Ep#28: Corporate Affairs and Content. A Regulatory Perspective, with Matthew Abbott

Matthew is head of media, government relations, internal communications, publications and the internet at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Before joining ASIC in 2010, Matthew was a director of a public affairs consultancy, held a senior corporate affairs role with global shopping centre company, the Westfield Group, had been an adviser to Joe Hockey in the Howard Government and worked for several NSW Liberal leaders. He has also worked as a financial journalist in the United Kingdom and started his career as a staff reporter with the Australian Financial Review.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) and a Master of Public Affairs (Sydney University). He also lectures on media and political campaigning in a masters program at Sydney University.

Discussed in today’s episode:

  • Influencing behaviour from a corporate affairs position
  • How self-sufficient regulators are regarding media and communications output
  • Measuring communications progress towards a strategic objective
  • How the regulatory communications environment is changing
  • The shared challenges amongst regulatory communicators
  • Managing the media spotlight on the Royal Banking Commission
  • The right stories to tell
  • Advice for government communicators