Kirstan Long

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"My employment at Treasury has been diverse and provided intellectual stimulation, and opportunities to further my career."


I returned to Treasury in 2018 and have really, really enjoyed being back, and have held various positions within the Department since my return. These positions and experiences have been diverse, and provided intellectual stimulation and opportunities to further my career, leading to my appointment as Director of the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (OTTER) in December 2022.

The Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator regulates a range of industries with an aim to protect the long‑term interests of Tasmanians with respect to the price, quality and reliability of services. The Branch reports directly to the Tasmanian Economic Regulator, who is an independent regulator established under legislation.

I studied a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Tasmania and while my current role in the Department of Treasury and Finance aligns with my studies, I have taken an interesting route to get here. After spending a couple of years in Melbourne working for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, I moved to London and undertook various roles in compliance and internal audit. Several months of backpacking through the Middle East and Europe eventually led me back to Tasmania and my first position in Treasury in 2004. Following the birth of my second child, I left Treasury in 2010, took a leap of faith and purchased a retail business. Running a small business gave me a whole new appreciation for this very important segment of the economy and all who work in it. The range of skills required to successfully cover off all aspects of owning and running a business took me by surprise and I certainly learnt the importance of having a strong, diverse and supportive team.

When I'm not at work or providing a taxi service to my kids, I love going to the gym, sitting curled up quietly with a good book (this does not happen often enough!) and all things food related. I went sky diving for the first time in February 2023 and would love to be able to add that to the list of things I do in my down time, but I am pretty confident that it will be a one-time only occurrence!​

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