Jim Cox appointed deputy chair of the AER

Jim Cox
Jim Cox

The Governor-General has appointed Jim Cox as the deputy chair of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

AER Chair Clare Savage today welcomed the two-year appointment that commenced on June 26, 2020.

“Jim’s new position as the AER’s deputy chair highlights the growth of the agency and we are thrilled about this appointment,” Ms Savage said.

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“Jim is a man of considerable integrity and with outstanding reputation. He commands respect with all stakeholders for his independence and impartiality. He is genuinely committed to serving the long-term interests of energy consumers.

“On a personal level, I have really enjoyed getting to know Jim and working with him over the last eight months. He has been a great support to me as I have transitioned into the role of Chair. His patience and kindness along with his insight and perspective are deeply valued by me and I am delighted that he will now expand his support of the AER as Deputy Chair for the next two years.”

Jim Cox’s appointment acknowledges his deep expertise and experience in the Australian public sector.

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Jim has had a distinguished career that includes roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Social Welfare Policy Secretariat of the Department of Social Security. He was a Tribunal member of the NSW regulator, Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), between 1996 and 2013. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day honours list in 2011 for outstanding public service to IPART.

Jim Cox has been a Board member since 2013. In 2017 he was reappointed as a full-time state and territory member of the AER Board for a further three-years.