Emeritus Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM

Emeritus Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM is an Emeritus Professor in Economics at Monash University, and is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts from the University of Natal and Doctor of Philosophy from the London School of Economics. 

Born in South Africa, he emigrated to Australia in 1963, where he began his academic career, working for 26 years at The University of Melbourne. During this period, Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen held temporary posts at the University of Pittsburgh (1966 and 1971); the International Labor Office, Geneva (1967); the British Department of Industry and Trade (1972); and the University of Natal (1979). 

Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen is currently a member of the Board of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and Chair of the Board of the (Monash Prato) Bill Kent Foundation. His many earlier roles have included Foundation Director of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, 2004 to 2011; Director of the Monash Centre in Prato, 2012; Deputy Chancellor of RMIT University, 2004 to 2006, and member of RMIT University’s Council, 2003 to 2013; Foundation Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural Research, 1989 to 1996; and Chief Executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, 1996 to 2002. In 2007 and 2008, Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen held the title of Visiting Professor at King’s College London; and from 2011 to 2013, he was a Professorial Fellow of the Asia Institute at The University of Melbourne. 

Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen has chaired four Victorian State Government Inquiries: Revenue Raising in Victoria, 1982-1983; Review of Victoria’s Liquor Control Act, 1985 to 1986; A Multicultural Act for Victoria, 2005; and Hardship Accounts in the Electricity Industry, 2008. Three of these reports have been translated into legislation. Of particular note was the new Victorian Liquor Act, in 1988, which implemented Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen’s recommendations, leading to a radical and liberalising overhaul of the State’s liquor laws, which has stood the test of time. In 2000, Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen was made a Special Legend of the Victorian Wine and Food Festival. 

The latest book in Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen’s large publications list is his part autobiography entitled Ngoanyana, A South African Story, which was published by Melbourne Books in 2016. 

In 2003, Emeritus Professor Nieuwenhuysen was appointed to the Order of Australia for his contribution to independent public and private sector research on multicultural, immigration, equity, Indigenous, taxation, labour and industry issues, and to reform of the liquor laws of Victoria.