Professor Allan Fels AO

Director, China Advanced Leadership Program ANZSOG
Email: afels | at |

Areas of expertise

  • Competition law
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Price regulation
  • Market economics
  • Executive remuneration
  • Mental Health


Professor Allan Fels, AO was Dean of ANZSOG from July 2003 until January 2013. Prior to this, he was Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) from 1995 until 2003. Professor Fels was also Chairman of the former Trade Practices Commission (TPC) from 1991 until 1995 and Chairman of the Prices Surveillance Authority from 1989 until 1992.

He was Prices Commissioner, Victoria from 1982 until 1991 and has served on numerous other government bodies. In March 2011, he was appointed by the Victorian Government to head an inquiry into reform of the state’s taxi industry.

Professor Fels was Senior Lecturer in Economics at Monash University from 1972 until 1984. He was appointed as Professor of Administration at Monash University in 1984 and was the Director of the Graduate School of Management, Monash University from 1985 until 1990. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University since 1995 and became a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne in 2003.

Professor Fels has degrees in economics and law from the University of Western Australia (UWA), and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. After leaving Duke, he was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge, where his Duke PhD thesis was published as The British Prices and Incomes Board by Cambridge University Press. He received an Honorary doctorate in Economics at UWA in 2006.

Professor Fels was the Co-Chairman of the Joint Group on Trade and Competition at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) from 1996 until 2003. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (ASSA).

Professor Fels is or has been a member of numerous advisory boards to the Australian, Victorian and other Governments.  He is Chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, Chair of the Victorian Government’s Taxi Industry Inquiry and is a Member of the Selection Panel for Australian Broadcasting Commission and the Special Broadcasting Service Boards. He is also currently Chairman of the Haven Foundation, which seeks to provide accommodation and support for the long-term mentally ill. He is Chairman of Visy Australasia Governance Board.

Professor Fels is International Advisor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Co-Director, China Competition Research Centre; and Co-Editor, China Competition Bulletin.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2001.


Professor Fels currently teaches on the following ANZSOG course:

International programs

Recent publications


Book chapters


Conferences & lectures

Newspaper articles


Television appearances


Fels, A 1972, The British Prices and Incomes Board, Occasional Paper 29, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 

Book chapters

Fels, A & Mardirossian, Z 2010, ‘Cooperation, comity, and competition policy in Australia’, in A Guzmán (ed.), Cooperation, comity, and competition policy, Oxford University Press, New York City.

Fels, A & Mardirossian, Z 2009, ‘Australia’, in M.M. Dabbah and B.E. Hawk (Eds.), Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, Cambridge University Press.

Fels, A & Mardirossian, Z 2008, ‘Australia’, in M.M. Dabbah and B.E. Hawk (Eds.), Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, 2nd Supplement to the 1st Edition, Cambridge University Press.

Fels, A & Mardirossian, Z 2007, ‘Australia’, in M.M. Dabbah and B.E. Hawk (Eds.), Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, 1st Supplement to the 1st Edition, Cambridge University Press.

Fels, A & Mardirossian, Z 2005, ‘Australia’, in M.M. Dabbah and B.E. Hawk (Eds.), Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, 1st Edition, Cambridge University Press. 

Fels, A 2003, ‘Understanding how population affects the quality of competition in our economy’ in S.Vizard, H.J. Martin & T. Watts (Eds.), Australia’s Population Challenge, Penguin Books, Victoria, Australia.

Fels, A 2002, ‘Competition and globalisation’ in C. Saunders & G. Triggs (Eds.), Trade and Cooperation with the EU in the New Millennium, Kluwer Law International, United Kingdom.

Fels, A 2002, ‘Governance Issues – what are the alternative structures?  Australia’s experience’ in Canadian Competition Policy:  Preparing for the Future, Government of Canada and University of Western Ontario.

Fels, A & Parker, D, Comley, B and Beri, V 2001, ‘Occupational regulation’ in G. Amato & L. Laudati (Eds.), The Anticompetitive Impact of Regulation, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc, UK.

Fels, A 2001, ‘Australia’s comprehensive review of anticompetitive laws’ in G. Amato & L. Laudati (Eds.), The Anticompetitive Impact of Regulation, Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.

Fels, A 2000,  ‘The Australian competition policy reforms’ in E Hope (Ed.), Competition Policy Analysis, Routledge, London.  

Journal articles

Fels, A 2010, ‘Executive remuneration in Australia’, Australian Accounting Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 76–82.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Behavioural economics: questioning the foundations of antitrust?’ Colloque New Frontiers of Antitrust, Concurrences, no. 2.

Fels, A 2010, 'Competition Policy’, Ecodate, Vol 24, No. 4, pp 2-4.

Fels, A 2010, 'A Model of Antitrust Regulatory Strategy’, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol 41, No. 3, pp 489-520.

Fels, A & Cousins, D 2009, ‘The re-emergence of prices surveillance’, University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 46.

Fels, A & Cousins, D 2009, ‘The Re-emergence of Prices Surveillance’, University of New South Wales Law Journal Forum, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp 46-59.

Fels, A 2009, ‘The regulation of retailing – lessons for developing countries’, Asia Pacific Business Review, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 13–27.

Fels, A 2008, ‘Regulation of Retailing in India: Entry of Foreign Retailers into the Developing Economies’, The Retail Digest, pp 14-19.

