Between 1995 and 2003, Professor Fels was the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Professor Fels was also Chairman of the former Trade Practices Commission from 1991 until 1995 and Chairman of the Prices Surveillance Authority from 1989 until 1992. He was the Victorian Prices Commissioner from 1982 to 1991 and has served on numerous other government bodies.
Professor Fels 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 is now an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University 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, 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 Ph.D thesis was published as The British Prices and Incomes Board by Cambridge University Press.
Professor Fels was the Co-Chairman of the Joint Group on Trade and Competition at the OECD from 1996 until 2003.
He was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2001.
In his capacity as consultant to Arnold Bloch Leibler, Professor Fels contributes his unique insight into competition policy and legislation, administrative law and the broader issues of business regulation.