Ken Baxter was appointed a part time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission on 30 April 2015.
Ken has had 30 years direct involvement in the Commonwealth, Victorian and NSW governments. He is the first person since federation to have served as the Secretary of the Premier's Department in both NSW and Victoria. He has been a senior policy adviser to the Prime Minister's Department in Papua New Guinea.
In addition, he has had extensive experience in the reconstruction, funding, sale, re-organisation and operation of government owned organisations as well as devising and implementing fundamental microeconomic reforms in the energy, transport, infrastructure and agriculture sectors in Australia, Papua New Guinea, South-east Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
Ken recently was a commissioner for the Regulation of Agriculture inquiry.
He is currently working on the Transitioning Regional Economies study.