Chris Guest was appointed as an Associate Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in May 2023 to work on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Implementation Review 2023.
Chris is an economist with over 25 years of experience in water reform.
He represented New South Wales in the negotiation of the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and the National Water Initiative.
With the Australian Government, he was part of the team that developed and negotiated the Water Act, the referral by the states to the Commonwealth of certain powers in relation to Basin water management, the Basin Plan and the Basin Plan Implementation Agreement.
More recently, Chris co-authored the Murray-Darling Basin Water Compliance Review, which investigated and recommended measures to address water theft, and has undertaken projects in relation to water market reforms and jurisdictional compliance arrangements.
Chris has written a book on the history of Basin politics, titled Sharing the water: one hundred years of River Murray politics. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons I), Master of Arts (Economics), Master of Applied Finance and Doctor of Philosophy.