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Ken Matthews AO has had a long and accomplished career in the Australian Public Service, and now provides independent advice and review across water, agriculture and government issues.

Ken was the foundation Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the National Water Commission from March 2005 to October 2010. In these roles, he was responsible for working with the State and Territory governments of Australia to implement the National Water Initiative.

From 1999 to 2004, Ken was the Secretary (CEO) of the Federal Department of Transport and Regional Services. Previous to that, he was the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 1998 to 1999. In 1997, Ken headed the Australian Government’s Wik Task Force in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, providing advice to the Prime Minister on Native Title issues.

Ken’s academic background is in economics and he was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to public administration. In 2005 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to regional communities, the national transport system and for his contribution to public administration in Australia.

Qualifications and Honours

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Recipient, Centenary Medal
Bachelor of Economics
University of Sydney
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management
Australian Institute of Company Directors