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Louise Sylvan, Commissioner, Productivity Commission, 17 June 2011


Louise Sylvan addressed a private boardroom event for 20 senior business executives where she discussed “Productivity Commission Study into Planning and Zoning Systems in Australia”. This CEO Boardroom lunch was proudly sponsored by Ashe Morgan Winthrop.

The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.  Its role is to help governments make better policies in the long term interest of the Australian community.

An examination of the planning regulatory frameworks of each state and territory, including - the processes for supply of land for housing and other uses, the basis for assessing developer contributions and competition issues arising from planning decision-making - have resulted in leading practices suggesting much can be done to improve the planning and zoning processes in all jurisdictions.

Louise Sylvan a Commissioner of the Australian Productivity Commission was formerly Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).  

At the Productivity Commission, Louise has served on the Books and Gambling Inquiries, conducted the 2010 Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business and the Performance Benchmarking of the State and Territory Planning and Zoning systems, and is currently conducting the Retail Inquiry.

Prior to her public service, Louise headed CHOICE (the Australian Consumers’ Association), concurrently serving as an executive member of Consumers International, the peak global body of the consumer movement, including election as President.  

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