Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

Shipping Company Fined for Dumping Rubbish


In 2018, bulk carrier Irongate was travelling from Brisbane and Gladstone when its chief officer approved the dumping of its rubbish into the sea. The equivalent of a 120-litre household garbage bin full of food waste was released into the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef National Park, about 24 kilometres southeast of Lady Elliot Island.

Protecting Australia’s diverse and precious marine life is secure under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 (The Act). Under this law, food waste cannot be discharged within 12 nautical miles of the boundary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. So, when the chief officer approved the discharge inside of this boundary, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was required to step in and facilitate a prosecution.

On Friday 26 February 2021, the owner of the ship and the chief officer were fined and convicted in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to the tune of $6,600, which also represents a significant public shaming for the infraction.

This sends a strong message to international and local ships that enforcement of The Act is a priority for Australian regulators who are determined to see prosecutions through. The outcome is a testament to the men and women who work tirelessly to protect our environmental security. It’s difficult to ignore, however, that it took three years to reach this result.

We sympathise with environmental regulators who carry the responsibility of protecting the environment, reducing future damage and seeking justice from those who continue to break the law. Powerful, complete, error-free and watertight briefs of evidence are essential to successful outcomes in these cases, which are often extremely complex and challenging to build.

When the details of a case are indisputable and the framework of the brief is rigorous, judges have a clear pathway to rule in the regulator’s favour. The domino effect is profound as cases then move more quickly through the courts, making room for others to also pass through more quickly. The ultimate goal is to resolve matters with such weight and consistency that this then helps to prevent polluters from risking their profits and reputation at all.

At Comtrac, we have worked tirelessly to advance a technological solution that significantly supports regulators to carry out their incredibly important work. We invite you to learn all about our case management software solution that is purpose-built for regulatory agencies. End the problem of wasted time, money and resources on cases that may ultimately fail, or drag on for years at great expense. Get in touch with Comtrac today.


Captain Rubbish Dump $6k fine:

John Kilburn

Head of Commercial and Business Strategy

As Head of Commercial and Business Strategy at Comtrac, John is responsible for developing Comtrac’s Partnerships within Public Justice, Government, Regulators and Law Enforcement in Australia and Internationally. He leads a dynamic team that advise heads of investigation, agency leaders, and transformation officers on strategies to revolutionise their digital investigative culture through rationalisation and adoption of new technology.

Following a 27-year career in Law Enforcement specialising in criminal investigations, security intelligence and counter-terrorism, a career change saw a move to commercial relationships, focusing on Digital Intelligence with agencies throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Region.

With over 30 years of experience in security, public safety and intelligence industry, John is focused on long-term partnerships and guiding agencies that lead to agency growth and increased capability.

Anastasia Lihou

Head of Operations

Anastasia is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in operations and customer experience roles across diverse industries. Currently serving as the Head of Operations at Comtrac, Anastasia plays a pivotal role in supporting CEO Craig Doran by spearheading the implementation of strategic programs while overseeing the Professional Services and Customer Experience teams.

Since joining Comtrac in 2022, Anastasia has demonstrated her leadership and strategic planning expertise, contributing significantly to the company’s growth and success. Her extensive background in operations management has equipped her with the skills necessary to drive operational excellence and enhance customer satisfaction. Anastasia’s passion for leadership and talent development is evident through her active involvement in mentorship programs aimed at nurturing emerging professionals. Moreover, her expertise extends beyond the realm of operations, as she is also a trained graphic designer and art director. 

With a keen business acumen and a knack for innovative thinking, Anastasia continues to make strides in her career, leveraging her diverse skill set to achieve organizational objectives and foster a culture of excellence at Comtrac. She remains committed to driving sustainable growth and delivering exceptional value to both internal stakeholders and external clients.

Jason Chase


Jason joined Comtrac with over two decades of experience designing, building and managing information systems for government and private sector organisations of all shapes and sizes.

He has experience in software design, development, delivery, support, technical leadership, pre-sales support, stakeholder engagement and vendor management. Jason is a technologist at heart, and has a continuing passion for technology to drive business outcomes.

Prior to joining Comtrac, Jason worked with and lead many teams delivering software solutions for Federal, State and Local Government. He has also delivered commercial products in the audio, financial, mining and aerospace industries.

Dave Tormey


As the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Comtrac, Dave leads the technology and data strategy for the organisation. Leveraging Dave’s experience as the former CTO at Comtrac for 9.5 years, he now oversees the organisation’s digital transformation, technology architecture, data management, cybersecurity, and compliance initiatives.

In addition to this and since assuming the role of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Comtrac in January 2021, Dave has overseen the implementation of an ISO 27001-compliant Information Security Management System (ISMS) and successfully led the organisation through an IRAP assessment. This achievement has enabled Comtrac to host Australian government workloads at the PROTECTED level, solidifying its reputation as a trusted partner for both public and private sector entities. Dave’s strategic leadership and dedication to cybersecurity excellence have significantly bolstered Comtrac’s defences in the face of evolving threats.

Dave is passionate about driving digital transformation, fostering a culture of innovation, and building high-performing technology teams. His expertise spans software development, data management, cybersecurity, and strategic leadership, supported by a strong technical background.

Craig Doran

Founder & CEO

Craig Doran has over 22 years of experience in complex investigations from the Qld Police Service within the Fraud & Corporate Crime Unit, State Drug Investigation Group, Property Crime Unit and the Crime and Corruption Commission. During that period Craig received an Assistant Commissioners Certificate for conviction of an international fraud syndicate and later a Commissioners Certificate for the first ever successful dismantling and removal of an outlaw motorcycle gang from Queensland.

From 2008 to 2011, Craig led a team at the Crime and Corruption Commission, designing a digital evidence and brief management system that was quickly accepted by the Director of Public Prosecution Office and resulted in a Corporate Award for the digital transformation of briefs of evidence.

In 2016, Craig became the Founder and CEO of Comtrac. Comtrac is a digital brief of evidence application designed to streamline the criminal justice process by automating the brief of evidence through a digital and brief management methodology known as Elementising Evidence™.