Paul Lindwall is a full-time Commissioner, reappointed for a second five-year term in April 2019. Paul was an Associate Commissioner for the Public Infrastructure Inquiry from 2013.
Paul has served as a senior official with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Finance and the Productivity Commission with a focus on macroeconomic policy, financial markets, industry policy, national security and social policy. Paul worked as senior economic adviser to the then Treasurer, Hon. Peter Costello MP and then Leader of the Opposition Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.
He has represented Australia at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also covering the European Union and United Kingdom. Paul also later worked as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary-General and the Public Governance Directorate of the OECD.
Paul has bachelor and master degrees in economics from the Australian National University (ANU) as well as a diploma in Ancient History and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He shared the Helen Hughes Prize for the best overall result in his Master of Economics of Development with his wife, Joanne Frederiksen, who was recently appointed Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan.
Paul is a member of the board of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Private Pilot Licence with an instrument rating.
At the Productivity Commission, Paul worked on:
- Caring for Older Australians inquiry
- Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector study
- Public Infrastructure inquiry
- Barriers to Efficient Gas Markets research report
- International Education Services paper
- Migrant Intake into Australia inquiry
- Regulation of Agriculture inquiry
- Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation inquiry
- Transitioning Regional Economies study
- Regulation of Airports inquiry
- Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments study
- National Transport Regulatory Reform inquiry
Paul also chaired the Productivity Commission’s Audit and Risk Committee from April 2016 to June 2021.