Robert Kerr was appointed as a Commissioner in 2004. Mr Kerr has more than 20 years senior executive experience with the Commonwealth Government, in the Treasury portfolio. He held various senior policy advisory positions, providing advice on foreign investment, overseas borrowing and structural reform issues, as well as serving in Tokyo.
Mr Kerr moved to the Industry Commission in 1990, where he was involved with the management of public inquiries across a wide range of public policy issues, and was involved with the inception of the Commonwealth Office of Regulation Review.
With the establishment of the Productivity Commission, Mr Kerr’s role as Head of Office involved managing the merger of the Industry Commission, the Economic Planning and Advisory Commission and the Bureau of Industry Economics.
He was responsible for managing the staff and resources of the new Productivity Commission and its expanded charter covering social policy and environmental issues, as well as economic infrastructure and industry policy.
At the Commission, Mr Kerr has presided on inquiries into the regulation of housing construction, food regulation, liveability and the sharing of government and community facilities. He has contributed to inquiries into regional development, transport congestion and the Labour and Industry Act 1958.