the Strategic Plan, marketing collateral and a membership/partnership strategy to ensure members align with strategic objectives and demonstrate a commitment to the betterment of Geelong.

Geelong is no longer in transition, it is now transforming and the Committee for Geelong (CfG) is a critical player in the shift. With a clearly articulated strategic plan and measurable objectives, supported by compelling evidence of Geelong’s successful future, the CfG was one of our most intensely interesting and pacesetting clients.

Committee for Geelong

 As one of the world’s largest gold mining companies Newcrest Mining has a strong rhythm with sustainability reporting and it was a delight to work with fellow industry experts on their Sustainability Report.  We introduced new and innovative approaches and the Report is comprehensive and representative of a strong sense of collegiality in the organisation.

Mergers and acquisitions require extensive stakeholder management and integration of the Red Chris mine in Canada into the Newcrest family involved a sound engagement strategy, depth interviews and detailed analysis from our team.  The complexities and insights provided from our change management team assisted with a smooth transition.   

Newcrest Mining

Working with a company that has the community at its heart is such a privilege. With the economic impacts of Covid19 so prevalent, we were engaged to establish a working group of high profile representatives to identify opportunities to involve those most impacted by Covid19 in a major project.

Combining the passion and creativity of the working group with our expertise in strategic partnerships, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, we crafted a plan of key initiatives, with creative funding, for the greatest reach and impact.

A project-wide stakeholder engagement strategy was also developed, setting a framework for collaborative relationships, client satisfaction and social procurement, further maximising client and social benefits.

Global Contruction Company

To propose, develop and complete Deakin University’s sustainability strategy and first-time sustainability report was an exciting project.

Capturing the relevant social, economic and financial sustainability activities at the University, using the world’s best practice framework (GRI) and producing a 36-page report, eight-page summary document, 15 case studies and nine video snapshots was a six-month project involving amazing people from every part of Deakin’s four Victorian campuses.

The work put Deakin in a global leadership position as the first university in the world to produce a GRI G4 guidelines report with a ‘materiality matters check’. Worldly indeed. Added to which it was the only university in Australia to produce a GRI G4 sustainability report.

And we did it all again in the following year, producing report two.

Deakin University

Working with leading mental health and wellness service provider, Pathways Ltd, was an enlightening experience.

Developing a marketing strategy and implementation plan, as well as a three year strategic plan, involved more than 30 interviews with stakeholders. We conducted workshops with staff, the board of directors, team supervisors and people who use Pathways services.

Coinciding with a major rebrand, we worked with this amazing team to show their colours at a spectacular launch.

Pathways - be spectacular

Working closely with the team at Australia Post, our aim was to deliver an annual report that took integrated reporting to a new level.  We developed a strategic report that included all the transformative work taking place at this nation postal service. 

KPMG noted it as a benchmark report.

A complex business that is passionate about people and solutions, Australia Post is a fun place to work with highly talented and committed teams.

An honour to be a part of the strategic reporting journey as well as Steph having a stint as editor of the staff magazine in July – November. 

Australia Post

Writing Alfred Health’s Annual Report was a fascinating insight into a complex and compassionate world.

The breadth and depth of interesting work, inspiring initiatives, research applications and empathetic management of people was inspiring and humbling.

Following completion of the Annual Report, we also drafted the Quality of Care Report, comprising stories from patients about their experiences.

Alfred Health

Delighted to be part of a talented group of writers, journalists and editors in a daily news environment. Saturday columnist in 2013 and fortnightly throughout during 2016-2020. A lot happens in Geelong and the surrounding region.  

My brief: to provide an opinion and stimulate positive conversation. Love that.

In this area, we are never short of good news and opportunities and there is also plenty of scope to observe all kinds of human behaviour.

The Geelong region in a neat microcosm of Australia – with rural, regional and urban areas, a huge variety of lifestyles and the beautiful bay, stately river and sublime coast. Best place to live by far. It’s a great privilege to be involved with the daily newspaper.

Geelong Advertiser

Taking the Information Security message to all staff in Australia and New Zealand was serious fun.

It all started in the deep end of IT – managing the communication for the AFIG integration program while simultaneously writing and developing the Information Security Handbook and mandatory online training modules.

That led to mapping risk control baselines for the IS team, then setting the three-year education and awareness program.

That’s where superheroes and hobby horses came into play. Super people.

Joining the team when corporatisation of Victorian utilities was at its peak and the 10-year drought was in its early years meant interesting times ahead.  Managing corporate affairs and all external communications included enterprise-wide copywriting and developing all marketing collateral.   

It also involved writing and managing three regulatory reports – annual report, environmental performance report and water quality report. Over the period of eight years this morphed into a leading edge sustainability report under the guidance of a great MD with a social and environmental responsibility agenda.  We love working with engineers!

 As the CEO speechwriter and company copywriter, we created hundreds of newsletter articles, speeches, CEO columns, Annual Reports, survey commentaries and course descriptions later… For more than five years, the monthly newsletter didn’t let up but the organisation grew in scope, stature and professionalism under CEO, Susan Heron. A fantastic client and knowledge rich journey. 

One of a number of consultancy tasks, reorganising the “Community Health and Wellbeing Profile 2009” document to make it reader-friendly and more usable was an enlightening experience.

It has stood the test of time and is still used as a key reference.

A wealth of information and interesting stats, it provides important insights into the region’s health priorities.

 Delivering corporate communications including Chair and CEO speeches, Annual Report and Sustainability Report took place alongside a dynamic team, during a period of strong growth.

​Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with the head office in Melbourne, 2014 was a particularly exciting time to be involved in annual reporting as the $7 billion joint venture acquisition of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru was underway.

MMG Limited

 As consultants to the corporate affairs team, we wrote the Annual Report for several years and provided writing, editing and proofreading services across the business.  Glen Eira City Council is a highly organised team with terrific discipline, high standards and best practice output.

This council sets the benchmark for processes and professionalism and we are proud to be associated with GECC, it is efficient, energetic and accountable.

Glen Eira City Council

Developing a unique approach to sustainability reporting with South32 was an intense experience. Learning the details of the many efforts this exciting company makes to improve safety and sustainability was inspiring.

So many people are involved in a project like this, it is a huge team effort.

The final result was a detailed overview into six areas of interest to all stakeholders, above and beyond what is contained in other reports: Safety, Local Communities, Health, Intelligent Land Management, Dam Management and Climate Change.


Surf life saving clubs around the world face challenges with integrating volunteer services, community engagement and delivering the critical service of keeping beaches safe for all users. Our team spent twelve months investigating, analysing and engaging with Anglesea’s myriad stakeholders to develop a five year strategic plan, issues paper and immediately implementable business plan. An immensely satisfying project..

Anglesea SLSC


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