Speaker Profile

Melissa Harris

Chief Executive, Land Use Victoria (LUV)


Melissa Harris is currently acting Chief Executive, Land Use Victoria (LUV) which is the agency within the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) responsible for all aspects of land administration including property titles, valuations, subdivisions, land monitoring, surveying, spatial services, government land advice and the $45 million Digital Cadastre Modernisation project. She is also Registrar of Titles in Victoria. LUV comprises two divisions, Strategic Land Assessment and Information and Land Registry Services and includes over 500 staff members and management of the $2.7 billion concession deed for the operation of the Victorian Land Registry.

Melissa is also the Deputy Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC), the peak intergovernmental organisation providing leadership on all aspects of spatial information in Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of Geoscience Australia’s Positioning Program Board.

Melissa began her career as a town planner and has dedicated her career to public service, working across state and local government for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Major Projects Leadership Academy through Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Melissa was recognised as one of the Top 50 Women in the Victorian Public Sector for 2019.


Title: Powering Australia’s future through land and spatial innovation

Summary: Geospatial innovation and collaboration is reaching a whole new level of strategic importance globally. There has never been greater investment in location-based intelligence and the emerging technologies that drive them, to solve some of our world’s most complex challenges. To put it simply, spatial is where it’s at.

The next decade will see dramatic shifts in automation, data sharing, spatial computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, space technology and real time insights - Australia is in peak position to harness this global digital revolution and become a major world player in this space. Our success relies on a collaborative ecosystem that spans government at every level, industry, education and community.

In this session, ANZLIC’s Deputy Chair Melissa Harris will talk about how jurisdictions across the country are working together to create the right operating environment, ecosystem and standards that can enable spatial data and innovation to turbocharge data-driven decision making at every level. She will also explore some of the amazing examples of how States are enabling spatial data and technologies to drive transformational value for the communities they serve.

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