Masterclass: Re-thinking biofuels in Australia

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Event Details

13 June 2019 at 5:30 pm – 13 June 2019 at 7:45 pm
Monash University, Level 7, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Business Law and Taxation


Monash Business School is proud to collaborate with the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI) in delivering this Masterclass.

Inter-disciplinary and evidence-based research on biofuels combines the latest in engineering technology, benchmark European Union laws and Australian tax policy.

The presenters overview the results of their inter-disciplinary research that addresses a holistic range of biofuel issues. It covers scientific and technology breakthroughs from non-food feedstocks and barriers to scaled production of biofuels in Australia. Environmental aspects are key considerations.

Lessons are drawn from the European Union, where biofuels have been an important part of the fuel mix and sustainability concerns for nearly two decades. The current politics of energy in Australia suggest that the likelihood of transitioning to a targeted tax policy for biofuels and associated legislation is fraught with uncertainty with changes to the R&D concession and differences between national and state biofuel mandates.

In this Masterclass, Associate Professor Victoria Haritos, Dr Diane Kraal and Dr Rowena Cantley-Smith explore re-thinking biofuels in Australia.


  • 5:30pm - Registration and Refreshments
  • 6:30pm - Masterclass followed by Q&A
  • 7:45pm - Close

RSVP by: Friday, 7 June 2019

About the speakers

Associate Professor Victoria Haritos

At the CSIRO Victoria managed portfolio of biofuels research and development. Established and fostered client relationships, particularly in aviation and agricultural industries. Expert consultant to Australian Government-commissioned Advanced Biofuels Study.

Victoria secured funding for biofuels projects within Australia-Pacific Partnership Program (Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism). She established research projects on biofuels and CO2capture and formed research collaborations.

Dr Diane Kraal

Diane has held roles in the minerals resource sector as a management and financial accountant. She is an experienced CPA professional having worked with the ‘Big 4’. For eight years she was Manager (Taxation and Banking) at La Trobe University. Diane has worked in the financial services sector as the taxation manager with Australia's largest administrator of industry superannuation funds.

Diane’s research interests include the evaluation of taxation concessions, subsides and policy for natural resources and renewable resources. Diane was part of the Monash delegation to the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Poland because of her biofuel tax policy research interests.

In 2018 Diane received the Monash Business School Dean’s Commendation for Research Impact.

Dr Rowena Cantley-Smith

Rowena’s key expertise is in Australian energy law and international law (energy, environment and climate change). This includes policies, laws, and regulations concerning energy security of supply, renewable energy, demand-side management, environmental regulation of energy markets, and the protections afforded to energy consumers in energy market transitions.

Rowena’s current commitments include the Editorial Board of the Environmental Law Review, IUCN Environmental Law Academy, Australian Institute of Energy, Monash Law Faculty’s Feminist Legal Studies Group (Leader: Climate and Energy Section) and the Monash Grid Innovation Hub. Rowena was Head of the Monash delegation to the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Poland.

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