Peter Achterstraat AM FAICDLife

NSW Productivity Commissioner

Peter Achterstraat AM, is the inaugural NSW Productivity Commissioner having been appointed in May 2018.

Peter is currently:

  • Chair, Australian Taxation Office Audit & Risk Committee
  • Chair, ASIC Audit and Risk Committee
  • Chair, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Audit & Risk Committee

Peter was appointed the Auditor-General of NSW on 25 September 2006, and ended his term of office on 24 September 2013. Prior to this, he was the Chief Commissioner State Revenue for New South Wales from July 1999. 

He holds an honours degree in Economics as well as degrees in Law and Commerce from the ANU. Peter was admitted to the Bar of the NSW Supreme Court in 1983. He has University Prizes in Company Finance and in Accounting. In 2006 Peter was admitted into the ANU College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame. 

Peter served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government (2013 -2017) and was a Principal (Infrastructure Advisor) at WorleyParsons from 2013-2016.  He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for his Financial Management and Governance roles. 

Peter was appointed by all State and Territories and the Commonwealth as the Administrator of the National health Funding Pool from 2016 – 2018.

He was the President of the NSW Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 2015 -2020.

He was the Chairman of the Sydney Financial Forum from 2017 -2022.

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