Dr Jane Doolan

Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Dr Jane Doolan was appointed a part time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission in December 2016.

Jane has extensive senior leadership experience working in sustainable water resource and environmental management, providing policy advice to both State and Commonwealth governments on issues such as water allocation, river health and catchment management and water sector governance.

Jane has also worked in State government on environmental programs and policies, participating in intergovernmental policy development and negotiations; plus the oversight of environmental water projects. Jane has strong relationships with the academic sector, with a particular focus on integrating state-of-the-art environmental science with water policy and management.

Previously held positions include Commissioner with the National Water Commission, Professorial Fellow in Natural Resource Governance at the University of Canberra and Deputy Secretary for Water in the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Jane is currently a Director on the Board of the Western Water Authority, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

Jane has a doctorate in zoology, and a degree in science (honours) from the University of Melbourne.

At the Productivity Commission, Jane has previously worked on the initial inquiry on National Water Reform (2018) and Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Five-year assessment inquiry.

Jane is currently working on the second inquiry into National Water Reform (2020).


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Water Reform – The National Perspective