Peter Harris (AO)
Chairman, Productivity Commission, Australian Government
Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. Mr Harris previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport.
Mr Harris has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He has also worked in Canada on exchange with the Privy Council Office (1993-1994). His career with the government started in 1976 with the Department of Overseas Trade and included periods with the Treasury; Finance; the Prime Minister's Department and Transport; he worked for two years in the Prime Minister's Office on secondment from the Prime Minister's Department as a member of then Prime Minister Bob Hawke's personal staff.
In 2013, Mr Harris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.
He has a degree in Economics from the University of Queensland (1975).