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 appointed for a period of three years from 18 December 2015.

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.  Mr Jose has advised many clients in regulated sectors including in electricity distribution, gas pipelines, airports, ports and rail transport.

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 appointed to the Council for a period of three years from 18 December 2015.

Mr Wallace was previously the Secretary of the Tasmania Department of Treasury and Finance. He has more than 30 years of direct experience in public administration and business and financial management in addition to his experience with the energy and telecommunications sectors and regulatory policy. He is an experienced board member and has been a director of Aurora Energy Pty Ltd, Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation and Tastel Limited.

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