Romlie Mokak was appointed a full-time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in December 2018.
Romlie is a Djugun man and a member of the Yawuru people.
Prior to joining the Commission, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research from 2014.
Before joining the Lowitja Institute, Romlie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association for almost a decade. Earlier roles included Director, Substance Use, and Manager of the National Eye Health Program, for the Australian Government’s Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He was the first Aboriginal policy officer in the New South Wales government Ageing and Disability Department.
Romlie has chaired and has been a member for a range of policy, research and evaluation bodies at the national and state government levels. He is a past chair for the National Health Leadership Forum, the collective of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing organisations.
He also convened the first Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference, and delivered the 2016 Cranlana Program Medicine and Society Oration. Romlie is currently a member of the Board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Romlie holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education.
Romlie is currently working on studies into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts and Crafts, Housing and Homelessness Agreement Review and Closing the Gap Review.
Romlie previously worked on the Indigenous Evaluation Strategy project.