Fels, A ‘Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, 2006: Maureen Brunt’, Economic Record, Vol. 83, Iss. 261, pp 204–207.

Fels, A 2004, ‘Regulating markets:  Marketing regulation', Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol 63, No. 1, pp 29-36.

Fels, A 2004, ‘Past and Future of Competition Law’, Economic Papers, Vol. 23 No. pp 3-12.

Fels, A 2004, 'Economic Record Foreword’ in The Big Picture:  How Environment Influences Corporate Profit, The Association of Chartered Accountants, Australia.

Fels, A 2004, ‘Corporate philanthropy: new models for the 21st century’,  The Journal of Contemporary Analysis, vol 76, Issue 1, pp 30-34.

Fels, A & Grimwade, T 2003, ’Authorisation: is it still relevant to Australian competition law’, Competition and Consumer Law Journal.

Fels, A 2003, ‘Foreword’, Trade Practices Law Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 6-11.

Fels, A 2003, ‘Looking back on ten years of Australian Competition Law’, Competition and Consumer Law Journal. 

Fels, A 2001, ‘A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform – Regulating Access to Essential Facilities’, Agenda, vol. 8, no. 3, pp.195-207.

Fels, A 2001, ‘Competition Policy: Lessons from International Experience’, The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, paper no.62.

Fels, A 2001, ‘The Trade Practices Act – Past, Present and Future’, Trade Practices Law Journal, pp.5-18.

China Competition Bulletin

Professor Fels is also Co-Editor of the China Competition Bulletin, a monthly publication about China’s competition and regulatory policy by the China Competition Research Centre (CCRC).

Conferences & lectures

Fels, A 2010, ‘The role of advocacy’, Asian Competition Forum Annual Conference: Capacity Building in New Asian Competition Regimes, Hong Kong, December 6–7.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Government barriers to competition’, Global Competition Conference: Implementing Competition Law and Policy, Global Perspectives, New Delhi, November 19.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Looking to the future: what post crisis agenda for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in a shifting power scenario?’, WTO Public Forum 2010: The Forces Shaping World Trade, Geneva, September 17.

Fels, A (keynote speaker) 2010, Sixth Seoul International Competition Forum, Seoul, September 15.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Strategies for competition advocacy’, OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs Competition Committee; Latin American Competition Forum – San José, San José, September 9.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Frameworks for advocacy’, paper presented to the Eighth Meeting of the Latin American Competition Forum, San José, September 9.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Lessons from Australia’s competition policy reforms’, ANZSOG Annual Conference, Melbourne, August 11.

Fels, A, Garnaut, R, Corden, M, Drysdale, P, Yao, Y, Howes, S, Woo, W & Song, L 2010, ‘China update 2010: session 04 – the long term prospects for China’s growth’, The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Podcast Series, Canberra, July 14.

Fels, A 2010, Keynote Address to the External Dispute Resolution (EDR) Forum, Melbourne, June 8.

Fels, A 2010, ‘The interface between competition and consumer policies’, Fifth International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Pre-International Competition Network (ICN) Forum on Competition and Development, Istanbul, April 26.

Fels, A 2010, ‘Executive remuneration’, Bond University Postgraduate Centre Symposium – Global Financial Crisis: The Way Forward, Sydney, April 9.

Fels, A 2010, Address to Conference on Competition Policy after the Crisis: Fifth Anniversary of the Foundation of the OECD-Hungary Regional Centre for Competition in Budapest, Budapest, March 3.

Fels, A 2010, ‘New frontiers of antitrust’, First Annual International Concurrences Conference – Paris, Paris, February 15.

Fels, A 2009, Address to the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) Institute for Regulation & Competition, New Delhi, November 25–26.

Fels, A & Adler, L 2009, ‘Debate: what price cheaper books’, The National Press Club, Canberra, November 11.

Fels, A 2009, Address to the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHURI), Melbourne, July 17.

Fels, A 2009, ‘Predicting outcomes of the telecommunications regulatory reform’, The Australian Financial Review Broadband Conference 2009: Opportunities for Business Growth, Sydney, July 7.

Newspaper articles

Fels, A 2010, ‘Review boosts voting rights, curbs excess’, The Age, January 5.

Fels, A 2009, ‘Publishers’ profits need to be brought to book’, The Age, November 12.

Fels, A 2009, ‘Telstra should get up before it’s a train wreck’, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 17.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Guarantee use-by date is close’, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 22.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Competitive fly in the ointment’, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 8.

Fels, A 2009, ‘Reading through the lines’, The Age, July 23.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘State cracks emerge in national reform’, Brisbane Times, July 13.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Beware the raised hammer in Rudd’s hands’, The Age, June 13.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘The good oil is that stocks are already running thin’, The Age, April 18.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Rudd’s consumer activism over the top’, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 20.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Time to welcome Chinese investment’, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 9.

Fels, A 2009, ‘Local readers forgotten in battle over books’, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 16.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Decision time is looming for the Murdoch family’, The Age, January 27.

Fels, A & Brenchley, F 2009, ‘Environment gets ignored as noisy lobbies rewarded’, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 10.


Fels, A et al, Economists’ statement regarding the resource super profits tax, June 9 2010.

Television appearances

Fels, A, ‘Nerves of steel’, The 7:30 Report, broadcast May 4 2010.