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Commissioners and staff

The Commission operates under the powers, protection and guidance of its own legislation. Its independence is formally exercised under the Productivity Commission Act 1998 through the Chair and Commissioners.

Commissioners

At 30 June 2021, there were ten members of the Commission, plus the Chair. Four Commissioners held part‑time appointments.

Following the end of the term of her initial five-year appointment, Ms Julie Abramson was re‑appointed as a part-time Commissioner from 10 December 2020 to 9 December 2025.

Angela MacRae, who commenced as a Commissioner in 2007, completed her term in December 2020. Ken Baxter also completed his term in December 2020 after five years as a Commissioner.

Biographical information on all Commissioners is available on the Commission’s website and their terms of appointment are listed in table 3.

Chair and Commissioners, 30 June 2021

Location

Period of appointment

From

To

Mr M Brennan (Chair)

Canberra

11 Sep 2018

10 Sep 2023

Ms J Abramson (p/t)

Melbourne

10 Dec 2015

9 Dec 2025

Mr J Coppel

Melbourne

28 Jul 2011

27 Jul 2021

Dr C de Fontenay

Melbourne

1 Jul 2019

30 Jun 2024

Dr J Doolan (p/t)

Melbourne

8 Dec 2016

7 Dec 2021

Ms L Gropp (p/t)

Melbourne

1 May 2019

30 Apr 2024

Dr S King

Melbourne

1 Jul 2016

30 Jun 2021

Mr P Lindwall

Canberra

1 Jan 2015

30 Apr 2024

Mr R Mokak

Canberra

25 Mar 2019

24 Mar 2024

Dr M Roberts

Canberra

1 May 2019

30 Apr 2024

Mr R Spencer (p/t)

Canberra

27 Oct 2016

26 Oct 2021

(p/t) denotes part time

Associate Commissioner

The Commission had one part time Associate Commissioner at 30 June 2020 Associate Commissioner, 30 June 2021. Mr Drew Collins was appointed on 15 January 2020 to assist with the Commission’s second inquiry into National Water Reform. Mr Collins' term was extended from 15 January 2021 to 30 June 2021, in line with the extension of the timeframe for completion of the National Water Reform inquiry.

Associate Commissioner, 30 June 2021

Period of appointment

Location

Inquiry

From

To

Mr D Collins

Canberra

National Water Reform

15 January 2020

30 June 2021

Staff

The average staffing level during 2020-21 was 169, compared with 174 in 2019-20. The Commission recruited 18 staff during the year, including five through its graduate recruitment program. Staff turnover was approximately 10 per cent.

Statistical information on staffing is provided in the Appendix.