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Chair (and member), Productivity Commission

Job no: 864
Work type: Full-time
Location: ACT, VIC, Canberra, Melbourne
Categories: Statutory Appointment

The Productivity Commission (the Commission) is the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on major economic, social and environmental policy issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

The Productivity Commission Act 1998 (the Act) establishes the Commission. Section 6 of the Act sets out the functions of the Commission, which include: holding inquiries and reporting to the Minister, providing secretariat and research services to government bodies, undertaking research and promoting public understanding in relation to industry development and productivity, and investigating competitive neutrality complaints.

The Government is seeking applications for the role of Chair of the Commission. The role of the Chair is to manage the Commission and ensure the efficient performance of the Commission’s functions. The Chair is heavily involved in holding inquiries and preparing reports (section 6(1)(a) of the Act), on matters referred to the Commission by the Minister. The Chair typically presides on more significant inquiries. Examples of the types of issues referred to the Commission, including the public processes for undertaking inquiries and reports, can be viewed on the Commission’s website. Further information about the Commission is available at

The Chair of the Commission is appointed on a full-time basis for an initial term of up to five years. This statutory appointment is made by the Governor-General on the nomination of the Treasurer. The Chair will be expected to be based in either the Commission’s Canberra or Melbourne office. The total remuneration package for the full-time Chair is currently set at $626,410 per year. The terms and conditions are subject to determinations made by the Remuneration Tribunal.

Further information is available at (Job ref #864)

If you wish to discuss, please contact Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6263 2200.

Applications are sought by 11:30pm AEST, 9 June 2023.

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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