Craig has extensive experience in agricultural policy, strategy and delivery, principally during his employment with the Victorian Government. Craig Hough has an extensive track record providing high level policy advice to governments and boards and leading state significant strategies and projects in public and not for profit sector agencies covering the fields of agriculture, mining, disability, local government, community services, consumer affairs and criminal justice.
Over the past ten years Craig occupied various policy and program manager roles in the Victorian Government. For most of this period his work has been focused on driving growth and investment in Victorian agriculture. Under the previous Baillieu/Napthine Coalition Government Craig developed export plans and trade mission programs and led implementation of the $35.8m Food to Asia Action Plan. He also played a leadership role in delivering the government’s public sector reform agenda, which included a review of performance management, international engagement and industry assistance, and implementation of the Sustainable Government Initiative. Under the current Andrews Labor Government, Craig led submissions to the Productivity Commission’s Review of Agriculture Regulation and Australian Government’s Review of Industry Levies and development of its Agriculture Competitiveness Green/White Paper. More recently Craig led development of the Agriculture Victoria Strategy and the detail behind the Minister for Agriculture's $27 million digital agriculture program announcement. In addition to these flagship achievements Craig managed a number of core government policy processes such as Victoria’s representation at the Agriculture Ministers Forum, the highest decision making forum for Australian agriculture.
In August 2017 Craig graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University. This included receiving a Golden Key International Society Membership; an invitation only membership for students in the top 15% of academic achievement in all fields of study at the university.
Craig also has a Master of Social Science (Policy and Management) and Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) from RMIT University.