Peter Achterstraat AM Appointed As New South Wales Productivity Commissioner

Peter Achterstraat AM Appointed As New South Wales Productivity Commissioner

New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet

New South Wales Productivity Commissioner Appointed To Drive Economic Reform

Victor P Taffa

With a mandate to bust red tape and make New South Wales the easiest place to do business, Peter Achterstraat AM has been appointed as the State’s inaugural Productivity Commissioner.

Mr. Achterstraat, who has had a distinguished public service career at both the federal and state levels, will be responsible for driving microeconomic reform and targeting regulatory roadblocks.


“This appointment is fantastic news for New South Wales and will help drive our agenda of making it quicker and easier for citizens to deal with government.” New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

“I am very glad Peter is taking on this role and he will bring enormous experience and energy to the Commission.”

“New South Wales is already powering the national economy but ongoing productivity reforms are absolutely critical to securing the State’s long-term economic success.”

Mr. Achterstraat and the Commission will initially focus on four core themes:

  • Making it easier to do business;
  • Lowering the cost of living;
  • Making housing more affordable;
  • Making NSW the easiest state to move to.

Mr. Achterstraat will be responsible for helping to shape the New South Wales Government’s productivity agenda and overseeing its regulatory framework. This will include implementation of the Government’s response to the review of regulation undertaken by former New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner.

“Treasurer has set down a challenging agenda for the Commission to tackle and I look forward to getting started.” Mr. Achterstraat said

“I especially want to hear from the community and business on what barriers and problems they want fixed.”

Mr. Achterstraat was the New South Wales Auditor-General from 2006-13 and served in other roles including as the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue and Deputy Commissioner of Taxation at the Australian Tax Office.

He is the president of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (NSW Division) and the Chair of the Sydney Financial Forum. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government and held the positions of infrastructure adviser for Advisian and the Administrator of the National Health Funding Pool.

“Mr. Achterstraat is a great addition to Treasury. His intellect and drive will be pivotal in our search for fresh ways of boosting productivity across NSW.” Treasury Secretary Michael Pratt AM said.

“We look forward to working to ensure New South Wales remains the number one performing State in Australia.”

New South Wales Business Chamber has estimated businesses spend more than $10 Billion a year complying with regulations across Government.


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