The Hon. Tom Roper currently lives in Melbourne after eleven years overseas - Ottawa, London, New York - and has been involved in environmental policy at all levels - local to international.
Since his retirement, after 21 years in the Victorian Parliament (Australia), he has been an active Board Member of the Washington DC based Climate Institute, Global Urban Development and Greenfleet (Australia), an advisor to government, business and NGO's on sustainability issues, an Honorary Life Member of the Metropolis Association and a Life Fellow of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). He provides briefings on climate change developments and green building issues to governments at all levels and is a frequent conference presenter and participant on the impacts of climate change.
He is the Project Director of the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative which provides assistance to Small Island States seeking to introduce renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, a contributor to the Pacific Power Association and an Observer in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) SE Asia and Pacific Advisory Committee.
During his ten years as a senior Government Minister his portfolios included Treasury, Planning and Environment, Health, Transport, Aboriginal Affairs, and Employment and Higher Education. He was the Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Assembly.
He was a Commissioner of the Australian Social Welfare Commission 1973-6, a Member of the Australian Advisory Council on the Environment and Employment Opportunities 1994-6 and a Board Member of Australian Hearing Services 1996-2001.
He was appointed to the Board of Renewables SA by the Premier, Mike Rann, Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (2008-2015), Chair of the NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) Stakeholders Advisory Committee (2010-2015) and of the Commonwealth Government Tax Breaks for Green Buildings Roundtable, Panel member of the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure.