The commission currently has a part-time chairperson and two part-time members:


Mr Greg Smith

Greg was appointed as Chairperson of the commission in July 2013. Prior to this appointment he had been a member of the Commission since August 2006.

He is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy and a former Executive Director in the Australian Treasury.


Prof Jeffrey Petchey

Professor Petchey was appointed to the Commission in 2011 and was reappointed from September 2016 for a further term of five years. He is an academic and policy economist in the Department of Economics at Curtin Business School and specializes in research on horizontal fiscal equalisation, fiscal federalism, inter-governmental relations, tax competition, environmental economics and public goods.

Professor Petchey publishes in international and domestic academic journals and has contributed to government reports and enquiries. He maintains an active research program, supervises PhD students in his areas of research interest and teaches public economics and advanced microeconomics to post graduate students.

Professor Petchey also has significant experience in industry engagement. He has coordinated AusAid and World Bank projects to develop an infrastructure equalisation model for South Africa and recently undertaken advisory work for the OECD on Australia’s fiscal constitution.

From 2007 to 2012 Professor Petchey was the Head of the School of Economics and Finance at the Curtin Business School.

Dr Lynne Williams

Lynne Williams was appointed to the Commission in September 2016. She is currently chair of the Victorian Government Procurement Board, and a Commissioner (Deputy Chair) on the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, and on the Victorian Building Authority. She is also a member of the Victorian Legal Services Board, and chairs their Audit and Risk Sub-Committee.

Lynne also sits on Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Economics. She a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and of St Hilda’s College (University of Melbourne), and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lynne previously held senior executive positions in both the Victorian and Federal public services, including the Victorian Treasury and Finance, Premier and Cabinet and Industry departments, and the Federal Productivity Commission and Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research.

Commission inquiries may be carried out by divisions of the commission. Under the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973, the chairperson may determine which commissioners will form the divisions of the commission. A division must consist of the chairperson and no fewer than two other commissioners.