Graeme Samuel

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Graeme Samuel

2nd Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
In office
1 July 2003 – 31 July 2011
Preceded byAllan Fels
Succeeded byRod Sims
Personal details
Alma materLL.B,
University of Melbourne
Monash University

Graeme Julian Samuel AC (born 31 May 1946) is an Australian businessman. He was the Managing Director and head of the Melbourne office of M&A advisory firm Greenhill Caliburn,[1] and is a member of the Australian National University Council.[2] He previously served as the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 1 July 2003 to 31 July 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Samuel was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, and studied law at both the University of Melbourne (LLB) and Monash University (LLM). He has had a long career in law, working as a partner in Melbourne law firm Phillips Fox & Masel (now part of DLA Piper), and in business served as the executive director of Macquarie Bank from 1981 to 1986.


He has also had extensive involvement in senior levels of sports management in Australia. Samuel recently joined the Australian Rugby League Commission, which governs the NRL and is a former commissioner of the Australian Football League (he became a life member of the league in 1995). During his time as AFL commissioner, Samuel was one of the so-called "faceless men" who were vilified by supporters during the attempted merger or relocation of clubs such as Footscray, Fitzroy, Melbourne and Hawthorn.[3]

On 3 May 1995, The Age highlighted Samuel’s vision for the future of the AFL under the title 'The Samuel Vision' — which included the following major points:

  • Port Adelaide’s entry to the AFL is a priority.
  • The AFL is being damaged by maintaining 11 clubs in Victoria.
  • Fitzroy should consider merging with Brisbane.
  • Commission should no longer deal with issues of discipline.
  • Waverley Park’s future will depend on how many clubs are in the competition.
  • A minimum salary cap should be considered for clubs.
  • Western Oval is not necessarily the best place for Footscray.
  • Minimum level of contribution to AFL revenue a condition of clubs keeping license.

Samuel was also the chairman of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, which oversees both Melbourne Park and Olympic Park, Melbourne.

In July 2012, Samuel was appointed Chairman of the Victorian Taxi Services Commission following the Victorian Government's initiative to clean up and provide better regulation around the taxi cab industry.[4] The Government's Taxi Industry Inquiry headed by Professor Allan Fels recommended sweeping reforms to improve taxi services in Victoria. Samuel is charged with overseeing on the ground implementation of Fels' reforms.

Not For Profit roles[edit]

Chair of Dementia Australia [5]


On 8 June 1998 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.[6]

On 14 June 2010 he was promoted to Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queens's Birthday Honours list for services to the community, public administration, economic reform and corporate law.[7]

On 1 January 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal.[8]

On 16 January 2001 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.[9]


  1. ^ The Australian (2011). Graeme Samuel sparks debate over new role at Greenhill Caliburn. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  2. ^ ANU News (2011). Graeme Samuel joins ANU Council. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  3. ^ How the AFL commission broke the shackles The Age 1 December 2009
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ It's an Honour: AO. Retrieved 6 July 2013
  7. ^ It's an Honour: AC. Retrieved 6 July 2013
  8. ^ It's an Honour: Centenary Medal. Retrieved 6 July 2013
  9. ^ It's an Honour: Australian Sports Medal. Retrieved 6 July 2013

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Preceded by
Allan Fels
Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Succeeded by
Rod Sims