Professor Allan Fels is the Chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, and serves or has served on several government advisory boards in the field of mental health. He is also Chairman of the Haven Foundation, which seeks to provide accommodation and support for the long-term mentally ill.
He is patron of many mental health networks, and was a member of the Bayside Health Board for several years. Professor Fels is a long-term advocate of mental health policy reform and a carer for his daughter.
He is former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (1995-2003). Prior to that he was Chair of its predecessor body, the Trade Practices Commission (1991-1995) and of the Prices Surveillance Authority (1989-1992).
He is currently a professorial fellow in the University of Melbourne, both in the Melbourne Law School and in the Faculty of Economics and Business, an adjunct professor at Monash University in the Faculty of Business and Economics, and visiting professor at the Division of Social Sciences in the University of Oxford. Professor Fels is former Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), a position he occupied from 2003 (as Foundation Dean) until 2012.
Professor Fels is Chair of the Commonwealth Government, Migrant Worker Taskforce, Chair of the Visy Australasia Governance Board and member of the Global Advisory Board of Uber.