Our councillors

There are currently three councillors of the National Competition Council, with a variety of backgrounds and a wide range of skills and experience. The councillors are appointed by the Governor-General under section 29C of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, with the agreement of a majority of the states and territories party to the Competition Principles Agreement.

Julie-Anne Schafer - President

Ms Julie-Anne Schafer is the President of the National Competition Council. Ms Schafer was initially appointed for a period of three years from 18 December 2015. In December 2018, Ms Schafer was re-appointed as President for a three year term to December 2021.

Ms Schafer has 25 years of experience as a partner in the legal services sector. She has served on advisory committees for the law faculties of several universities in Queensland. She was also the Deputy Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology. She has over 15 years of directorship experience in diverse and highly regulated sectors, including road and rail transport.

Ms Schafer has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Jose 

Mr Chris Jose was appointed for a period of three years from 18 December 2017.

Mr Jose brings more than 30 years of experience in competition law in government and in private legal practice. After a number of years as a barrister specialising in competition and market regulation, for 15 years from 2002 Mr Jose was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in competition and market regulation advising his corporate and government clients on a broad range of matters in competition and consumer law and infrastructure regulation.  He has advised many clients in regulated sectors including in electricity distribution, gas pipelines, airports, ports and rail transport. In May 2018 he was appointed as a full time member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Mr Jose holds a Diploma of Law (University of Sydney) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne.

Martin Wallace

Mr Martin Wallace was initially appointed to the Council for a period of three years from 18 December 2015. In December 2018, he was re-appointed to the Council for a period of two years to December 2020. 

Mr Wallace was previously the Secretary of the Tasmania Department of Treasury and Finance. He has extensive experience in public administration, regulatory policy and business and financial management as well as senior executive experience in the energy and telecommunications sectors. He is an experienced board member, including past roles with Aurora Energy Pty Ltd, the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation, Tastel Limited and the Governing Council of the Tasmanian Health Service.

Mr Wallace has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree.