Butlin to hang up his boots
South Australia’s inaugural Productivity Commission CE and Chair Matthew Butlin will step away from the two part-time roles in July.
He said the two-year post had been extended twice to allow for the handover process to his successor, who is yet to be publicly named.
The former Victorian Red Tape Commissioner took up the positions after performing similar work with the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission as Chair between 2008 and 2015.
Throughout his term at SAPC, Butlin has remained as a part-time Senior Associate of ACIL Allen Consulting, a national economic and public policy firm. He said he would continue in this role.
The 68-year-old told InDaily while he felt it was time to “hang up his boots” the importance of the state’s productivity commission remained a vital tool in providing recommendations and informing the State Government on economic and growth opportunities.
“Over the last two years … I think we have demonstrated the value of the productivity commission,” Butlin said.
“There is a real team there and I’m very proud of them and what they’ve achieved and, looking forward, it still has a lot more to achieve.
“Last year was a really busy time and I was very pleased with what the commission was able to do and deliver and I think we are getting to a point of a full-time role, whether that’s as a chair or chief executive.”
The Victorian – who has spent the past two years travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne – said he hoped to be able to use his upcoming free time to travel with his wife.
The honorary Melbourne University Enterprise Professor said he also planned to spend more time writing for the educational institution’s economic and social research institute.