Michael Dunbavan
Interview with
Michael Dunbavan
Senior Principal

Michael Dunbavan is a Senior Principal in Environments and celebrates 15 years service at Coffey.

Michael shares one of the many highlights in his distinguished career....

For a number of years now I have been involved in the establishment and maintenance of the professional certification scheme for site contamination practitioners. Historically, site contamination statues across Australia recognised a site auditor as the accredited independent expert without any clear recognition of competency of experienced consultants.

I was privileged to be in the initial consultation phase when Site Contamination Practitioners Australia (SCPA), supported by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) commenced the process of establishing a nationally recognised professional scheme in 2013. This multi-disciplinary area of practice requires a very good balance of theory and practice.

I always have the opportunity to learn that little more, (or a lot) and I find helping others extend their interests invigorating, probably because it typically puts me a little outside my comfort zone. 

In essence, the Certification of Site Contamination Practitioners Scheme was to recognise an appropriate level of confidence in a site contamination practitioner which would meet the expectations of clients and regulators for a reliable standard of specialised professional service.  After much consultation with industry ‘end-users’, regulators and related consultants, the scheme was launched in November 2014.

Since then, a similar scheme was launched by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.  Achieving a sustainable program brought about the merger of two schemes into the current Site Contamination Specialist area for Certified Environmental Practitioners (CEnvP – SC). 

I feel honoured to have been accepted as a member of the Special Environment Advisory Committee for the continued development and improvement of this scheme for site contamination practitioners.

The technical aspect of geo-environmental topics has always given me a buzz while the multi-disciplinary side of the site contamination practice enables me to be in touch with a wide range of exciting people.

I always have the opportunity to learn that little more, (or a lot) and I find helping others extend their interests invigorating, probably because it typically puts me a little outside my comfort zone.  

Most importantly, the team is key – all for one and one for all!