Danielle Wood, chief executive of the Grattan Institute think tank, has been appointed to lead the Productivity Commission after the federal government’s first pick, Chris Barrett turned down the appointment.
Wood was the only other name recommended to the government, according to Treasurer Jim Chalmers and she will become the first woman to chair the government economics think tank in more than a century.
The Productivity Commission’s remit is to “renew, refocus, and renovate” the government’s economic institutions. Previously, this would focus on investing in three areas: human capital, the energy transition, and adapting and adopting new technologies.
Wood said on LinkedIn that she was “very excited” to be the Productivity Commission’s new chair.
“The PC’s mission has always been one close to my heart – giving independent, transparent advice on challenging policy issues from a whole of community perspective. I look forward to building on its history of high-quality and rigorous work.
“The PC is where I started my career as a graduate so also slightly surreal to be returning two decades later!
“The hardest part will be leaving all my amazing friends and colleagues at Grattan Institute – a place that has taught me that a small groups of smart, curious and purpose-driven people can achieve huge amounts.”
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