Profile of consultant conducting the review

Mr Bernard Wonder retired from the Australian Public Service (Productivity Commission) in 2010. He consults part-time on various assignments focused on public policy, particularly in the areas of natural resource management, business regulation and organisational reform.

Since 2010, Bernard has completed:

  • review of economic studies undertaken for Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • anti-dumping administrative arrangements for Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Attorney General's Department
  • Associate Commissioner for Productivity Commission reference on benchmarking of local government regulation impact on business
  • issues impacting communities in the Murray Darling Basin for the former Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government
  • Scoping Study on a Landcare Based Approach to Food Security in East Africa for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Australian International Food Security Centre.

Mr Wonder’s most recent major project was completed in 2015. He was a member of the Panel commissioned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to undertake Wool Selling Systems Review. He also maintains interest in government administration (particularly program design and governance). His recent roles include, member of external advisory panel for Department of Environment Strategic Review (2014) and Probity Certifier for Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (2013).

He is currently an independent member of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Audit Committee.

Previous experience

Bernard has extensive experience in areas of agriculture, productivity, and economics. In addition to the consultancy work noted above, he was employed in the following roles.

  • 2005-2010: Head of Office at Productivity Commission. Responsible for overall management of Commission's work program, resourcing, resource allocation and governance.
  • 1998-2005 Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry with overall management for natural resource management, agricultural trade and biosecurity.
  • Previous experience as Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Division Head of Rural Policy and Land Resources Divisions in Department of Primary Industries and Energy.

Bernard holds the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Advanced Management Program (Harvard)
  • Master of Research (Australian National University).