Until 2018, Mr Gardner was Senior Legal Advisor to the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions, with 36 years’ experience in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) as a prosecution solicitor. Mr Gardner held a range of policy-related positions with the OPP including Manager of Policy and Advice for 21 years, for 14 years of which he was also Manager of Appeals. Mr Gardner has served on numerous committees and working groups addressing criminal law reform issues. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission in April 2012 and in June of the same year was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to criminal law reform. Bruce Gardner PSM was appointed acting Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission in March 2019.