Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The AusNCP is currently monitoring the progress of COVID-19 and how this impacts our daily business. Due to the current circumstances it is likely our timeframes will be delayed and we remain in contact with stakeholders regarding any procedural delays. Businesses are encouraged to utilise our new OECD Guidelines summary checklist as a tool to support high quality decisions during this period of social and economic change.

Appointment of the inaugural AusNCP Independent Examiner

Mr John SouthalanThe Australian Treasury is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Southalan to handle complaint work of the Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP), in the new position of Independent Examiner announced in the 2018 AusNCP reforms.

Based in Western Australia, John is an experienced practitioner in the fields of responsible business conduct and dispute resolution. His extensive international and domestic experience will enhance the AusNCP’s capability to handle complex and sensitive issues arising under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. John will commence his duties as the inaugural Independent Examiner on 27 August 2019.

The quality field of applicants for this position highlights the interest in, and support for, reforms to the AusNCP structure. Together, the new AusNCP Governance and Advisory Board and Independent Examiner will play an integral role in ensuring the AusNCP provides a transparent, independent and accessible NCP service. For more information about the AusNCP, visit For more information about the OECD, visit

July 2019