Our People Matthew Butlin, Senior Associate / VICTORIA & TASMANIA
(61 3) 8650 6000

Matthew Butlin is a policy adviser with deep and broad expertise in public policy development and review, regulation and organisation effectiveness.  He has advised governments, public and private sector CEOs during a long and distinguished career in both private and public sectors.

Matthew joined ACIL Allen after completing his appointment as Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner from 2015 to 2018. In this role reporting to the Victorian Treasurer he worked with Victorian businesses and business associations to identify red tape and poor regulation that were constraining jobs and investment.  He successfully used this intelligence to pursue opportunities for better regulation with the top leadership of many Victorian regulators and agencies.

From 2008 to 2015, Matthew was the Chair of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission where he was an independent advisor to the Victorian Government on regulatory and policy issues. At VCEC he delivered 12 public inquiries including on local government regulation, environmental regulation, a State-based reform agenda, school autonomy and Victoria’s regulatory framework.  He was also accountable for Victoria’s regulatory impact assessment system, which saved Victoria more than $1.6 billion in avoided regulatory inefficiencies during that period.

Matthew’s career prior to joining the Victorian public sector includes being a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission where he undertook two reviews of the cutting the burden of regulation (manufacturing and wholesale/retail trade sectors).  His private sector experience includes senior executive roles in CRA Ltd (now Rio Tinto), Newcrest Mining and management consulting.  His public sector experience also includes senior roles in the Commonwealth, including Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury and Employment, Education and Training.  

Matthew holds a first class honours degree in economics from the Australian National University and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.