Peter Harris AO

Board Member @ Infrastructure Australia

Peter Harris is a public policy adviser with extensive experience in Australian economic policy, public service and transport-related business.

Most recently, Peter was Chairman of the Productivity Commission and instrumental in the research and recommendations in reports such as “Public Infrastructure” (2014), “Data Availability and Use” (2017) and ”Competition in the Australian Financial System” (2018).

In his earlier career, Peter served as Senior Private Secretary handling micro economic reform for then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke; adviser to the Hilmer Inquiry on National Competition Policy; in senior positions in the Commonwealth Department of Transport dedicated to rail, road and aviation reforms, including the privatisation of Australia’s largest airports; as Vice President in the Ansett/Air NZ group; and as Director General of Public Transport in Victoria.

On behalf of the Commonwealth Government, he also led the public policy aspects of negotiations with Telstra over the establishment of the National Broadband Network (NBN) as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Peter graduated from the University of Queensland in 1975.