Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. He has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and of the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport.
Peter 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 the Department of Transport. Peter 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, Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Australia 'for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport.'
Peter has a degree in Economics from the University of Queensland (1975).